Thoracic injuries are the third injuries in trauma patients, after to injuries to head and extremities. Chest trauma is a common cause of morbidity and mortality, especially in the young patients. The present study assessed thoracic injuries.
Materials and methods: 114 cases of thoracic trauma of both genders were recorded. Injury type, trauma etiology, clinical features, associated injuries, diagnostic procedures, traumatic bone fractures etc. were recorded.
Results: Out of 114 patients, males were 64 and females were 50. Type of trauma was blunt in 35 and penetrating in 79. Location was right in 60 and left side in 54 cases and associated injuries were present in 67 and absent in 47 cases. The difference was significant (P< 0.05). Intrathoracic pathology after trauma was pneumothorax in 28, hemothorax in 30, hemo- pneumothorax in 20, pulmonary contusion in 12, pneumomediastinum in 15 and pericardial temponade in 9 cases.
Conclusion: Thoracic injuries are common nowadays. Type of trauma was blunt and penetrating. Location was right in maximum cases.