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Functional Impact of a Minor Thoracic Injury: An Investigation of Age, Delayed Hemothorax, and Rib Fracture Effects

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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Émond, Marcel; Sirois, Marie-Josée; Guimont, Chantal; Chauny, Jean-Marc; Daoust, Raoul; Bergeron, Éric; Vanier, Laurent; Camden, Stephanie; Le Sage, Natalie

A prospective evaluation of patients suffering minor thoracic injuries was performed to assess functional impact at 90 days.  One-third had at least 1 rib fracture and 12% had a delayed hemothorax.  23% had severe or moderate disabilities at 90 days, which was more common among those with more severe injuries.  Outcomes were unrelated to age.

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