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Western Trauma Association (WTA) critical decisions in trauma: management of adult blunt splenic trauma.

Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York, University of California, San Francisco, USA.
The Journal of trauma (Impact Factor: 2.35). 12/2008; 65(5):1007-11. DOI: 10.1097/TA.0b013e31818a93bf
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