Metallic Foreign Bodies in the Thoracic Wall in Three Cases

Sezer H. F., Dayanir H.

EURASIAN JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE, vol.17, no.4, pp.202-204, 2018 (ESCI) identifier


There are many reports and reviews about foreign objects in various body parts, but the thoracic wall foreign objects are rarely seen, and there is no treatment consensus. In this study, we aimed to investigate the treatment of three patients who were admitted to the emergency department due to a thoracic gunshot wound. In their follow-up, they survived with a bullet in their thoracic wall, and there were no further thoracic complications associated. Details of the hospital records of the three patients referred to the Nyala Sudan-Turkey Training and Research Hospital, with foreign bodies-bullets or shrapnel-in the thoracic wall were reviewed, retrospectively. The treatment of thoracic wall foreign bodies is still controversial and as a result, small, noninfectious, non-complicated thoracic wall foreign bodies can be followed, after consulting with the patients.