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Canadian Respiratory Journal
Volume 15, Issue 1, Pages 39-40
Case Report

Removal of an Impaled Knife under Thoracoscopic Guidance

Seth Isenburg,1 Nicole Jackson,2 and Riyad Karmy-Jones1,2

1Trauma/Intensive Care Unit, Emanuel Hospital, Portland, Oregon, USA
2Division of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Southwest Washington Medical Center, Vancouver, Washington, USA

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Thoracoscopy is being increasingly utilized in stable patients to manage both blunt and penetrating injuries. The case of a patient who presented with a knife impaled in the chest is reported. The knife was able to be removed under thoracoscopic guidance, avoiding thoracotomy.