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A role for video assisted thoracoscopy in stable penetrating chest trauma
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  1. R Hanvesakul,
  2. A Momin,
  3. M J Gee,
  4. M T Marrinan
  1. Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Rajesh Hanvesakul
 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS, UK; rhanvesakuldoctors.org.uk

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A 40 year old woman presented to a district general hospital following a stabbing to the back of her chest with a large bread knife. She arrived with the knife still in situ (fig 1). On initial assessment she was found to be haemodynamically stable with no other injuries. Chest x ray revealed a knife and a small right pneumothorax (fig 2). An intercostal chest drain was inserted and 450 ml of blood drained. As she remained haemodynamically stable she was transferred to the …

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