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Chest. 2001 Oct;120(4):1163-6.

Thorax and lung injuries arising from the two earthquakes in Turkey in 1999.

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  • 1Department of Chest Diseases and Tuberculosis, Kartal Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey. sozdogan@superonline.com

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVE:

To make a descriptive analysis of the frequency and the type of thorax and lung injuries among the casualties of the two devastating earthquakes that occurred in Turkey in 1999.

DESIGN:

Records of the hospitalized patients injured in the earthquakes were examined retrospectively.

RESULTS:

Among the total of 356 hospitalized patients, 21 (9.7%) in the Izmit earthquake and 6 (7.6%) in the Duzce earthquake had thorax and lung injuries. Pneumothorax and rib fractures were the two most frequent pathologies and accounted for 50% and 33.3% of the injuries, respectively.

CONCLUSION:

Approximately 10% of the casualties of a great earthquake may be expected to have thorax and lung injuries, and traumatic chest diseases should be considered in planning the medical response strategies.

PMID:
11591555
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