oa South African Medical Journal - Penetrating stab wounds of the chest : review of 50 cases over a three-month period



Fifty penetrating stab wounds of the chest are presented. In 90% of these cases, cleaning and stitching of the wound, and aspiration where necessary was adequate treatment. Haemoptysis is a rare sign in penetrating stab wounds of the chest. In 10% of cases, thoracotomy was indicated, and these are reviewed. The mortality of this series is 6%; of this however, two cases, which died (4%) were beyond surgicaI aid on admission.


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