Specific radiological findings of traumatic gastrointestinal tract injuries in patients with blunt chest and abdominal trauma

Nima Kokabi, Elie Harmouche, Minzhi Xing, Waqas Shuaib, Pardeep K. Mittal, Kenneth Wilson, Jamlik Omari Johnson, Savvas Nicolaou, Faisal Khosa

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Abstract

Gastrointestinal hollow viscus injury after blunt chest and abdominal trauma is uncommon and complicates 0.6%-1.2% of all cases of trauma. Early recognition of such injuries significantly decreases morbidity and mortality. Since physical examination is not accurate in detecting such injuries, contrast-enhanced computed tomography has been the mainstay for diagnosis in many emergency departments. This pictorial essay aims to review the incidence, mechanisms, and signs of gastrointestinal hollow viscus injuries in the setting of blunt chest and abdominal trauma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-163
Number of pages6
JournalCanadian Association of Radiologists Journal
Volume66
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Blunt trauma
  • Computed tomography
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Hollow viscus injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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