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J Forensic Leg Med. 2011 Apr;18(3):119-20. doi: 10.1016/j.jflm.2011.01.007. Epub 2011 Feb 1.

Thoracic injuries resulting from intimate partner violence.

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  • 1Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece.


Intimate partner violence affects individuals in every part of the world regardless of financial status, age, race, religion, nationality and educational background. Women are often the victims of assault by their partners and their presence in emergency departments is well documented. This report highlights the relatively infrequent occurrence of a traumatic pneumothorax as a result of intimate partner physical abuse and aims to emphasize the crucial role all health care professionals need to play if domestic violence is to be recognized early.

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