Ramphal, Paul S.; Irvine, R. W. ; Spencer, Howard W.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Penetrating injury to the great vessels: Case reviews and management approaches for West Indian surgeons
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
Penetrating injury to the great vessels in the thorax is an increasingly common and alarming clinical scenario in the West Indies, and in Jamaica in particular. The management of these often life- threatening injuries involves careful surgical planning and prompt operation, with close adherence to the principles of adequate pre- operative stabilization and investigations, and intra-operative exposure and repair. While this may be more easily accomplished in tertiary care centres, the geographical realities of the West Indies require that every surgeon be familiar with these techniques. A report of the management of some recent cases is followed by a review of the subject and recommended treatment strategies are outlined.....