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.
KeywordsChest Wall Chest Trauma Blunt Chest Trauma Pulmonary Contusion Diaphragmatic Rupture
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