What is the effect of tube thoracostomy on outcomes from thoracic injuries?

Updated: Feb 24, 2020
  • Author: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Nader Kamangar, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM  more...
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Trauma is the leading cause of death for individuals younger than 40 years, with approximately 140,000 deaths annually in the United States alone. [1] Of these deaths, thoracic injuries are primarily responsible for 25% of cases [2] and are a major contributing factor in up to 75% of cases. [1] However, most thoracic injuries may be effectively treated with tube thoracostomy and simple fluid resuscitation. [3, 4]

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