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

Kanchan, Tanuj and Menezes, Ritesh G. and Acharya, Preetam B. and Monteiro, Francis N.P. (2012) Blunt trauma to the chest- A case of delayed cardiac rupture. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 19. pp. 46-47.

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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

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Blunt chest trauma Heart Delayed cardiac rupture Cardiac tamponade
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2012 05:48
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2012 05:48
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/2211

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