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Penetrating trauma

Devin Ganesh, Ben Service, Brian Zirgibel, Kenneth Koval
OBJECTIVES: To assess the utility of the dorsal tangential view (DTV) in detecting intraoperative dorsal screw penetration in distal radius fractures treated with volar locked plating. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Academic level 1 trauma center. PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS: Skeletally mature patients where open reduction internal fixation with volar locked plating was the definitive treatment. A total of twenty-six patients were evaluated...
November 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Anders J Davidson, Lucas P Neff, Joseph J DuBose, James B Sampson, Christopher M Abbot, Timothy K Williams
Peripheral vascular injuries carry significant risk for permanent functional impairment, limb loss, and death. Definitive correction of these injuries requires significant operative time and has traditionally been resource and skill set intensive. In the initial surgical treatment of the physiologically depleted trauma patient, faster techniques may prove more appropriate. Damage control techniques, including vascular shunting, rapidly restore distal flow but require additional vascular intervention and risk shunt thrombosis with prolonged use...
November 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
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 such as RT is being discussed. The aim of this study was to identify patients who most likely would have potentially benefited from REBOA use based on autopsy findings. METHODS: We performed a 4-year retrospective review of all RTs performed at our Level I trauma center...
November 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Dat T Vo, George F Cravens, Robert E Germann
BACKGROUND: Intramedullary abscess is a rare neurosurgical condition that usually arises in the setting of penetrating trauma to the spinal cord, infected congenital dural sinuses, or tuberculosis. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a case of a 35-year-old African American male who presented with sepsis and a clinical picture of meningitis. The patient continued to have declining neurological status with decreasing sensation and worsening motor strength in all four extremities...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Roger Christopher Gill, K M Inam Pal, Fatima Mannan, Amber Bawa, Saulat H Fatimi
INTRODUCTION: Penetrating oesophageal injuries are extremely rare. Their timely recognition can be difficult and optimal treatment remains controversial. Early recognition of injury is possible with the help of a high index of suspicion and early radiological and endoscopic examinations. Prompt surgical intervention with primary repair of injury, should be the goal. PRESENTATION OF CASES: We describe two cases of penetrating oesophageal trauma where T-Tube placement through the oesophageal defect, was successfully employed...
January 4, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Nicholas S Szuflita, Chris J Neal, Michael K Rosner, Ralph F Frankowski, Robert G Grossman
Spine injuries are more prevalent among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans than among veterans of previous conflicts. The purpose of this investigation was to characterize the context, mode, and clinical outcomes of spine injuries sustained by U.S. military personnel in theater. Injury and clinical data from patients who sustained a spine injury in Iraq or Afghanistan between 2003 and 2008 were extracted from the Joint Theater Trauma Registry. Fischer's exact test was used to compare demographic variables between battle and nonbattle spine injuries...
October 2016: Military Medicine
Megan J Leonhard, Dagan A Wright, Rongwei Fu, David P Lehrfeld, Kathleen F Carlson
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) greatly contributes to morbidity and mortality in the pediatric population. We examined potential urban/rural disparities in mortality amongst Oregon pediatric patients with TBI treated in trauma hospitals. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of children ages 0-19 using the Oregon Trauma Registry for years 2009-2012. Geographic location of injury was classified using the National Center for Health Statistics Urban/Rural Classification Scheme...
December 2015: Injury Epidemiology
David Parizh, Vadim Meytes, Anthony Kopatsis
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October 14, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
S Saar, M Sokirjanski, L K Junkin, J Laos, A L Laar, I Merioja, U Lepner, L Kukk, A Remmelgas, T Asser, K Innos, J Starkopf, P Talving
PURPOSE: Trauma mechanisms and patterns of severe injuries during the Estonian independence have not been evaluated. The aim of the study was to compare the incidence and outcomes of severe injuries between time periods of early independence from the Soviet Union and the present time. METHODS: After the ethics review board approval, all adult trauma admissions to major trauma facilities in 1993-1994 and 2013-2014 with Injury Severity Score >15 were identified...
October 13, 2016: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Chad Turner, Shane Hiatt, Brian Mullis
Commonly accepted dogma is that patients with a long bone fracture due to a penetrating injury (gunshot wound) are less likely to follow up than blunt trauma patients. An institutional trauma database from a Level 1 academic trauma center was utilized to include all patients with long bone fractures from penetrating trauma from 2006-2009 (N = 132). Demographically matched blunt trauma patients with long bone fractures were included as a comparison group (N = 104). The medical records of these 236 patients were reviewed to observe their follow-up at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months...
September 2016: American Journal of Orthopedics
R T Spence, E Zargaran, M Hameed, D Fong, E Shangguan, R Martinez, P Navsaria, A Nicol
BACKGROUND: The cost of Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) coding has limited its utility in areas of the world with the highest incidence of trauma. We hypothesised that emerging mobile health (m-health) technology could offer a cost-effective alternative to the current gold-standard AIS mechanism in a high-volume trauma centre in South Africa. METHODS: A prospectively collected sample of consecutive patients admitted following a traumatic injury that required an operation during a 1-month period was selected for the study...
September 8, 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
Winai Chaidaroon, Sumet Supalaset, Napaporn Tananuvat, Nongnuch Vanittanakom
PURPOSE: To report a rare case of keratitis infected by Bipolaris hawaiiensis. METHODS: A patient who was diagnosed as fungal keratitis caused by B. hawaiiensis was retrospectively reviewed for history, clinical characteristics, risk factors, laboratory findings, treatments, and outcomes. RESULTS: A 63-year-old man with a history of trauma and saw dust in the left eye presented with a corneal ulcer. Eye examination revealed whitish infiltration with a feathery edge and small brownish deposits in the anterior stroma of the left cornea...
May 2016: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
Tony Rosen, Sunday Clark, Elizabeth M Bloemen, Mary R Mulcare, Michael E Stern, Jeffrey E Hall, Neal E Flomenbaum, Mark S Lachs, Soumitra R Eachempati
INTRODUCTION: While geriatric trauma patients have begun to receive increased attention, little research has investigated assault-related injuries among older adults. Our goal was to describe characteristics, treatment, and outcomes of geriatric assault victims and compare them both to geriatric victims of accidental injury and younger assault victims. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of the 2008-2012 National Trauma Data Bank. We identified cases of assault-related injury admitted to trauma centers in patients aged ≥60 using the variable "intent of injury...
September 3, 2016: Injury
Jonathan P Riley, Andrew B Boucher, Denise S Kim, Daniel L Barrow, Matthew R Reynolds
BACKGROUND: Transorbital intracranial penetrating trauma (TIPT) with a retained intracranial foreign body is a rare event lacking a widely-accepted diagnostic and therapeutic algorithm. Intraoperative catheter angiography (IOA) has been advocated by some authorities to rule out cerebrovascular injury prior and/or subsequent to removal of the object, but no standard of care currently exists. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 19-year-old male was involved in a construction site accident whereby a framing nail penetrated the left globe, traversed the lateral bony orbit, and terminated in the mid-temporal lobe...
September 28, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Daniel W Spaite, Chengcheng Hu, Bentley J Bobrow, Vatsal Chikani, Bruce Barnhart, Joshua B Gaither, Kurt R Denninghoff, P David Adelson, Samuel M Keim, Chad Viscusi, Terry Mullins, Duane Sherrill
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Survival is significantly reduced by either hypotension or hypoxia during the out-of-hospital management of major traumatic brain injury. However, only a handful of small studies have investigated the influence of the combination of both hypotension and hypoxia occurring together. In patients with major traumatic brain injury, we evaluate the associations between mortality and out-of-hospital hypotension and hypoxia separately and in combination. METHODS: All moderate or severe traumatic brain injury cases in the preimplementation cohort of the Excellence in Prehospital Injury Care study (a statewide, before/after, controlled study of the effect of implementing the out-of-hospital traumatic brain injury treatment guidelines) from January 1, 2007, to March 31, 2014, were evaluated (exclusions: <10 years, out-of-hospital oxygen saturation ≤10%, and out-of-hospital systolic blood pressure <40 or >200 mm Hg)...
September 27, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Sanne Jensen Dich, Alaa El-Hussuna
INTRODUCTION: We present a case of a presacral hematoma, which penetrated into the rectum resulting in rectal bleeding. This is an unusual presentation of a presacral hematoma. PRESENTATION OF THE CASE: A 76-year-old woman, using warfarin anticoagulant prophylaxis, presented with a rectal bleed two days after a fall. A sigmoidoscopy revealed that the source of bleeding was a presacral hematoma penetrating into the rectum. A Computed Tomography scan of the pelvis confirmed the presence of a hematoma measuring 10×9...
September 22, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Salma Charfeddine, Dorra Abid, Faten Triki, Souad Mallek, Leila Abid, Samir Kammoun, Ayman Dammak, Imed Frikha
We reported a rare case of non-penetrating chest trauma-induced fistula from the right sinus of Valsalva to the right heart chambers. The ruptured sinus of Valsalva aneurysm was diagnosed preoperatively and operated on successfully. The rarity of this case highlights the need for a precise preoperative diagnosis, the role of transthoracic echocardiography, and the importance of a prompt surgical management.
October 2016: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association
M Garetier, L Deloire, F Dédouit, E Dumousset, C Saccardy, D Ben Salem
Suicide is the eighth cause of mortality in France and the leading cause in people aged between 25 and 34 years. The most common methods of suicide are hanging, self-poisoning with medicines and firearms. Postmortem computed tomography (CT) is a useful adjunct to autopsy to confirm suicide and exclude other causes of death. At autopsy, fractures of the hyoid bone or thyroid cartilage, or both, are found in more than 50% of suicidal hangings. Cervical vertebra fractures are rare and only seen in suicide victims jumping from a great height...
September 26, 2016: Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging
Garrett G A Casale, Brian A Fishero, Stephen S Park, Mark Sochor, Sara B Heltzel, J Jared Christophel
Importance: The practice of facial trauma surgery would benefit from a useful quantitative scale that measures the extent of injury. Objective: To develop a facial trauma scale that incorporates only reducible fractures and is able to be reliably communicated to health care professionals. Design and Setting: A cadaveric tissue study was conducted from October 1 to 3, 2014. Ten cadaveric heads were subjected to various degrees of facial trauma by dropping a fixed mass onto each head...
September 29, 2016: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
Ali Babashahi, Morteza Taheri
Spinal kyphotic deformity after spinal laminectomy or laminoplasty is more common in pediatric patients than adults. Laminectomy can lead to decreased cartilage growth, anterior wedging and posterior spinal muscle insufficiency which can result in kyphotic deformity. Herein we outline a case report of a child presenting with kyphotic deformity after receiving a spinal laminectomy to treat a penetrating spinal trauma. The 8-year-old male presented with penetrating spinal trauma following a gunshot wound and subsequently underwent L1 laminectomy and thecal sac decompression to remove the foreign body...
March 2016: J Spine Surg
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