Management of the Damaged Post-Traumatic Thoracic Wall

Category: Emergency Club


Daniela Murgia DipECVS MRCVS DVM
RCVS & European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

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About The Webinar

Patients that have experienced known or suspected thoracic trauma should be carefully evaluated for flail chest, pulmonary contusion or laceration, and diaphragmatic rupture. Skin lacerations in the thoracic region should be examined for deeper wounds that might communicate with the pleural space. Dog bite injuries can be particularly severe because of the action of the canine teeth after they penetrate the skin and any shaking of the victim by the attacker. With bite wounds, the skin may remain largely intact except for a few puncture marks; however, surgical exploration may reveal full-thickness tears of thoracic musculature, rib fractures and floating rib segments, and pulmonary lacerations.

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