Blunt trauma to the chest- A case of delayed cardiac rupture

Tanuj Kanchan, Ritesh G. Menezes, Preetam B. Acharya, Francis N P Monteiro

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Abstract

Blunt traumatic cardiac rupture is a relatively uncommon diagnosis and is usually associated with a high mortality rate. A case of delayed cardiac rupture is described in an elderly person who sustained blunt chest trauma following a fall into a roadside ditch. In the case reported herein, the preliminary investigations at the time of admission did not show any evidence of haemopericardium. The patient deteriorated suddenly, possibly due to a delayed rupture of the right ventricle that was diagnosed postmortem. Acute cardiac tamponade resulting from rupture of the right ventricle is a serious and life threatening state. A high index of suspicion about the possibility of delayed cardiac rupture is required during the management of a case of polytrauma where significant cardiac findings can be masked by the presence of other injuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-47
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2012
Externally publishedYes

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Heart Rupture
Heart Ventricles
trauma
Rupture
Thorax
mortality
Heart Injuries
Cardiac Tamponade
human being
Pericardial Effusion
Multiple Trauma
Wounds and Injuries
Case Management
management
evidence
Mortality
time

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  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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Kanchan, Tanuj ; Menezes, Ritesh G. ; Acharya, Preetam B. ; Monteiro, Francis N P. / Blunt trauma to the chest- A case of delayed cardiac rupture. In: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine. 2012 ; Vol. 19, No. 1. pp. 46-47.
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In: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, Vol. 19, No. 1, 01.01.2012, p. 46-47.

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