Chest Trauma

  • Truvor Kuzmowych


A physician is much more likely to see patients with blunt (or closed) chest trauma than with penetrating chest injuries, unless he works in a trauma center or in the emergency room of a major metropolitan hospital. Patients with chest injuries are frequently in critical condition and require rapid diagnosis with institution of prompt therapy. Emergency thoracotomy, however, is needed in approximately 10% of patients with major chest trauma.


Chest Wall Chest Trauma Blunt Chest Trauma Pulmonary Contusion Diaphragmatic Rupture 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Truvor Kuzmowych
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Pulmonary Diseases and AllergyGeorge Washington University School of Medicine and Health SciencesUSA
  2. 2.Pulmonary Clinic, Veterans Administration Medical CenterUSA

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