Impalement Injuries of the Chest

Show simple item record Edwin, F. Tettey, M. Sereboe, L. Aniteye, E Kotei, D. Tamatey, M. Entsuamensah, K. Delia, I. Frimpong-Boateng, K. 2019-10-10T13:22:49Z 2019-10-10T13:22:49Z 2009-06
dc.description Journal Article en_US
dc.description.abstract Impalement injuries of the chest are uncommon in civilian practice with few reports in the literature. We report three cases of thoracic impalement seen over a 5 year period with unusual underlying mechanisms. In two of the cases, the impalement was obvious; in the third, the impalement was concealed having occurred 5 months earlier. In Case 1, the underlying mechanism was a high-speed road traffic accident. The patient was impaled by a metallic square pipe piled by the roadside. In Case 2, the gun-housing of a locally-made rifle gave way as it was fired and allowed a reverse ejection of the barrel during recoil that impaled the hunter’s chest. In Case 3, a domestic assault with an old umbrella caused an impalement injury as one of the umbrella spokes broke off, penetrated and lodged in the left chest going unnoticed for 5 months. Persistent chest pain and haemoptysis led to a request for chest radiographic examination upon which the foreign body was discovered. Massive haemoptysis brought the patient to emergency thoracotomy. All three patients underwent thoracotomy with a successful outcome. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Ghana Medical Journal en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 43;2
dc.subject Impalement injuries en_US
dc.subject thoracic en_US
dc.subject mechanisms en_US
dc.subject debridement en_US
dc.subject management en_US
dc.title Impalement Injuries of the Chest en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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