oa South African Medical Journal - Penetrating stab wounds of the chest : review of 50 cases over a three-month period
|Article Title||Penetrating stab wounds of the chest : review of 50 cases over a three-month period|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg|
|Publication Date||Jul 1949|
|Pages||563 - 564|
|Keyword(s)||Haemothorax, Stab wounds and Thoracic cage|
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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