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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 394

Emergency Anaesthetic Management of Extensive Thoracic Trauma


MD, Professor, Dept of Anaesthesiology, M.L.N. University Medical College, AU, Allahabad., India

Correspondence Address:
H C Chandola
Dept of Anaesthesiology, M.L.N. University Medical College, AU, Allahabad.
India
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High speed vehicles, drug abuse, alcohol and easy availability of handguns are the main reasons of increasing number of trauma especially thoracic trauma. Anaesthesiologist plays an important role in the management of extensive thoracic trauma. Thoracic trauma, penetrating or blunt, may cause damage to organs suspended in thorax viz. pleura, lungs, heart, great vessels, trachea and oesophagus. It may lead to pneumothorax, cardiac tamponade or life threatening haemorrhage. With aggressive care and management of these factors, majority of patients can survive and return to normal life.


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