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Overview of intrathoracic injuries in children

Matthew Eisenberg, MD
Section Editor
Richard G Bachur, MD
Deputy Editor
James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH


Trauma is the leading cause of death in children. Thoracic injury typically occurs as the result of forceful mechanisms that also cause serious associated injuries. This topic will review clinical manifestations and initial management of intrathoracic injuries in children. More detail regarding management of specific injuries is provided separately:

(See "Cardiac injury from blunt trauma", section on 'Pediatric considerations'.)

(See "Initial evaluation and stabilization of children with thoracic trauma".)

(See "Pulmonary contusion in children".)

(See "Chest wall injuries in children".)

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