Which of the following chest injuries has been described as 'stove in chest' (AIIMS May 2012)
|A||Injury producing multiple rib fractures on both sides of the sternum, producing a flail anterior segment.|
|B||Traumatic pneumopericardium due to penetrating injury to the heart.|
|C||A dissecting aneurysm of the ascending aorta which ruptures into the mediastinum.|
|D||A tear in the diaphragm producing a traumatic diaphragmatic hernia.|
Injury producing multiple rib fractures on both sides of the sternum, producing a flail anterior segment.
a. Violent injuries to the thorax may cause fractures on both sides of the sternum thus producing a flail anterior segment of the thorax.
b. Ventilation of the lungs is severely impaired and it may be fatal. Treatment is by positive pressure ventilation.