Results of Thoracotomy in Penetrating Chest Trauma

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Mahmood Aghaei-Afshar 1 , * , foroogh mangeli 2 , Sara Farifteh 2

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1 Department of Surgery, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

2 General Physicion, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Zahedan Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: 14 (4); e93494
Published Online: July 27, 2011
Article Type: Short Communication
Received: September 17, 2010
Accepted: October 13, 2010

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Abstract

Background: Thoracotomy is a surgical procedure to access the chest components, which is often performed after severe bleeding caused by heart damage, lung laceration and other similar injuries.
Materials and Methods: This is a cross-sectional study which was conducted on all patients with penetrating chest trauma during April 2000 to October 2008.
Results: In 5% of cases, thoracotomy was used for treatment in which severe bleeding was the main surgical indication. It was the most common finding followed by lung laceration thoracotomy.
Conclusion: Most urban injuries are treatable by chest tube. About 3 to 10 percent of cases may require a thoracotomy in which severe bleeding is the most common indication of surgery.

Keywords

Chest Trauma Thoracotomy Penetrating Trauma

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