Blunt chest trauma

Case contributed by Dr Varun Babu

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Alleged road traffic accident

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Male
CT

Displaced fracture of medial third of the left clavicle.

Mildly displaced fractures of posterolateral left 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th ribs.

Secondary small left hemothorax and left lung lower lobe basal posterior segmental atelectasis.

No pneumothorax.

Case Discussion

A case of blunt chest injury with multiple bony fractures and accompanying hemothorax and lung contusion. Documentation of pneumothorax is crucial for management and is most of the time picked up early in the ER using ultrasound or chest radiograph. 

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Case information

rID: 57142
Published: 9th Dec 2017
Last edited: 9th Dec 2017
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Vivid Diagnostic Centre

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