Major bronchial trauma in the pediatric age group

E. Heldenberg, T. H. Vishne, M. Pley, D. Simansky, Y. Refaeli, A. Binun, M. Saute, A. Yellin

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Tracheobronchial injuries are rare among all age groups and are extremely rare among the pediatric age group. Yet, the incidence has seemed to increase. Most of these patients die before reaching the hospital from severe associated injuries. Isolated bronchial injury is even more rare than tracheal injury, and it is the focus of the present study. A retrospective national survey was conducted among all tertiary referral and trauma centers in Israel regarding the period between the years 1983 and 1998. Only six cases (3 males and 3 females) of isolated bronchial rupture were found the throughout the country. Ages of the patients ranged from 2 to 14 years; all were involved in motor vehicle accidents, four of them as pedestrians. Ruptures occurred in the bronchus intermedicus (2 cases), left and right main bronchus (2 cases each). All but one patient went through primary repair. We give a full description of the procedure and discuss the literature regarding incidence, diagnosis, treatment, and outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-153
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Journal of Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes


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