ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
TURKISH JOURNAL OF
THORACIC AND
CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Thymic bleeding after blunt chest trauma in a child
Ayşe Murat Aydın1, Akın Eraslan Balcı2, Yaşar Birişik1, İbrahim Hanifi Özercan3, Mehmet Saraç4
1Departments of Radiology, Medical Faculty of Fırat University, Elazığ, Turkey
2Departments of Thoracic Surgery, Medical Faculty of Fırat University, Elazığ, Turkey
3Departments of Pathology, Medical Faculty of Fırat University, Elazığ, Turkey
4Departments of Pediatric Surgery, Medical Faculty of Fırat University, Elazığ, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2015.10200
Trauma to the pediatric chest, occurring in isolation or with polytrauma, may result in a variety of injuries from minor to life-threatening. Trauma is the first cause of mortality in children over the age of one in industrialized countries. Injury to the thymus and thymic blood vessels is described in rare cases. A nine-year-old male patient was admitted to the emergency department after a traffic accident. The patient was followed up in the pediatric surgery intensive care unit due to the life-threatening condition. Patient had mediastinal widening due to blunt chest trauma. Contrast-enhanced chest computed tomography revealed mediastinal hematoma. A diagnosis of thymic bleeding was established in the operation.
Keywords : Chest trauma; child; imaging; thymic bleeding
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