sucking chest wound


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Related to sucking chest wound: flail chest, occlusive dressing, open pneumothorax, Tension pneumothorax, Agonal breathing

o·pen pneu·mo·thor·ax

a free communication between the atmosphere and the pleural space either through the lung or through the chest wall.
Synonym(s): sucking chest wound

o·pen pneu·mo·tho·rax

(ō'pĕn nū'mō-thōr'aks)
A free communication between the atmosphere and the pleural space either through the lung or through the chest wall.
Synonym(s): sucking chest wound, sucking wound.

sucking chest wound

A wound that penetrates the thorax and draws air into the pleural cavity, usually resulting in an expanding pneumothorax.
See also: wound