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Trauma to the thoracic cavity is responsible for approximately 10-25% of all trauma-related deaths, with the majority of these deaths occurring after arrival at the emergency department. The mortality for isolated chest injury is relatively low (less than 5%); however, with multiple organ system involvement, the mortality approaches 30%. This article dissects the critical aspects of thoracic trauma and highlights acute care management strategies.

Trauma Reports Supplement: Evaluation and Management of Blunt and Penetrating Thoracic Trauma