War in Croatia and thoracic war injuries - retrospective study of 454 cases in period 1992-1995
Aim: To present our experience in treatment of thoracic war injuries and to suggest an optimal surgical approach. Methods: Total of 454 patients with thoracic war injuries are included in the study. Data are collected during Aug. 1992 − Dec. 1995 period and retrospectively analyzed. Results: 454 of 2693 (16.9%) patients suffered serious thoracic injury. Predominance of penetrating injuries (65%) and male sex (95%) is obvious. Over 50% of the patients is treated non-operatively. Conclusion: Non-operative treatment and pleural drainage are the cornerstones of thoracic war injuries management.
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