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Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 32, Issue 12, pp 888–891 | Cite as

CT diagnosis of traumatic bronchial rupture in children

  • Monica Epelman
  • Amos Ofer
  • Yoram Klein
  • Leal H. Best
  • Ludmila Guralnik
  • Lea Bentur
  • Jeffrey Traubici
Case Report

Abstract.

Bronchial rupture is a rare and serious complication of blunt chest trauma in children. The diagnosis of this injury is challenging and requires a high degree of clinical suspicion. It is frequently associated with other severe injuries that may draw the focus of attention away from this potentially catastrophic but treatable injury. The radiographic findings of bronchial rupture have been reported in very few series. We report the findings in two children with bronchial rupture diagnosed by CT, in whom CT resulted in a significant change in patient management.

Bronchial injuries Computed Tomography Trauma 

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© Springer-Verlag 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Monica Epelman
    • 1
  • Amos Ofer
    • 1
  • Yoram Klein
    • 2
  • Leal H. Best
    • 3
  • Ludmila Guralnik
    • 1
  • Lea Bentur
    • 4
  • Jeffrey Traubici
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Rambam Medical Center, The Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
  2. 2.Department of Emergency Medicine, Rambam Medical Center, The Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
  3. 3.Department of Thoracic Surgery, Rambam Medical Center, The Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
  4. 4.Department of Pediatric Pulmonology, Rambam Medical Center, The Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
  5. 5.Department of Diagnostic Imaging, The Hospital for Sick Children, The University of Toronto, 555 University Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1X8

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