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Influence of Severe Thoracic Trauma on Choosing the Correct Surgical Strategy in Patients with Polytrauma from Kosovo

Shqiptar Demaçi, Saudin Maliqi, Frederik Çuperjani, Avni Behluli, Fitim Selimi, Fadil Gradica, Burbuqe Bruçi, Tomislav Jukic, David Stubljar, Xhevdet Aliu

University for Business and Technology, Prishtina, Kosovo

Med Sci Monit Basic Res 2021; 27:e932463

DOI: 10.12659/MSMBR.932463

Available online: 2021-08-23

Published: 2021-08-23


BACKGROUND: Severe thoracic trauma (TT) has a significant impact on the selection of treatment strategy in patients with polytrauma. Our aim was to assess the impact of severe TT on choosing the optimal surgical procedure to decrease mortality.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Overall, 66 patients with polytrauma and significant TT were analyzed. Demographic data, trauma history, admittance imaging, injury details, injury severity scores, conservative treatment, surgical treatment, days of hospital stay, and mortality data were gathered. Frequencies of thoracic surgical procedures and other treatments were collected and compared with those in the literature.
RESULTS: All patients had Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) scores of thorax >3. Injuries to extremities and/or the osseous pelvis accounted for 50% of injuries; 47.0% included the head and/or neck; 45.5% were external injuries; and 27.3% were abdominal injuries or included pelvic organs and/or lumbar spine. Mean prehospital time was 40.3 min. Mean time from trauma occurrence to tertiary treatment was 125 min. Blunt TT (BTT) was recorded in 59 patients (89.4%), and penetrant TT (PTT) was recorded in 7 patients (10.6%). Thoracic drainage, urgent thoracotomy and laparotomy were recorded procedures. The mean Injury Severity Score (ISS) of all patients was 31.17. Nine patients died (13.6%) and had BTT with a mean ISS of 48.44. The Trauma Injury Severity Score for BTT injuries was 77.08% and for PTT, 85.6%.
CONCLUSIONS: Factors that decreased hospital stay and mortality and increased survival included arriving in time after injury, aggressive reanimation/intensive care, and mandatory thoracic surgical procedure combined with laparotomy.

Keywords: Injury Severity Score, Multiple Trauma, Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgical Procedures, Thorax