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Rahman Barry, Errington Thompson
INTRODUCTION: Rib fractures after blunt trauma contribute substantially to morbidity and mortality in the elderly. METHODS: Retrospective review of 255 patients ≥65 years old at a level 2 trauma center over 6 years, who sustained blunt trauma resulting in rib fractures. Outcomes measured include mortality, hospital length of stay(LOS), intensive care unit(ICU) admission, ICU LOS, need for MV, and MV days. RESULTS: There were 24 deaths (9...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Surgery
John H Harris, William H Harris, Sanjay Jain, A Y Ferguson, David A Hill, Amy M Trahan
PURPOSE: CTA is routinely ordered on level II blunt thoraco-abdominally injured patients for assessment of injury to the thoracic aorta. The vast majority of such assessments are negative. The question being asked is, Does the accurate interpretation of the three mediastinal signs permit reliable determination of which patients need CTA for aortic assessment? The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the role of three specifically selected mediastinal anatomic signs on the initial supine chest radiograph (CXR) of adult level II blunt thoraco-abdominally injured patients for the presence or absence of a mediastinal hematoma...
March 13, 2018: Emergency Radiology
Tsunehiko Konomi, Kota Suda, Satoko Matsumoto, Miki Komatsu, Masahiko Takahata, Norimasa Iwasaki, Akio Minami
Introduction: There are considerable risks for vertebral artery (VA) injury in case of corrective surgery for a severe and rigid cervical kyphotic deformity. This case report describes a rare case of surgical management for pre-existing traumatic rigid cervical kyphosis associated with unilateral VA occlusion. Case presentation: A 73-year-old male fell down and injured his neck. He was referred to our hospital 10 months after injury because his degree of head drop progressed gradually to a chin-on-chest position such that he could not look straight forward...
2018: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
Morgan Schellenberg, Kenji Inaba, James M Bardes, Nicholas Orozco, Jessica Chen, Caroline Park, Tarina Kang, Demetrios Demetriades
BACKGROUND: Portable chest x-ray (CXR) and extended FAST (EFAST) screen patients for thoracic injury in the trauma bay. It is unclear if one test alone is sufficient, if both are required, or if the two investigations are complementary. Study objectives were to define the combined diagnostic yield of EFAST and CXR among stable blunt thoracic trauma patients and to determine if a normal EFAST and CXR might obviate the need for CT scan of the chest. METHODS: All blunt trauma patients ≥15 years presenting to LAC+USC Medical Center in 2016 were screened...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Susan Yoong, Ravi Kothari, Adam Brooks
INTRODUCTION: Whole body computed tomography has become standard practice in many centres in the management of severely injured trauma patients, however, the evidence for it's diagnostic accuracy is limited. AIM: To assess the sensitivity of whole body CT in major trauma. METHOD: Retrospective review of all patients with injury severity score (ISS) > 15 presenting with blunt trauma to a UK Major Trauma Centre between May 2012 and April 2014...
March 8, 2018: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
John P Lichtenberger, Andrew M Kim, Dane Fisher, Peter S Tatum, Brian Neubauer, P Gabriel Peterson, Brett W Carter
Introduction: Combat-related thoracic trauma (CRTT) is a significant contributor to morbidity and mortality of the casualties from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Penetrating, blunt, and blast injuries are the most common mechanisms of trauma to the chest. Imaging plays a key role in the battlefield management of CRTT casualties. This work discusses the imaging manifestations of thoracic injuries from blunt trauma and blast injury, emphasizing epidemiology and diagnostic clues seen during OEF and OIF...
March 1, 2018: Military Medicine
John P Lichtenberger, Andrew M Kim, Dane Fisher, Peter S Tatum, Brian Neubauer, P Gabriel Peterson, Brett W Carter
Introduction: Combat-related thoracic trauma is a significant contributor to morbidity and mortality of the casualties from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Penetrating, blunt, and blast injuries were the most common mechanisms of trauma. Imaging plays a key role in the management of combat-related thoracic trauma casualties. This review discusses the imaging manifestations of thoracic injuries from penetrating trauma, emphasizing epidemiology and diagnostic clues seen during OEF and OIF...
March 1, 2018: Military Medicine
David Boulate, Dominique Fabre, Nathaniel B Langer, Elie Fadel
Surgical strategy and long-term outcomes of patients with rupture of the ascending aorta, aortic arch and supra-aortic vessels following blunt thoracic trauma have been rarely reported. We reviewed our institutional experience between 1995 and 2016. We identified 2 patients with an innominate artery ruptures, 2 with an aortic arch ruptures and 1 with an ascending aorta rupture; all were induced by the posterior displacement of the anterior chest wall. All patients underwent open surgical repair. Cardiopulmonary bypass with antegrade cerebral perfusion was required in 2 cases...
March 5, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
David A Carver, Alexsander K Bressan, Colin Schieman, Sean C Grondin, Andrew W Kirkpatrick, Rohan Lall, Paul B McBeth, Michael B Dunham, Chad G Ball
INTRODUCTION: Haemothorax following blunt thoracic trauma is a common source of morbidity and mortality. The optimal management of moderate to large haemothoraces has yet to be defined. Observational data have suggested that expectant management may be an appropriate strategy in stable patients. This study aims to compare the outcomes of patients with haemothoraces following blunt thoracic trauma treated with either chest drainage or expectant management. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This is a single-centre, dual-arm randomised controlled trial...
March 3, 2018: BMJ Open
René Fahrner, Falk Rauchfuss, Hubert Scheuerlein, Utz Settmacher
BACKGROUND: There are numerous causes of hepatic gas formation that range from serious pathologies to incidental findings, including mesenteric infarction, liver abscess, inflammatory bowel disease or minimally invasive hepatic interventions. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of a 50-year-old man who was admitted to the emergency room after a car accident. The clinical examination and further diagnostics revealed a craniocerebral injury with a fracture of the skull, concomitant soft tissue lesions and subarachnoidal bleeding...
March 2, 2018: BMC Surgery
Allyse B Harris, Wendy M Gunther, Amy P Fantaskey, Lawrence B Weinstein
We present the case of a windblown beach umbrella inflicting fatal penetrating blunt force to the chest of a 55-year-old female beachgoer. A postmortem examination and detailed case history review were performed which revealed left ventricular trauma, determined to be the cause of death. Using recorded wind speeds from the date of the incident and the weight of the umbrella, we were able to calculate the pressure with which the umbrella struck the victim to be 16,000 PSI. Witness reports, medical records, scene details, and examination of a rental beach umbrella allowed the forensic pathologist to conclude that the object causing this woman's death was a windblown beach umbrella...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Forensic Sciences
Rikke Halberg, Kirsten Neckelmann
Flail chest is a common complication in patients with blunt chest wall traumas resulting in high mortality rates. In this case report a 43-year-old woman was stepped on by a horse, thereby receiving multiple rib fractures and pneumohaemothorax. She was not able to wean from epidural analgesia after ten days and maintained a "thoracic floating feeling". In opposition to the non-operative management previously preferred, a surgical stabilization was then performed in the patient, who was discharged only five days later...
February 19, 2018: Ugeskrift for Laeger
Xiao-Jing Wu, Hui-Min Liu, Xue-Min Song, Bo Zhao, Yan Leng, E-You Wang, Li-Ying Zhan, Qing-Tao Meng, Zhong-Yuan Xia
Blunt chest trauma with hemorrhagic shock (THS) frequently induces pulmonary inflammation that leads to acute lung injury (ALI). Penehyclidine hydrochloride (PHC) possesses anti‑inflammatory properties that may attenuate the systemic inflammatory response. The present study aimed to evaluate the molecular mechanism of PHC in modifying THS‑induced ALI in rats. Rats underwent either THS or a sham procedure. At 6 h subsequent to blunt chest trauma, arterial blood was drawn for blood gas and pro‑inflammatory factors analyses, and lung tissue samples were collected to examine pulmonary histopathological alterations, the wet/dry weight ratio, myeloperoxidase activity, and the protein expression levels of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), phosphorylated (p‑)p38 mitogen‑activated protein kinase (MAPK), nuclear factor (NF)‑κB and activator protein‑1 (AP‑1)...
February 27, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
W Bekker, V Y Kong, G L Laing, J L Bruce, V Manchev, D L Clarke
Introduction This audit focused on patients who sustained enteric injury following blunt abdominal trauma. Methods Our prospectively maintained electronic registry was interrogated retrospectively, and all patients who had sustained blunt abdominal trauma between December 2011 and January 2016 were identified. Results Overall, 2,045 patients had sustained blunt abdominal trauma during the period under review. Seventy per cent were male. The median age was 28 years. Sixty patients (2.9%) sustained a small bowel injury (SBI)...
February 27, 2018: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Yumiko Haraguchi, Kenichi Sakakura, Kei Yamamoto, Yousuke Taniguchi, Ikue Nakashima, Hiroshi Wada, Masamitsu Sanui, Shin-Ichi Momomura, Hideo Fujita
Blunt chest trauma can cause a wide variety of injuries including acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Although AMI due to coronary artery dissection caused by blunt chest trauma is very rare, it is associated with high morbidity and mortality. In the vast majority of patients with AMI, primary percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) are performed to recanalize obstructed arteries, but PCI carries a substantial risk of hemorrhagic complications in the acute phase of trauma. We report a case of AMI due to right coronary artery (RCA) dissection caused by blunt chest trauma...
February 23, 2018: International Heart Journal
Stefania Zerbo
The commonest cause of blunt cardiac injuries is from traffic accidents followed by violent falls, sport activities, accidents or a fight but rupture of the heart is rare and lethal. The precise incidence of cardiac injury after a blunt chest trauma is unknown as rates vary greatly in the literature from between 7% and 76% of cases. Autopsy studies have shown that the right ventricle is the most frequently ruptured, followed by the left ventricle, right atrium, intraventricular septum, left atrium and interatrial septum with decreasing frequency...
January 1, 2018: Medico-legal Journal
Arindam Mukherjee, Inderpaul Singh Sehgal, Bhagwant Rai Mittal, Sahajal Dhooria
Chylothorax is defined as presence of chyle in the pleural space. It is commonly associated with cardiothoracic surgery, trauma, malignancy or some benign disorders. Transudative chylothorax is uncommon. A 52-year-old man presented with bilateral chylothorax with preceding history of blunt trauma to the chest. On further evaluation, he was diagnosed to have a transudative chylothorax due to cirrhosis of liver with coexisting chylous ascites and evidence of peritoneopleural communication. The patient was managed with diuretics followed by chemical pleurodesis with iodopovidone...
February 7, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Marina Dias-Neto, José F Ramos, José F Teixeira
Injuries of the supra-aortic trunk after blunt chest trauma are rare. This is a case report of a blunt traumatic lesion of the innominate artery (IA) origin that exhibited aortic arch involvement with a focus on imaging and treatment. A 41-year-old fisherman presented an IA injury secondary to a high-impact blunt chest trauma. Upon physical examination, vital signs were stable and upper extremity pulses were present. In addition to several bone fractures (costal ribs, clavicle, scapula, temporal, maxillary, and sphenoid), computed tomography angiography revealed dissection/pseudoaneurysm of the IA sparing the bifurcation...
January 1, 2018: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Clair Hartmann, Michael Gröger, Jan-Philipp Noirhomme, Angelika Scheuerle, Peter Möller, Ulrich Wachter, Markus Huber-Lang, Benedikt Nussbaum, Birgit Jung, Tamara Merz, Oscar McCook, Sandra Kress, Bettina Stahl, Enrico Calzia, Michael Georgieff, Peter Radermacher, Martin Wepler
INTRODUCTION: Hemorrhagic shock accounts for a large amount of trauma-related mortality. The severity of trauma can be further aggravated by an additional blunt chest trauma (TxT), which independently contributes to mortality upon the development of an acute lung injury (ALI). Besides, cigarette smoke (CS) exposure before TxT enhanced posttraumatic inflammation, thereby aggravating ALI. We therefore aimed to characterize the impact of an acute and/or chronic lung injury on organ dysfunction in a murine model of traumatic hemorrhagic shock (HS)...
February 8, 2018: Shock
Nils Wagner, Scott Dieteren, Niklas Franz, Kernt Köhler, Katharina Mörs, Luka Nicin, Julia Schmidt, Mario Perl, Ingo Marzi, Borna Relja
BACKGROUND: The treatment of patients with multiple trauma including blunt chest/thoracic trauma (TxT) and hemorrhagic shock (H) is still challenging. Numerous studies show detrimental consequences of TxT and HS resulting in strong inflammatory changes, organ injury and mortality. Additionally, the reperfusion (R) phase plays a key role in triggering inflammation and worsening outcome. Ethyl pyruvate (EP), a stable lipophilic ester, has anti-inflammatory properties. Here, the influence of EP on the inflammatory reaction and liver injury in a double hit model of TxT and H/R in rats was explored...
2018: PloS One
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