Tension gastrothorax: a life-threatening cause of acute abdominal pain

Yuan Kao; Wei-Jing Lee; Hung-Jung Lin
April 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;4/28/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 9, p983
Academic Journal
The article presents a clinical study regarding tension gastrothorax. It features a clinical case wherein the patient suffered from multiple outer and inner injuries in his chest and ribs, and has a traumatic rupture of the diaphragm. It states the association of tension gastrothorax with surgical procedures and defects in the diaphragm. It suggests that emergency nasogastric tube placement can help in managing this life-threatening condition.


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