LES TRAUMATISMES THORACIQUES DE L'ENFANT

Translated title of the contribution: Chest trauma in children

P. Hubert, P. Jouvet, D. Jan, P. Meyer, M. Cloup

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Abstract

Trauma remains the leading cause of death in children over the age of one year. Chest injuries are relatively uncommon among the whole range of traumatic lesions in children (less than or equal to 10% of cases), but may be observed in one-third to one-fifth of cases in the presence of multiple trauma. The presence of one or several chest lesions clearly increases the mortality, but mortality is essentially due to associated trauma, primarily head injuries. It is particularly important to systematically look for the presence of a chest injury in the case of violent trauma, as such lesions can rapidly become life-threatening in children if they are not diagnosed, while most lesions can be treated simply and effectively. Chest injuries can be difficult to confirm on clinical examination and standard chest x-ray, justifying complete assessment by computed tomography and possibly by other more specific investigations.

Translated title of the contributionChest trauma in children
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)243-247
Number of pages5
JournalReanimation Soins Intensifs Medecine d'Urgence
Volume11
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • children
  • haemothorax
  • myocardial confusion
  • pneumothorax
  • pulmonary contusion
  • rupture of a great vessel
  • tracheobronchial rupture
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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