Article Abstract

Survival of the fittest: the role of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery in thoracic impalement injuries

Authors: Yu-Wei Liu, Jui-Ying Lee, Dong-Lin Tsai, Chieh-Ni Kao, Po-Chih Chang, Shah-Hwa Chou, Chao-Wen Chen


Trauma is the leading cause of death among those under the age of 45 in Taiwan (1). According to the literature, thoracic injuries account for approximately 25% of trauma-related deaths, with an estimated one-third of these mortalities being immediate because of injury severity (2).