Trauma is the third leading cause of death in the USA and the leading cause of death for those under 40 years of age. Approximately 25% of trauma deaths result from thoracic injuries. In the USA each year, more than 300,000 patients are hospitalized and more than 25,000 die as a consequence of chest trauma [1, 2, 3]. Blunt trauma accounts for 90% of chest trauma and the most common causes of blunt trauma are motor-vehicle collisions and falls [4, 5].


Blunt Trauma Chest Trauma Aortic Injury Thoracic Injury Chest Film 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. A. Novelline
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  1. 1.Harvard Medical School, and Department of RadiologyMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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