Chest trauma in children

Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2002 Jan;21(1):57-9. doi: 10.1016/s1010-7940(01)01056-9.


Objectives: Chest trauma in childhood is uncommon in clinical practice. The management and treatment principles of children with thoracic trauma were discussed with the data reported in the literature.

Methods: Of the chest injury diagnosed in 1653 patients, 225 were children in the last 17-year period. There were 199 boys (88.44%) and 26 girls (11.55%). The most common causes were blunt injuries in 135 cases (60%), stab wounds in 67 cases (29.77%) and gunshot wounds in 22 cases (9.77%).

Results: Out of 225, 217 patients were treated conservatively and eight patients were treated surgically. There was no mortality and morbidity.

Conclusions: The prevalence of chest trauma in children due to blunt injuries is high in Turkey. Extremity injury is thought to be the most commonly associated extra-thoracic injury. However, thoracic trauma in children can be managed conservatively in most of the cases.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Thoracic Injuries / complications
  • Thoracic Injuries / surgery
  • Thoracic Injuries / therapy*
  • Wounds, Gunshot / therapy
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / surgery
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / therapy