Massive foreign body impalement of the shoulder and chest wall

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Impalement injuries to the upper extremity are rare. A case is described of penetration of a 10 x 3,5 inch fence post into the left shoulder of a 16-year old boy, pinning the shoulder to the chest wall. Sequelae of potential serious brachioplexus, vascular, and intrathoracic injuries are reviewed. The author presents a systematic treatment approach to the assessment, extrication, and microneurovascular repair of damaged structures, and to soft tissue reconstruction following massive foreign body injuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-454
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Plastic Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


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