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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 8(2); 1997 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 1997;8(2): 290-290.
A Case of Extensive Pulmonary Laceration Caused by Nonpenetrating Trauma
Jin Yong Jeong, Jong Bum Kweon, Sung Bo Shim, Kuhn Park
Extensive laceration of the lung itself has relatively little attention as a threat to life compared with other intrathoracic organ injuries. The incidence of pulmonary laceration extensive enough to require thoracotomy is rare, but is higher than expected. The diagnosis of extensive pulmonary laceration may be difficult, but this injury should be suspected with attention and early thoracotomy can be carried out in indicated cases. Recently, thoracoscopy has assumed a major role in the management of a variety of surgical diseases of the chest. We experienced a case of extensive pulmonary laceration caused by nonpenetrating trauma, which underwent lobectomy by thoracoscopic surgery. A 21-year-old man who was injured in a motocycle accident was brought to Emergency Room from the scene by an ambulance, and complained of chest pain and dyspnea. A chest roentgenogram showed a hemothorax and fractures of the posterior ends of the right seventh, eighth, and ninth ribs. A chest tube was inserted. Thirteen hundred ml of blood was drained through the chest tube during the next one hour. Emergency right mini-thoracotomy revealed extensive laceration of the lower lobe extending to the pulmonary hilum. The lower lobe was the most badly torn. A lower lobectomy was done by video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). He complained less postoperative pain and the postoperative course was uneventful.
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