The treatment of thoracic trauma continues to evolve over the years. Initial care of these patients is straightforward and often performed adequately by emergency room physicians and general surgeons. Tertiary care of these patients is multidisciplinary in nature, however, and communication with the thoracic surgeon is essential to minimize mortality and long-term morbidity. Improvement in the understanding of the underlying molecular physiologic mechanisms involved in the various traumatic pathologic processes, and the advancement of diagnostic techniques, minimally invasive approaches, and pharmacologic therapy, all continue to contribute to decreasing the morbidity and mortality of these critically injured patients.
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- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine