1. Traumatic asphyxia is probably much more common than surgical literature would show.
2. Traumatic asphyxia should always be kept in mind as a possible complication of injuries of chest and abdomen.
3. Temporary unconsciousness usually accompanies the condition. Convulsions are seldom present. Subconjunctival hemorrhage is an invariable accompaniment.
4. The discoloration encountered may be either violet, reddish purple or black. Discoloration usually clears up within a few days.
5. Death is probably never due directly to the traumatic asphyxia, but in fatal cases in due to associated injuries.
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