Vacuum-Assisted Closure for Successful Treatment of a Major Contaminated Gunshot Chest-Wound: A Case Report

  • Tomas GudbjartssonEmail author
  • Helgi K. Sigurdsson
  • Engilbert Sigurdsson
  • Jens Kjartansson
Case Report


Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) is a well-established treatment for complicated wound infections and chronic wounds, including poststernotomy mediastinitis. The use of VAC in treating high-energy trauma has been more limited. We present a case where VAC was successfully used to treat a contaminated self-inflicted gunshot-wound of the chest and abdomen.

Key Words

Chest trauma Wound healing Thoracic Soft tissue injuries and infection Reconstructive surgery Abdominal trauma Thoracic and abdominal Multiple trauma 

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© Springer 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomas Gudbjartsson
    • 1
    • 5
    • 6
    Email author
  • Helgi K. Sigurdsson
    • 2
  • Engilbert Sigurdsson
    • 4
    • 5
  • Jens Kjartansson
    • 3
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Cardiothoracic SurgeryLandspitali University Hospital, IS 101ReykjavíkIceland
  2. 2.Department of General SurgeryLandspitali University HospitalReykjavíkIceland
  3. 3.Department of Plastic SurgeryLandspitali University HospitalReykjavíkIceland
  4. 4.Department of PsychiatryLandspitali University HospitalReykjavíkIceland
  5. 5.Faculty of MedicineUniversity of IcelandReykjavíkIceland
  6. 6.Department of Cardiothoracic SurgeryLandspitali University HospitalReykjavíkIceland

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