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Semin Pediatr Surg. 2004 May;13(2):87-97.

Penetrating trauma in children.

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From the Department of Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA.


Penetrating injuries account for 10% to 20% of all pediatric trauma admissions at most centers. Gunshot wounds are responsible for the overwhelming majority of penetrating traumatic injuries and have a significantly higher mortality rate than do blunt injury mechanisms. The management of penetrating injuries can be quite challenging and often requires rapid assessment and intervention. Specific management principles are guided by the anatomic location of injury, the determination of trajectory, and the suspected organs injured. Management approaches have been adopted in large part from the more robust adult experience. However, application of these strategies to similar life-threatening injuries in the pediatric population appears appropriate.

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