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Penetrating Chest Trauma – Knife in Chest

History: 50 year old male with self inflicted chest stab wound. Important findings to look for in the case of penetrating trauma to the chest include pneumothorax, pleural effusion (which indicates hemothorax), widened mediastinum indicating injury to the vascular pedicle, enlarged cardiac silhouette indicating hemopericardium, diaphragmatic injury, and pneumoperitoneum. Surprisingly, this patient did not have … Continue reading

Rib Fracture

History: 30 year old male with chest wall pain.  Classic findings of a rib fracture


History: 65 year old male with a history of chronic lymphocytic leukemia presents with left sided chest pain, shortness of breath, and hypoxia after a CT-guided biopsy of a left lung mass.  This is an iatrogenic pneumothorax in a patient status post lung biopsy. This patient had a cavitary lung mass.