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Abstract

Blunt chest injury is among the most-common types of injuries seen in modern civilization — most are caused by traffic crashes. They account for a large number of fatalities; many of them could be prevented by proper treatment. It is not the scope of this review to discuss in detail all the aspects of blunt chest trauma, but rather to concentrate on some topics. Some of them are common problems with simple solutions, others are more complex and controversial. Most of this review is based on excellent modern textbooks and on published guidelines. A short manual on management of trauma is the ABC of Trauma which is easily available [1]. Interested readers are referred to the outstanding book of Besson and Saegesser, which may be a bit outdated but is comprehensive and represents the personal experience of the authors [2].

Keywords

Blunt Trauma Blunt Chest Trauma Tube Thoracostomy Tension Pneumothorax Emergency Department Thoracotomy 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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