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Atrial rupture in a child from cardiac massage by his parent.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3579415     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A 4-year-old boy presented with a single seizure following a viral syndrome. He had a pericardial effusion on admission, and this increased suddenly on the third day of hospitalization, producing cardiac tamponade. After blood was aspirated from the child's pericardial cavity, the father revealed that he performed cardiac massage on his son following the seizure. A laceration of the right atrium was repaired at operation, and the boy made a good recovery. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation by lay persons is not without hazard, and patients with such a history should be watched carefully for the possibility of damage to intrathoracic structures.
M J Reardon; D M Gross; A M Vallone; A P Weiland; W E Walker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of thoracic surgery     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0003-4975     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Thorac. Surg.     Publication Date:  1987 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-06-10     Completed Date:  1987-06-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15030100R     Medline TA:  Ann Thorac Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  557-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cardiac Tamponade / diagnosis,  etiology,  surgery
Child, Preschool
Heart Atria / injuries
Heart Injuries / diagnosis,  etiology*,  surgery
Pericardial Effusion / diagnosis,  etiology,  surgery
Resuscitation / adverse effects*

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