ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Rupture of main bronchus due to blunt chest trauma in children: a report of two cases
Ilan Bar1, Michael Papiashvilli1, Abdelghaffar A. Alzaanin2, Vladislav Gofman3
1Department of Thoracic Surgery, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Israel
2Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Shifa Hospital, Gaza, The Palestinian National Authority, Palestinian
3Department of Anesthesiology, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Israel
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2011.066
Tracheobronchial injury results from blunt or penetrating chest trauma and is a rare, but potentially fatal condition. Rupture of the main bronchus or carina by blunt trauma is unusual, and it is one of the most severe injuries in children. The diagnosis of this kind of injury is challenging and requires a high degree of clinical suspicion. Here, we report two cases of total rupture of the main bronchus. Primary repair of the bronchial rupture was performed two weeks after the injury in the first case, and immediately after the injury in the second case.
Keywords : Bronchi; carina; child; rupture; trauma
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