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Left ventricular rupture with resulting cardiac tamponade due to blast force trauma from gunshot wound.
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PMID:  19879089     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Background: Acute cardiac tamponade can rapidly become a surgical emergency requiring prompt diagnosis and intervention. Common etiologies of acute cardiac tamponade include blunt or penetrating trauma, surgical complications, sequelae from myocardial infarction and effusion. Objectives: This case report illustrates an instance where penetrating trauma mimics non-penetrating blunt force trauma. Case Report: The following is a report of a woman who died from cardiac tamponade secondary to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. This case is unique because the pericardium was not perforated; the left ventricle sustained numerous lacerations from the blast forces upon discharge of the weapon, resulting in a hemopericardium. Conclusion: This article defines cardiac tamponade, presents the case, and discusses shotgun ballistics, wounding mechanisms, and blunt force trauma.
Charles Farrell Branch; Jeff Adams
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-10-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of emergency medicine     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0736-4679     ISO Abbreviation:  J Emerg Med     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8412174     Medline TA:  J Emerg Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  263-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
University of Minnesota School of Medicine - Duluth Campus, Duluth, Minnesota.
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