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Tracheobronchial injury by blunt trauma in children: is emergency tracheobronchoscopy always necessary?

Authors
  • Poli-Merol, M L
  • Belouadah, M
  • Parvy, F
  • Chauvet, P
  • Egreteau, L
  • Daoud, S
Type
Published Article
Journal
European journal of pediatric surgery : official journal of Austrian Association of Pediatric Surgery ... [et al] = Zeitschrift für Kinderchirurgie
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2003
Volume
13
Issue
6
Pages
398–402
Identifiers
PMID: 14743328
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Tracheobronchial rupture in children can result from minor cervical traumas and in such cases special attention must be paid to mild discomfort or subcutaneous emphysema on admission. Initial CT scan can be very helpful in visualising the level of the rupture and its consequences with respect to the pulmonary parenchyma. One can question the necessity for tracheoscopy in well tolerated lesion, as its results do not always improve the therapeutic outcome.

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