Chest trauma in children


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Ceran S., Sunam G. S. , Aribas O. K. , Gormus N., Solak H.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CARDIO-THORACIC SURGERY, vol.21, no.1, pp.57-59, 2002 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s1010-7940(01)01056-9
  • Title of Journal : EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CARDIO-THORACIC SURGERY
  • Page Numbers: pp.57-59

Abstract

Objectives: Chest trauma in childhood is uncommon in clinical practice. The management and treatment principles of children with thoracic trauma were discussed with the data reported in the literature. Methods: Of the chest injury diagnosed in 1653 patients, 225 were children in the last 17-year period. There were 199 boys (88.44%) and 26 girls (11.55%). The most common causes were blunt injuries in 135 cases (60%), stab wounds in 67 cases (29.77%) and gunshot wounds in 22 cases (9.77%). Results: Out of 225, 217 patients were treated conservatively and eight patients were treated surgically. There was no mortality and morbidity. Conclusions: The prevalence of chest trauma in children due to blunt injuries is high in Turkey. Extremity injury is thought to be the most commonly associated extra-thoracic injury. However, thoracic trauma in children can be managed conservatively in most of the cases. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.