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Pericardial rupture and cardiac herniation after blunt chest trauma.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12607682     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pericardial rupture after blunt chest trauma is rare and is associated with a high mortality rate. We describe a patient with traumatic pericardial rupture and cardiac herniation who was successfully treated surgically. Traumatic pericardial rupture is difficult to diagnose preoperatively but should be suspected whenever there is severe blunt chest trauma. If pericardial rupture is not recognized and treated promptly it could be fatal owing to cardiac herniation.
Jacques T Janson; David G Harris; Johann Pretorius; Gawie J Rossouw
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of thoracic surgery     Volume:  75     ISSN:  0003-4975     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Thorac. Surg.     Publication Date:  2003 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-02-27     Completed Date:  2003-03-17     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:  581-2     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Tygerberg Hospital, University of Stellenbosch, Tygerberg, South Africa.
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MeSH Terms
Heart Diseases / radiography,  surgery*
Middle Aged
Pericardium / injuries*
Wounds, Nonpenetrating / complications*,  surgery*
Comment In:
Ann Thorac Surg. 2004 Feb;77(2):754-5; author reply 755   [PMID:  14759485 ]

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