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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 63-65

Traumatic asphyxia: A case report and literature review

1 Department of Surgery, King Khalid Hospital Hail, KSA
2 Department of Medical, King Khalid Hospital Hail, KSA

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Dr. Alaa Mohamed Sedik
Department of Surgery, King Khalid Hospital Hail
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DOI: 10.4103/ssj.ssj_9_17

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Perthe's syndrome (traumatic asphyxia) is rare, which is caused by sudden compressive chest trauma and characterized by subconjunctival hemorrhage, facial edema, craniocervical cyanosis, and petechiae on the upper chest and face and should always be kept in mind as a possible complication of injuries of the chest and abdomen. Crush asphyxia is different from positional asphyxia, as respiratory compromise in the latter is caused by splinting of the chest and/or diaphragm, thus preventing normal chest expansion. There are only a few cases or small case series of crush asphyxia in literature, reporting usually poor outcomes. We reported a case of a 29-year-old male who sustained a severe crush injury to the chest due to fall of a heavy object.

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