Nail gun injury to chest

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Craig Hacking

Presentation

Worksite injury with nail gun. Single entry site in anterior left chest wall. Haemodynamically stable.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Male
X-ray

Single linear metallic foreign body projected in the left lower zone. Hazy airspace opacification in the left lower zone partially obscuring the cardiac apex of the left heart border. No evidence of pneumothorax or pleural fluid.

CT

Single metallic nail in the lingula of the left upper lobe. No pneumothorax or hemothorax.

Case Discussion

The patient was completely stable throughout the admission and was treated conservatively.

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Case information

rID: 73321
Published: 7th Jan 2020
Last edited: 10th Jun 2020
System: Trauma, Chest
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