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Big Toe Crush Injury

History: Adolescent girl dropped a weight on her foot with bone visible on physical exam.  This is the appearance of a crush injury to the first toe. This patient dropped a 25 lb dumbbell weight onto her first toe!

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