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Home > Images > Abdominal Trauma > Abdominothoracic trauma due to impalement by an iron bar

Dr Biplab Mishra

A 22 year old male impaled by a five foot iron bar two inches in diameter during a road traffic accident. The bar entered at the level of the epigastrium and exited through the left posterior thoracic wall.
Under general anesthesia a left thoracotomy was done as shown by the accompanying image.

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Dr Rizwan, April 01, 2009

What was the outcome and what is the best way to manage such trauma?

Dr Rizwan

biplabm, October 02, 2012

Dr Rizwan,

Patient was successfully operated upon without any residual effects.He plays badminton now.

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