Thoracic distraction injury

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon

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Patient Data

Age: 30
Gender: Female

This case featured in our 2016 Trauma Radiology Course which is now available to view online.

Modality: X-ray

Massive craniocaudal distraction injury of the thorax at the T4-5 level with separation between the vertebral bodies and ribs by almost 10cm. The intercostal catheters both cross the midline consistent with complete disruption of the mediastinum at the level of the great vessels. The patient was found to be deceased at the time this x-ray was taken. 

Case Discussion

Rare example of a fatal thoracic distraction injury at the T4-5 level. 

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Case Information

rID: 32455
Case created: 27th Nov 2014
Last edited: 28th Jul 2016
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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