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Arindam Pande, Soumya Patra, Manabhanjan Jena, Rabin Chakraborty
Thirty-nine year male had a history of road traffic accident with polytrauma. At emergency room he started having chest pain with ventricular tachycardia. He was subsequentially diagnosed with right coronary artery dissection secondary to blunt trauma which is an extremely rare cause of inferior wall myocardial infarction. After some dilemmas, he was ultimately treated with intravascular ultrasound guided coronary angioplasty with stenting and had an uneventful recovery.
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Philbert Y Van, Martin A Schreiber
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The traumatically injured patient is at high risk for developing venous thromboembolism. Clinical practice guidelines developed by the American College of Chest Physicians and the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma recognize the importance of initiating thromboprophylaxis, but the guidelines lack specific recommendations regarding the timing and dose of pharmacologic thromboprophylaxis. We review the literature regarding initiation of thromboprophylaxis in different injuries, the use of inferior vena cava filters, laboratory monitoring, dosing regimens, and the use of antiplatelet therapy...
October 5, 2016: Current Opinion in Critical Care
Chun Sung Byun, Il Hwan Park, Wan Jin Hwang, Yeiwon Lee, Hyun Min Cho
BACKGROUND: Sternal fractures are relatively rare, and caused mainly by blunt anterior chest wall trauma. In most cases, sternal fractures are treated conservatively. However, if the patient exhibits problematic symptoms such as intractable chest wall pain or bony crepitus due to sternal instability, surgical correction is indicated. But no consensus exists regarding the most appropriate surgical method. We analyzed the results of surgical fixation in cases of sternal fracture in order to identify which surgical method led to the best outcomes...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Aysel Kurt, Hasan Turut, Ahmet Acipayam, Aynur Kirbas, Suleyman Yuce, Medine Cumhur Cure, Erkan Cure
OBJECTIVE: Multiple rib fractures (RFs) and pulmonary contusions (PCs), with resulting systemic lung inflammation, are the most common injuries caused by blunt chest trauma (BCT) in motor vehicle accidents. This study examined levels of the inflammation marker interleukin (IL)-6 and those of the acute-phase reactant surfactant protein (SP)-D in patients with BCT. DESIGN: Prospective, cross-sectional, observational study. SETTING: Single-centre, tertiary care hospital in the Black Sea Region of Turkey...
October 12, 2016: BMJ Open
Avas Chandra Ray, Subhra Aditya, Pulak Kumar Jana, Apratim Chatterjee, Anup Sarkar, Jay Mehta, Jotideb Mukhopadhyay
A young male labourer developed pain at the site of blunt trauma over back of chest followed by fever, cough with expectoration, breathlessness and hemorrhagic pleural effusion in the side of injury. What could have been passed as a sequel of trauma turned out to be the consequences of an underlying rare and aggressive malignant tumor of the chest wall known as Askin tumor or Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET). CT thorax with guided FNAC, debulking operation, histopathological examination followed by immunohistochemistry of the tumor tissue led to the final diagnosis...
March 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Neal S Gerstein, Lindsay J Jinkins, Liem C Nguyen, Timothy M Maus, Todd S Dettmer, Lev Deriy
Aortic rupture and transection are constituents of the acute aortic syndrome. Injury to the thoracic aorta during motor vehicle crashes is associated with blunt chest trauma and rapid deceleration mechanisms. Type A dissections and/or rupture of the aorta at the level of the aortic isthmus are the more common presentations of aortic injuries associated with motor vehicle crashes. We present the case of atypical echocardiographic findings of a nearly complete circumferential transection of the proximal ascending aorta injury after a motorcycle crash...
October 4, 2016: Echocardiography
Lesley Maher, Sisira Jayathissa
OBJECTIVES: To compare patient characteristics, management and outcomes for patients admitted with isolated blunt chest trauma, managed by medical or surgical teams. METHODS: We reviewed adult patients admitted with blunt chest trauma between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2011 to a secondary hospital in New Zealand. Inclusion criteria were: blunt chest trauma, with at least one radiologically demonstrated rib fracture. The primary outcome was in-hospital mortality, and secondary outcomes were development of pneumonia, and use of analgesia...
October 1, 2016: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Clair Hartmann, Sebastian Hafner, Angelika Scheuerle, Peter Möller, Markus Huber-Lang, Birgit Jung, Benedikt Nubaum, Oscar McCook, Michael Gröger, Florian Wagner, Sandra Weber, Bettina Stahl, Enrico Calzia, Michael Georgieff, Csaba Szabó, Rui Wang, Peter Radermacher, Katja Wagner
Pre-traumatic cigarette smoke (CS) exposure aggravates post-traumatic acute lung injury (ALI). Cystathionine-γ-lyase (CSE) protects against ALI and CS exposure-induced chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD). Therefore, we tested the hypothesis whether genetic CSE knockout (CSE) would aggravate post-traumatic ALI after CS exposure. After 3-4 weeks of CS exposure, anesthetized wild type (WT) and CSE mice underwent blunt chest trauma, surgical instrumentation and 4 hours of lung-protective mechanical ventilation...
September 28, 2016: Shock
Natalie Behrle, Peter Dyke, Abdallah Dalabih
Motor vehicle accident is the most common cause of blunt cardiac injury (BCI) in children (85.3%) due to the height of the child in relation to proper restraints and the compliant pediatric rib cage (J Trauma. 1996;40:200-202). Trauma to the chest wall may lead to injury of the myocardium, resulting in myocardial contusion, ventricular septal defect (VSD), ventricular free wall rupture, or valve compromise (J Trauma. 1996;40; 200-202; Heart Lung. 2012;41:200-202; J Inj Violence Res. 2012;4:98-100). There are several proposed mechanisms for the formation of VSD after blunt chest trauma including rupture of ischemic myocardium related to the initial trauma and reopening of a spontaneously closed congenital VSD...
September 23, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Aleksandr Rozenberg, Jonathan C Weinstein, Adam E Flanders, Pranshu Sharma
Reformatted CTs of the thoracic and lumbar spine (CT T/L) from CTs of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis (CT body) may be performed for screening the thoracolumbar spine in patients sustaining blunt trauma. The purpose of this study was to determine whether there was a difference in the rate of detection of spinal fractures on CTs of the body compared to the reformatted T/L spine. A secondary endpoint was to evaluate whether cases dictated by trainees improved fracture detection rate. We reviewed the records of 250 consecutive blunt trauma patients that received CTs of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis (CT body) with concurrent CT T/L reformats...
September 23, 2016: Emergency Radiology
Christopher Bell, Fernando Domingo, Ashley D Miller, Jeremiah S Smith, James R Headrick
We report a case of a posterior mediastinal mature cystic teratoma with rupture secondary to blunt chest trauma in a 20-year-old male involved in a motor-vehicle accident. Initial treatment was guided by Advanced Trauma Life Support and a tube thoracostomy was performed for presumed hemothorax. The heterogeneous collection within the thoracic cavity was discovered to be the result of a ruptured cystic mass. Pathologic findings confirmed the mass consistent with a mature cystic teratoma. As mediastinal teratomas are most commonly described arising from the anterior mediastinum, the posterior location of the teratoma described in this report is exceedingly rare...
2016: Case Reports in Surgery
Bertrand Prunet, Pierre-Yves Cordier, Nicolas Prat, Sophie DE Bourmont, David Couret, Dominique Lambert, Pierre Michelet
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the short-term respiratory tolerance and haemodynamic efficiency of low-volume resuscitation with hypertonic saline and hydroxyethylstarch (HS/HES) in a pig model of lung contusion and controlled haemorrhagic shock. We hypothesised that a low-volume of HS/HES after haemorrhagic shock didn't impact contused lungs in terms of extravascular lung water 3hours after trauma. METHODS: A lung contusion resulting from blunt chest trauma was induced in 28 anaesthetised female pigs with five bolt shots to the right thoracic cage, followed by haemorrhagic shock and fluid resuscitation...
September 19, 2016: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
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
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
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
T Kyriss, U Lenz, G Friedel
This overview reviews the current literature to compare the functional results after surgical and conservative treatment of patients with flail chest and multiple rib fractures. Regarding functional aspects, patients in the early phase after a thoracic trauma are those that benefit most from the stabilisation of the chest wall by internal fixation of the ribs. Patients recover faster from restrictive respiratory disorders, have less pain and return to the workplace earlier after an operation compared with those that receive conservative treatment...
September 2016: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
Vedat Bakan, Ergül Belge Kurutaş, Harun Çıralık, Mustafa Gül, Ahmet Çelik
BACKGROUND: The present objective was to investigate endogen erythropoietin (EPO) level and relationship to oxidative stress within the first 24 hours of blunt chest trauma-induced pulmo-nary contusion (PCn) in a rat model. METHODS: Thirty-five rats were divided into 3 groups. In the baseline control group (BC, n=7), rats were uninjured and untreated. In the positive control group (PC, n=21) rats were injured but untreated. In the EPO-24 group (n=7), rats were injured and a single dose of intra-peritoneal EPO (5000 IU/kg) was administered immediately after lung injury...
July 2016: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
Tobias Haltmeier, Elizabeth Benjamin, Stefano Siboni, Evren Dilektasli, Kenji Inaba, Demetrios Demetriades
PURPOSE: Prehospital endotracheal intubation (ETI) for traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a controversial issue. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of prehospital ETI in patients with TBI. METHODS: Cohort-matched study using the US National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB) 2008-2012. Patients with isolated severe blunt TBI (AIS head ≥3, AIS chest/abdomen <3) and a field GCS ≤8 were extracted from NTDB. A 1:1 matching of patients with and without prehospital ETI was performed...
August 27, 2016: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Sebastian Hafner, Katja Wagner, Sandra Weber, Michael Gröger, Martin Wepler, Oscar McCook, Angelika Scheuerle, Bettina Stahl, Markus Huber-Lang, Birgit Jung, Enrico Calzia, Michael Georgieff, Peter Möller, Manfred Frick, Peter Radermacher, Florian Wagner
Both acute and chronic lung injury are associated with up-regulation of the pulmonary expression of the purinergic receptors P2XR4 and P2XR7. Genetic deletion or blockade of P2XR7 attenuated pulmonary hyper-inflammation, but simultaneous P2XR4 up-regulation compensated for P2XR7 deletion. Therefore, we tested the hypothesis whether genetic P2XR4 deletion would attenuate the pulmonary inflammatory response and thereby improve organ function after blunt chest trauma in mice with and without pre-traumatic cigarette smoke (CS) exposure...
August 24, 2016: Shock
Michael Okello, Charles Batte, William Buwembo
INTRODUCTION: Severe hollow organ injury following trivial blunt abdominal trauma is uncommon. If it occurs it can easily be missed during routine clinical evaluation. Though less than ten cases of jejunal transection following trivial trauma have been reported in literature, this is the first case of jejunal transection occurring in a patient who fell while walking. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a 32year old female Ugandan, who walked into the emergency room due to abdominal pain following a fall while walking...
2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
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