Pediatric abdominal and thoracic trauma

Christine M. Leeper, Isam W. Nasr, Stefan Scholz

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Pediatric trauma kills 875,000 children and injures an additional 10-30 million children each year, resulting in a tremendous life years lost and cost to society. The care of the pediatric trauma patient is unique given the myriad anatomic and physiologic differences between children and adults. However, the basic principles of trauma care are familiar with the goals of restoring and maintaining oxygen delivery, diagnosing and treating life-threatening injuries in a timely fashion and minimizing secondary injury. This process involves trauma team preparation, a primary survey, a secondary survey, and the use of adjunct procedures and resources. Special populations include those with solid organ injury, burns and victims of child abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPediatric Surgery Handbook for Residents and Medical Students
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781536108071
ISBN (Print)9781536107937
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Child abuse
  • Children
  • Hollow viscus injury
  • Life threatening condition
  • Pediatric
  • Pediatric trauma
  • Primary survey
  • Secondary survey
  • Solid organ injury
  • Thoracic trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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