Heart, Lung and Circulation (2014) 23, e111 1443-9506/04/$36.00 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hlc.2013.10.059
A Fortunate Survival Following a Severe Penetrating Chest Trauma Yassine Ouadnouni a,b*, Brahim Boukatta b,c, Abderrahim El bouazzaoui b,c, Jamal Ghalimi a, Marouane Lakranbi a, Nabil Kanjaa b,c, Mohamed Smahi a,b a
Department of Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital Hassan II-Fez, Morocco Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Sidi Mohamed Benabdellah University-Fez, Morocco Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, University Hospital Hassan II-Fez, Morocco
Received 25 September 2013; received in revised form 3 October 2013; accepted 8 October 2013; online published-ahead-of-print 18 October 2013
Figure 1 The patient with sickle in hand. Figure 2 Chest radiograph showing endothoracic path of the blade.
A 47 year-old man was admitted to our hospital with a penetrating sternal wound from a sickle, after an attempted suicide, without dyspnoea, haemodynamically stable and a 20 cm blade penetrating into the superior mediastinum (Fig. 1). The chest radiograph demonstrates the blade abutting the spine (Fig. 2). The extraction of the blade was simply
achieved by extending the wound anterior to the sternocleidomastoid muscle.
Conflict of interest The authors had no conflict of interest to declare.
*Corresponding author at: Department of Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital Hassan II-Fez, Morocco. Tel.: +212 661896875., Email: [email protected]
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