Heart, Lung and Circulation
Image| Volume 23, ISSUE 3, e111, March 2014

A Fortunate Survival Following a Severe Penetrating Chest Trauma

Published:November 08, 2013DOI:
      A 47 year-old man was admitted to our hospital with a penetrating sternal wound from a sickle, after an attempted suicide, without dyspnoea, haemodynamically stable and a 20 cm blade penetrating into the superior mediastinum (Fig. 1). The chest radiograph demonstrates the blade abutting the spine (Fig. 2). The extraction of the blade was simply achieved by extending the wound anterior to the sternocleidomastoid muscle.
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      Figure 1The patient with sickle in hand.
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      Figure 2Chest radiograph showing endothoracic path of the blade.
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