Management of asymptomatic patients following stab wounds to the chest

J. A. Weigelt, C. M. Aurbakken, D. E. Meier, E. R. Thal

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A patient with stab wounds to the chest may have negative physical findings, and normal radiologic examinations, and still develop delayed pneumothorax or hemothorax. The frequency and time intervals of these complications have not been established. One hundred ten asymptomatic patients with chest stab wounds were prospectively studied. All patients had normal chest radiographs on initial evaluation. Ten patients (9%) developed a delayed pneumothorax or hemothorax. Careful radiologic examination using inspiratory and expiratory chest films revealed all positive findings by 6 hours postadmission. Asymptomatic patients with chest stah wounds can be safely managed without hospitalization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-294
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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