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Penetrating Paediatric Thoracic Injury
  1. E Coley1,
  2. P Roach2,
  3. AI Macmillan3,
  4. ATH West4,5 and
  5. Lt Col A McD Johnston, RAMC5,6
  1. 1Anaesthetic Department, Stirling Royal Infirmary, Stirling
  2. 2Department of Surgery, Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth. 620 John Paul Jones Circle, Portsmouth Virginia 23708-2197 USA
  3. 3Department of Surgery, Queen Margaret Hospital Dunfermline
  4. 4Department of Radiology, University Hospital Birmingham
  5. 5Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham
  6. 6Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Birmingham andy.johnston{at}


Paediatric penetrating chest trauma is common in conflict, but rarely seen in peacetime. We describe the successful hospital management of a five year old female civilian casualty with life threatening penetrating thoracic trauma caused by a fragment from an explosive device.

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