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Identifying a Patient at Low Risk for Visceral Blast Injury Based on Status of the Ear Drums (Tympanic Membranes)

Specialty:

Orthopedic Surgery
Emergency Medicine
Critical Care
General Surgery

Objective:

ICD-10:

Description:

Primary blast injuries may leave no or few external signs. The ear drums (tympanic membranes) have a lower threshold for damage and rupture than the lungs or gastrointestinal tract. Examination of the ear drums can be used to quickly screen a patient exposed to a blast.

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