Multitrauma chest x-ray

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon


High speed motor vehicle accident.

Patient Data

Age: 20
Gender: Male

Trauma Series

Supine trauma radiograph demonstrating a large left sided haemothorax. Although the patient is slightly rotated, there seems to be shift of the mediastinum to the right due to increased volume in the left hemithorax. There are bilateral posterior rib fractures and additional displaced fractures of multiple left ribs laterally producing a flail segment. There is left chest wall subcutaenous emphysema. A pneumocath inserted by paramedics is seen in entering the chest cavity via the left 2nd anterior intercostal space. 

Case Discussion

Trauma chest radiograph with multiple injuries:

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Case information

rID: 31612
Published: 18th Oct 2014
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Chest, Trauma
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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