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Severe right ventricular contusion mimicking cardiac tamponade: the value of transesophageal echocardiography in blunt chest trauma.
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PMID:  8457109     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Clinically, severe right ventricular contusion may mimic cardiac tamponade. We report two cases of suspected cardiac tamponade after blunt chest trauma in which the diagnosis of severe right ventricular contusion was made only by transesophageal echocardiography, avoiding unnecessary and hazardous pericardiocentesis. These cases illustrate the value of transesophageal echocardiography in diagnosing blunt chest trauma.
S P Goldberg; D G Karalis; J J Ross
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of emergency medicine     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0196-0644     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Emerg Med     Publication Date:  1993 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-04-21     Completed Date:  1993-04-21     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8002646     Medline TA:  Ann Emerg Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  745-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Likoff Cardiovascular Institute, Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiac Tamponade / diagnosis*
Contusions / diagnosis
Diagnostic Errors
Echocardiography / methods
Heart Ventricles / injuries*
Middle Aged
Thoracic Injuries / diagnosis*,  physiopathology,  therapy
Wounds, Nonpenetrating / diagnosis*,  physiopathology,  therapy

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