- •Thoracic trauma is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in children exposed to blast and early recognition of these injuries is vital.
- •No studies have investigated the sensitivity of chest X-ray (CXR) for the detection of chest injury in paediatric blast casualties.
- •CXR findings were compared to the ‘gold standard’ of CT for detection of significant thoracic injuries in 103 children who were injured by blast.
- •CXR has low sensitivity for detecting thoracic injury in children exposed to blast, necessitating a low threshold for the use of CT for such patients.
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