[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: : Injuries from combat and terrorist explosions are increasing worldwide. As such, physicians can expect to treat more patients with complex and unique patterns of injury produced not only by fragments and blunt trauma, but also by high-pressure air expanding from the detonation center.
: Tissue damage from the blast wave or primary blast injury can be an important cause of occult trauma to the ocular, aural, pulmonary, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and neurologic systems. Awareness of the extensive corporal effects of the blast wave is an essential prerequisite to diagnosis.
: This article focuses on the incidence, risk factors, diagnosis, management, and screening for primary blast injury.
Critical care medicine 08/2008; 36(7 Suppl):S311-7. · 6.37 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Pneumothorax can be spontaneous, traumatic or iatrogenic. Pneumothorax ex vacuo, sports-related pneumothorax and barotrauma unrelated to mechanical ventilation are interesting and newer entities. Management consists of getting rid of the air and prevention of recurrence of pneumothorax.
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