Open Chest Wounds and Flail Chest

Jacob J. Glaser*, Carlos J. Rodriguez

*Corresponding author for this work

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Thoracic injuries are commonly associated with penetrating and blunt abdominal trauma and are implicated in 50–70% of trauma deaths (LoCicero J, Mattox KL, Surg Clin North Am 69:15–19, 1989). Cardiac tamponade, tension pneumothorax, massive hemothorax, airway obstruction, flail chest, and open pneumothorax represent the six immediately life-threatening injuries attributed to chest trauma (The trauma manual. Wolters Kluwer Health, Philadelphia, 2000). Accordingly, they must be accurately identified and dealt with urgently.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAtlas of Emergency Medicine Procedures, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9783030850470
ISBN (Print)9783030919931
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Chest trauma
  • Flail chest
  • Open pneumothorax
  • Thoracic trauma


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