J Korean Soc Traumatol.  2006 Dec;19(2):183-187.

A Case of Thoraco-abdominal Penetrating Injury with an Scaffolding Pipe following a Falling

  • 1Department of Surgery, SungAe General Hospital, Seoul, Korea. cskkim1@hanmail.net


An increase has been see in fall injuries at construction sites and in penetrating injuries by iron bars or pipes associated with the fall. In particular, a thoraco-abdominal penetrating injury had the worse prognosis, and multiple organ injury occurred because of blunt trauma associated with fall. Iron bars were the most common penetrating materials, and pipe penetrating injuries were uncommon. However, because the diameter of the pipes were large than those of the bars, penetrating injuries associated with pipes were more often fatal. A secondary thoraco-abdominal injury worsened the prognosis. We reported a case of a 33-year-old man with a thoraco-abdominal trauma secondary to a penetrating injury with a scaffolding pipe following a fall.


Scaffolding pipe; Thoraco-abdominal penetrating injury
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