Blast injuries from Madrid terrorist bombing attacks on March 11, 2004

Emerg Radiol. 2006 Dec;13(3):113-22. doi: 10.1007/s10140-006-0534-4. Epub 2006 Nov 14.


Blast injuries after terrorist attacks are seen with increasing frequency worldwide. Thousands of victims were attended in the hospitals of Madrid, Spain, on March 11, 2004 after the bombing attacks against the commuter trains. Thirty-six patients were attended in our institution. Seventeen of them suffered from severe or life-threatening injuries, and 19 had mild injuries. The most common lesions were thoracic trauma and blast lung injury, acoustic trauma, and orbital and paranasal sinus fractures. Other findings were hepatic and splenic lacerations, and vertebral and limb fractures. Emergency radiology had an important role in the correct management of the victims. Prompt radiological diagnoses of these complex lesions are crucial to efficient treatment. Therefore, radiologists have to become familiar with the injury patterns and specific lesions caused by blast wave.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Blast Injuries / classification*
  • Blast Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Explosive Agents*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pregnancy
  • Radiography
  • Radiology Department, Hospital
  • Spain
  • Terrorism*


  • Explosive Agents