What is the most important concern with chest trauma?

What is the most important concern with chest trauma?

Life-threatening injuries diagnosed during the initial trauma evaluation require prompt intervention. Still, the most common injuries due to thoracic trauma are pneumothorax and hemothorax, which are definitively managed in 80% of cases with tube thoracostomy.

What is considered chest trauma?

1 Chest trauma injuries can range from thoracic wall contusion or laceration, to pneumothorax (PTX), flail chest, and cardiac tamponade. Any injury within the “box” described as the region in between the nipple lines, inferior neck line and diaphragm often results in injury to underlying organs.

How do you know if a chest injury is serious?

When should I call an ambulance? Chest injuries that interfere with breathing or circulation can be serious or life threatening. If the injury is severe, there may be internal bleeding. This might be obvious (e.g. coughing up blood), or not so obvious (e.g. pale and clammy skin, nausea, extreme thirst).

What are the complications of chest injury?

Although there are a wide range of complications following thoracic trauma, respiratory failure, pneumonia, and pleural sepsis are the most common potentially preventable problems. Respiratory failure and pneumonia are directly related to the severity of the injury and the age and condition of the patient.

How long does a chest injury take to heal?

The amount of pain you feel and how long it may last for will depend on the type of injury you have and how badly you have been hurt. As a rough guide, fractured ribs and sternums take about 4-6 weeks to heal and it is usual to still feel some discomfort after this time. Bruising can take between 2-4 weeks to heal.

What are the two most common injuries caused by penetrating chest trauma?

Hemothorax, pneumothorax, and a combination of these two injuries are the most common fatal complications of penetrating and blunt chest traumas.

How long does a chest wall injury take to heal?

Although chest wall injuries can be painful, you can expect this discomfort to improve over a period of 3-6 weeks. This may take longer for more severe injuries.

How long does it take to recover from a chest injury?

How long will chest injury last?

If your strain is mild, expect it to resolve within a few days or weeks. Severe strains can take 2 months or longer to heal. If your chest pain sticks around for more than twelve weeks, it’s considered chronic and may be resulting from long-term activities and repetitive motions.

How do you get rid of chest muscle pain?


  1. Rest. Stop activity as soon as you notice pain.
  2. Ice. Apply ice or a cold pack to the affected area for 20 minutes up to three times a day.
  3. Compression. Consider wrapping any areas of inflammation with an elastic bandage but don’t wrap too tightly as it may impair circulation.
  4. Elevation.

Qu’est-ce que le traumatisme thoracique?

Définition Le traumatisme thoracique est une lésion physique du thorax produite par un agent extérieur agissant mécaniquement. Le saviez-vous? Les termes “trauma” et “traumatisme” désignent deux affections disctinctes mais sont souvent confondus : 2. Physiopathologie 3. Etiologies 4. Examens et signes cliniques

Pourquoi faire une échographie thoracique?

La réalisation d’une échographie thoracique précoce au lit du patient permet également de détecter des épanchements pleuraux, des contusions pulmonaires mais aussi de pneumothorax de taille encore réduite [27, 28].

Quelle est la différence entre traumatisme et Trauma?

Les termes “trauma” et “traumatisme” désignent deux affections disctinctes mais sont souvent confondus : 2. Physiopathologie 3. Etiologies 4. Examens et signes cliniques Balancement thoraco-abdominal par épuisement diaphragmatique (respiration paradoxale ou asynchrone) : soulèvement de l’abdomen et enfoncement du thorax à l’inspiration

Comment reconnaître une énergie cinétique lors d’un traumatisme?

L’énergie cinétique lors de la survenue du traumatisme est essentielle à considérer. Ainsi, la recherche de la notion de haute vélocité (piéton projeté, véhicule à grande vitesse, chute d’une grande hauteur) est un élément anamnestique fondamental.