Thoracic Trauma

Bradley M. Dennis, Seth Bellister, Oscar D. Guillamondegui

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Management of chest trauma is integral to patient outcomes owing to the vital structures held within the thoracic cavity. Understanding traumatic chest injuries and appropriate management plays a pivotal role in the overall well-being of both blunt and penetrating trauma patients. Whether the injury includes rib fractures, associated pulmonary injuries, or tracheobronchial tree injuries, every facet of management may impact the short- and long-term outcomes, including mortality. This article elucidates the workup and management of the thoracic cage, pulmonary and tracheobronchial injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1047-1064
Number of pages18
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017
Externally publishedYes



  • Chest trauma
  • Hemothorax
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pulmonary contusion
  • Rib fractures
  • Thoracic trauma
  • VATS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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