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Distant entry pneumothorax in a competitive fencer.
  1. P A Harmer,
  2. J Moriarity,
  3. M Walsh,
  4. M Bean,
  5. J Cramer
  1. Department of Exercise Science, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon 97301, USA.


    An elite level fencer sustained a penetrating wound to the upper arm after his opponent's blade broke. Standard care for a deep puncture wound was given but it was some time before the athlete presented symptoms of a pneumothorax, which was confirmed by radiograph. Although resolution of this case was unremarkable, the possibility of penetrating thoracic injury, even when the point of entry is well outside the thorax and the athlete is not immediately symptomatic, should be born in mind by medical personnel working with fencers.

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