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Management of asymptomatic patients following stab wounds to the chest.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7077687     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A patient with stab wounds to the chest may have negative physical findings, and normal radiologic examinations and still develop delayed pneumothorax or hemothorax. The frequency and time intervals of these complications have not been established. One hundred ten asymptomatic patients with chest stab wounds were prospectively studied. All patients had normal chest radiographs on initial evaluation. Ten patients (9%) developed a delayed pneumothorax or hemothorax. Careful radiologic examination using inspiratory and expiratory chest films revealed all positive findings by 6 hours postadmission. Asymptomatic patients with chest stab wounds can be safely managed without hospitalization.
J A Weigelt; C M Aurbakken; D E Meier; E R Thal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of trauma     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0022-5282     ISO Abbreviation:  J Trauma     Publication Date:  1982 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-07-19     Completed Date:  1982-07-19     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376373     Medline TA:  J Trauma     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  291-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Hemothorax / etiology*,  radiography
Middle Aged
Pneumothorax / etiology*,  radiography
Prospective Studies
Thoracic Injuries / complications*,  radiography
Time Factors
Wounds, Stab / complications*,  radiography

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