<< Emergency Management Of Blunt Chest Trauma In Children: An Evidence-Based Approach (Trauma CME)

Specific Thoracic Injuries

Tracheobronchial injury is a rare, but life-threatening, form of major thoracic trauma.14,23,42 As is the case with aortic injury, many of these patients will die prior to hospital arrival.14 Tracheobronchial injury is most commonly associated with penetrating trauma, though it may also occur with significant high-mechanism blunt trauma due, in part, to the mobility of the pediatric mediastinum.6 Most injuries occur at the distal trachea and proximal bronchi.20,43,44

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