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Chest stabbing

In penetrating trauma, patients who survive the initial assault may present with hemodynamic compromise from:

Each organ in the chest should be actively assessed for injury, including subdiaphragmatic structures, as sometimes the length of the blade is not known and the diaphragm can be injured, especially if the stab wound is in the lower-third of the chest. 

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