Rare Use of Posterolateral Thoracotomy in an Austere Environment

Rebekah J. Devasahayam, Robert A. Fabich, Currie A. Tighe, Tyson E. Becker

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A 25-year-old local national male presented to a split Forward Surgical Team after impalement of the posterior chest with a metal fragment. The patient was hemodynamically normal, but no imaging was available to determine the depth of penetration or the size of the internal portion of the fragment. This case represents a rare indication for posterolateral thoracotomy in an austere trauma setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)530-532
Number of pages3
JournalMilitary medicine
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Mar 2 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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