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Penetrating Chest Trauma 

Penetrating Chest Trauma
Chapter:
Penetrating Chest Trauma
Source:
Acute Care Casebook
Author(s):

Katherine Biggs

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190865412.003.0073

This case describes the management of penetrating trauma to the abdomen and thorax caused by a rocket-propelled grenade. The patient presents with an open pneumothorax, which should be initially managed in the field with a 3-sided occlusive dressing or, ideally, with an Asherman chest seal. Definitive management includes placement of a chest tube drain and possibly surgical exploration and repair.

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