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Penetrating chest injury

Ousmane Thiam, Ibrahima Konate, Mohamadou Lamine Gueye, Alpha Omar Toure, Mamadou Seck, Mamadou Cisse, Balla Diop, Elias Said Dirie, Ousmane Ka, Mbaye Thiam, Madieng Dieng, Abdarahmane Dia, Cheikh Tidiane Toure
INTRODUCTION: Diaphragmatic injuries include wounds and diaphragm ruptures, due to a thoracoabdominal blunt or penetrating traumas. Their incidence ranges between 0.8 and 15 %. The diagnosis is often delayed, despite several medical imaging techniques. The surgical management remains controversal, particularly for the choice of the surgical approach and technique. The mortality is mainly related to associated injuries. The aim of our study was to evaluate the incidence of diaphragmatic injuries occuring in thoraco-abdominal traumas, and to discuss their epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment...
2016: SpringerPlus
Fahad Almehmadi, Mark Chandy, Kim A Connelly, Jeremy Edwards
Delayed cardiac tamponade after a penetrating chest injury is a rare complication. The clinical diagnosis of tamponade is facilitated with imaging. We present a case report of a 23-year-old male who was brought to emergency after multiple stab wounds to the chest. After resuscitation and repair of laceration of right internal mammary artery and right ventricle, he was discharged but later returned with shortness of breath. Echocardiography revealed a rare case of delayed pericardial tamponade causing left ventricular collapse...
2016: Case Reports in Cardiology
Mark M Hammer, Demetrios A Raptis, Vincent M Mellnick, Sanjeev Bhalla, Constantine A Raptis
Injuries to the diaphragm muscle occur in penetrating and severe blunt trauma and can lead to delayed hernia formation. Computed tomography is the mainstay in the diagnosis of these injuries, which may be subtle at presentation. Imaging findings differ between blunt and penetrating trauma. Key features in blunt trauma include diaphragm fragment distraction and organ herniation because of increased intra-abdominal pressure. In penetrating trauma, herniation is uncommon, and the trajectory of the object is critical in making the diagnosis of diaphragm injury in these patients...
September 19, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
Sameh I Sersar, Khalid A Albohiri, Hysam Abdelmohty
BACKGROUND: Retained foreign bodies in the chest may include shell fragments, bullets, shrapnel, pieces of clothing, bones, and rib fragments. The risks of removal of foreign bodies must be weighed against the complications of leaving them inside the chest. METHODS: We treated 90 cases of retained intrathoracic foreign bodies in patients admitted to 3 tertiary centers in Saudi Arabia between March 2015 and March 2016. Sixty patients were injured by shrapnel, 26 had one or more bullets, 3 had broken rib fragments, and one had a metal screw...
September 15, 2016: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
H Drinhaus, T Annecke, J Hinkelbein
Decompression of the chest is a life-saving invasive procedure for tension pneumothorax, trauma-associated cardiopulmonary resuscitation or massive haematopneumothorax that every emergency physician or intensivist must master. Particularly in the preclinical setting, indication must be restricted to urgent cases, but in these cases chest decompression must be executed without delay, even in subpar circumstances. The methods available are needle decompression or thoracentesis via mini-thoracotomy with or without insertion of a chest tube in the midclavicular line of the 2nd/3rd intercostal space (Monaldi-position) or in the anterior to mid-axillary line of the 4th/5th intercostal space (Bülau-position)...
October 2016: Der Anaesthesist
Dietrich Doll, Markus Eichler, Pantelis Vassiliu, Kenneth Boffard, Tim Pohlemann, Elias Degiannis
BACKGROUND: Penetrating trauma is becoming increasingly common in parts of the world where previously it was rare. At the same time, general surgeons and surgical trainees are becoming more specialized, and less comfortable operating within areas beyond their zone of specialization. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this manuscript is to assess the technical difficulties encountered in operating on patients who have sustained penetrating trauma, and to prove to general surgeons that the technical skills and techniques required are no different to those required for abdominal surgery, and do not require additional dexterity...
August 23, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
Jing Lu, Bo Wang, Xiangming Che, Xuqi Li, Guanglin Qiu, Shicai He, Lin Fan
BACKGROUND: Traumatic diaphragmatic hernias (TDHs) are sometimes difficult to identify at an early stage and can consequently result in diagnostic delays with life-threatening outcomes. It is the aim of this case study to highlight the difficulties encountered with the earlier detection of traumatic diaphragmatic hernias. METHODS: Clinical data of patients who received treatment for delayed traumatic diaphragmatic hernias in registers of the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University from 1998 to 2014 were analyzed retrospectively...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Malavika Kulkarni, Manjunath Prabhu, Sagar Maddineni
Direct injury to airway is a rare event and also a challenge to anaesthesiologist and surgeon. We present a case report of open tracheal injury with right pneumothorax in a young male following assault with a sharp weapon. In spite of a chest tube in situ, the patient came with collapse of one lung and tachypnoea which required surgical exploration. Lower airway was evaluated by fibre-optic bronchoscopy through the open tracheal wound while he was awake and tracheal tube was passed over the bronchoscope. There was no vascular or oesophageal injury detected...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
Stephan A Bolliger, Beat P Kneubuehl, Michael J Thali, Sebastian Eggert, Lea Siegenthaler
PURPOSE: In addition to reconstructing the course of events, the medical examiner will often have to answer questions regarding the force necessary to inflict a certain injury in stabbing incidents. Several groups have examined the force needed to penetrate soft-tissue and clothing; however, no studies addressing the energy needed for penetrating ribs exist. Therefore, we decided to investigate this force on an animal model. METHOD: Ribs from healthy, 8 to 10-month-old pigs were used as a substitute for human ribs...
August 9, 2016: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
Albert Wandaogo, Toussaint Wendlamita Tapsoba, Isso Ouédraogo, Bernadette Béré, S F Ouédraogo, E Bandré
Traumas of the foetus caused by stabbings are rare but actually life-threatening for both the foetus and the mother. We report a case of penetrating chest wound on a baby taken from the obstetrics unit to the paediatric surgical department. His mother was assaulted by his father, a mentally sick person with no appropriate follow-up. The foetus did not show any sign of vital distress. Surgical exploration of the wound has revealed a section of the 10 th rib, a laceration of the pleura and a tearing of the diaphragm...
July 2016: African Journal of Paediatric Surgery: AJPS
Marco Chiarelli, Martino Gerosa, Angelo Guttadauro, Francesco Gabrielli, Giuseppe Vertemati, Massimo Cazzaniga, Luca Fumagalli, Matilde De Simone, Ugo Cioffi
BACKGROUND: The majority of patients with severe blunt chest trauma is successfully treated with supportive measures and thoracostomy tube; only few cases need urgent thoracotomy. Lung-sparing techniques are treatments of choice but major pulmonary resections are necessary in case of injuries involving hilar vessels or bronchi. Currently the mortality associated with pulmonary lobectomy performed for chest trauma is 40%. METHODS: Over a 2-year period [2013-2014], 210 patients with chest trauma were hospitalized at our Institution...
July 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Joel S Corvera
Acute aortic syndrome (AAS) is a term used to describe a constellation of life-threatening aortic diseases that have similar presentation, but appear to have distinct demographic, clinical, pathological and survival characteristics. Many believe that the three major entities that comprise AAS: aortic dissection (AD), intramural hematoma (IMH) and penetrating aortic ulcer (PAU), make up a spectrum of aortic disease in which one entity may evolve into or coexist with another. Much of the confusion in accurately classifying an AAS is that they present with similar symptoms: typically acute onset of severe chest or back pain, and may have similar radiographic features, since the disease entities all involve injury or disruption of the medial layer of the aortic wall...
May 2016: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Kseniya Orlik, Erin Leslie Simon, Carrie Hemmer, Maria Ramundo
We present a case of traumatic intercostal pulmonary herniation in an 11-year-old boy after blunt trauma to the chest, without associated chest wall disruption or pneumothorax. This condition is especially uncommon in children, with only 5 previously reported cases and most occurring after penetrating chest trauma. To date, there are no reports in literature describing traumatic intercostal lung herniation at the diaphragmatic junction with a closed chest cavity in a child. The number of traumatic lung herniation diagnoses may be expanded by a more liberal use of computed tomography when serious injury is suspected...
July 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Aaron Strumwasser, Vincent Chong, Eveline Chu, Gregory P Victorino
BACKGROUND: The precise role of thoracic CT in penetrating chest trauma remains to be defined. We hypothesized that thoracic CT effectively screens hemodynamically normal patients with penetrating thoracic trauma to surgery vs. expectant management (NOM). METHODS: A ten-year review of all penetrating torso cases was retrospectively analyzed from our urban University-based trauma center. We included hemodynamically normal patients (systolic blood pressure ≥90) with penetrating chest injuries that underwent screening thoracic CT...
September 2016: Injury
A S Madsen, G L Laing, J L Bruce, D L Clarke
Introduction The aim of this comparative study of gunshot wounds (GSWs) and stab wounds (SWs) to the neck was to quantify the impact of the mechanism of injury on the outcome and management of penetrating neck injury (PNI). Methods A prospective trauma registry was interrogated retrospectively. Data were analysed pertaining to demographics and injury severity score (ISS), physiology on presentation, anatomical site of wounds and injuries sustained, investigations, management, outcome and complications. Results There were 452 SW and 58 GSW cases over the 46 months of the study...
September 2016: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Steven D Dolacky, Aimee A Wehber, Dale C Wortham, Madhur A Roberts, Brooke R Kaiser, Jeffrey B Hirsh
A 47 year old man with a history of ischemic cardiomyopathy and chronic systolic heart failure presented after he inadvertently shot himself in the left upper chest with a pneumatic nail gun, penetrating his implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) generator. The device was non-interrogable consistent with device failure. A new ICD was attached to the existing right ventricular lead, which showed no evidence of traumatic damage and normal lead parameters on interrogation. Aggressive debridement and antibiotic irrigation of the ICD pocket was performed and an antibacterial envelope was used...
May 31, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Osman Kones, Cevher Akarsu, Halil Dogan, Yildiz Okuturlar, Ahmet Cem Dural, Mehmet Karabulut, Eyup Gemici, Halil Alis
OBJECTIVES: Currently, diagnostic laparoscopy (DL) is recommended for the left thoraco-abdominal region penetrating injuries (LTARP). However, organ and diaphragmatic injury may not be detected in all of these patients. Our aim is to focus on this LTARP patient group without any operative findings and to highlight the evaluation of diagnostic tools in the high-tech era for a possible selected conservative treatment. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The patients who were admitted to ED due to LTARP, and who underwent routine DL were evaluated retrospectively in terms of demographic, clinical, radiological, and operative findings of the patients...
March 2016: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
E W Stranch, B L Zarzaur, S A Savage
INTRODUCTION: Penetrating cardiac injuries are infrequent but highly lethal. To address these injuries, cardiopulmonary bypass and cardiothoracic surgery availability are required for Level I trauma center verification. However, acute care surgeons are more readily available for this time-sensitive injury. The purpose of this study was to review an acute care surgery-based experience with penetrating cardiac trauma at an urban Level 1 trauma center. Our hypothesis was that care provided solely by acute care surgeons was both safe and effective for this patient population...
May 18, 2016: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Bellal Joseph, Kareem Ibraheem, Ansab A Haider, Narong Kulvatunyou, Andrew Tang, Terence O'Keeffe, Zachary M Bauman, Donald J Green, Rifat Latifi, Peter Rhee
BACKGROUND: Resuscitative thoracotomy (RT) has been the standard therapy in patients with acute arrest due to hemorrhagic shock. However; with the development of resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA), its role as a potential adjunct to a highly morbid intervention like RT is being discussed. The aim of this study was to identify patients that most likely would have potentially benefitted from REBOA use based on autopsy findings. METHODS: We performed a four-year retrospective review of all RT performed at our Level I trauma center...
May 18, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Alexander Levitov, Heidi L Frankel, Michael Blaivas, Andrew W Kirkpatrick, Erik Su, David Evans, Douglas T Summerfield, Anthony Slonim, Raoul Breitkreutz, Susanna Price, Matthew McLaughlin, Paul E Marik, Mahmoud Elbarbary
OBJECTIVE: To establish evidence-based guidelines for the use of bedside cardiac ultrasound, echocardiography, in the ICU and equivalent care sites. METHODS: Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation system was used to rank the "levels" of quality of evidence into high (A), moderate (B), or low (C) and to determine the "strength" of recommendations as either strong (strength class 1) or conditional/weak (strength class 2), thus generating six "grades" of recommendations (1A-1B-1C-2A-2B-2C)...
June 2016: Critical Care Medicine
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