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[Importance of thoracic trauma in the multi-traumatized child].

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Langenbecks Archiv für Chirurgie. Supplement II, Verhandlungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Chirurgie. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chirurgie. Kongress
Publication Date
Pages
871–874
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PMID: 1983672
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Medline
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Abstract

The rate of thoracic trauma in multitraumatized children was assessed on the basis of two series of investigations: thoracic injuries increased from 8% to 34%. Severe injury to the thorax is seen in spite of a decrease in multitraumata. Thoracic trauma is a central lesion with only occasional involvement of the peripheral extremities. To assess such injuries it is essential to pay attention to factors like age-related blood volume, specific fluid metabolism, different periods of thoracic elasticity, and the relation of lung volume to the child's age.

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