Thoracic trauma

Scott M. Moore, Frederic M. Pieracci, Gregory Jurkovich

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Abstract

Almost all historical accounts of chest trauma are within the context of war and conflict. The oldest surgical treatise on record is the Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus from around 3000 BC, which predates Hippocrates by approxi- mately 1000 years and is believed to have been a handbook for the treatment of injuries sustained during military campaigns. However, few if any of these ancient writings effectively address intrathoracic injuries, as they mainly deal with extremity and soft-tissue wounds. Hemothorax and pneumothorax were first described about 200 years ago, and evacuation by either incisional drainage or tube placement was standard practice by the 1870s, with the development of underwater-seal drainage devices coming not long after. Ludwig Rehn described the first cardiorrhaphy for a penetrating injury in 1896. However, most of the major operations that will be described in this chapter have been innovations of the twentieth century, with guidelines for the management of penetrating thoracic trauma not established until World War II.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOperative Thoracic Surgery, Sixth Edition
PublisherCRC Press
Pages23-36
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781482299588
ISBN (Print)9781482299571
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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Thorax
Wounds and Injuries
Drainage
Hemothorax
World War II
Pneumothorax
Prednisolone
Extremities
Guidelines
Equipment and Supplies
Therapeutics

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Moore, S. M., Pieracci, F. M., & Jurkovich, G. (2017). Thoracic trauma. In Operative Thoracic Surgery, Sixth Edition (pp. 23-36). CRC Press. https://doi.org/10.1201/9781315113777

Thoracic trauma. / Moore, Scott M.; Pieracci, Frederic M.; Jurkovich, Gregory.

Operative Thoracic Surgery, Sixth Edition. CRC Press, 2017. p. 23-36.

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Moore, SM, Pieracci, FM & Jurkovich, G 2017, Thoracic trauma. in Operative Thoracic Surgery, Sixth Edition. CRC Press, pp. 23-36. https://doi.org/10.1201/9781315113777
Moore SM, Pieracci FM, Jurkovich G. Thoracic trauma. In Operative Thoracic Surgery, Sixth Edition. CRC Press. 2017. p. 23-36 https://doi.org/10.1201/9781315113777
Moore, Scott M. ; Pieracci, Frederic M. ; Jurkovich, Gregory. / Thoracic trauma. Operative Thoracic Surgery, Sixth Edition. CRC Press, 2017. pp. 23-36
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