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Article: A non-fatal impalement injury of the thorax

TitleA non-fatal impalement injury of the thorax
Authors
Issue Date1998
PublisherEdinburgh University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.eup.ed.ac.uk/newweb/journals/Surg/
Citation
Journal of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 1998, v. 43, p. 419-421 How to Cite?
AbstractImpalement is an uncommon injury with only occasional reports in the literature. There are even fewer reports of impalement injuries limited to the thorax. We report herein the case of a 24-year-old man who survived impalement injury of the left side of the thorax with a steel rod while working at a construction site. The great vessels of the thorax were spared but the second thoracic vertebra was fractured resulting in complete paralysis of the left lower limb. The precise nature and extent of the injury were determined pre-operatively by computed tomography and aortography. The important principles of surgical management contributing to the successful outcome are described, these being minimal manipulation of the impalement object before and during transport, careful pre-operative planning and a multidisciplinary approach.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/225238
ISSN
2004 Impact Factor: 0.903
2005 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.340

 

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dc.contributor.authorChui, WH-
dc.contributor.authorCheung, DLC-
dc.contributor.authorChiu, SW-
dc.contributor.authorLee, JWT-
dc.contributor.authorHe, GW-
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-29T02:01:55Z-
dc.date.available2016-04-29T02:01:55Z-
dc.date.issued1998-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 1998, v. 43, p. 419-421-
dc.identifier.issn0035-8835-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/225238-
dc.description.abstractImpalement is an uncommon injury with only occasional reports in the literature. There are even fewer reports of impalement injuries limited to the thorax. We report herein the case of a 24-year-old man who survived impalement injury of the left side of the thorax with a steel rod while working at a construction site. The great vessels of the thorax were spared but the second thoracic vertebra was fractured resulting in complete paralysis of the left lower limb. The precise nature and extent of the injury were determined pre-operatively by computed tomography and aortography. The important principles of surgical management contributing to the successful outcome are described, these being minimal manipulation of the impalement object before and during transport, careful pre-operative planning and a multidisciplinary approach.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherEdinburgh University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.eup.ed.ac.uk/newweb/journals/Surg/-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh-
dc.rightsJournal of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Copyright © Edinburgh University Press.-
dc.rightsThe article has been accepted for publication by Edinburgh University Press. The Journal's web site is at: -
dc.subject.meshAccidents, Occupational-
dc.subject.meshConstruction Materials-
dc.subject.meshSpinal Fractures - etiology-
dc.subject.meshThoracic Injuries - etiology - radiography - surgery-
dc.subject.meshWounds, Penetrating - etiology - radiography - surgery-
dc.titleA non-fatal impalement injury of the thorax-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailCheung, DLC: dlcheung@netvigator.com-
dc.identifier.emailChiu, SW: swchiu@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailHe, GW: gwhe@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.pmid9990795-
dc.identifier.hkuros39507-
dc.identifier.volume43-
dc.identifier.spage419-
dc.identifier.epage421-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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