During the last 30 or 40 years, blast injury has become more and more common in certain countries. Most of these injuries are the result of terrorist activity or civilian conflicts. The leading countries are Great Britain, the former Yugoslavia, and Israel. Not only has the number of terrorist attempts grown, but also the magnitude and potency of blast munitions has increased over the years, thus augmenting the risk of severe injuries. Understanding the mechanism of explosions and the possible injuries inflicted by blast is crucial in an attempt to save wounded patients. Therefore, treatment of blast injuries should be part of the common knowledge of every surgeon and physician treating severely injured patients [1, 2, 3, 4].


Blast Wave Blast Loading Eardrum Perforation Blast Injury Systolic Pressure Variation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Muggia-Sullam
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  1. 1.Department of SurgeryHadassah Hebrew University Medical CentreJerusalemIsrael

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