1. Gettig, Kelly MSN, RN, CPNP-PC/AC
  2. Lawson, Karla A. PhD
  3. Garcia, Nilda M. MD
  4. Fox, Kenneth A. MD


Thoracic injuries are second only to central nervous system injuries as the leading cause of traumatic death in patients of all ages. Penetrating chest injury is very uncommon in children, but it comes with significant morbidity and mortality. Presentation of penetrating thoracic injury in the child is unique with inherent opportunities for learning. The purpose of this case report was to disseminate information regarding rare thoracic trauma in the pediatric patient.