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Sudden death from contusion of the right atrium after blunt chest trauma: case report and review of the literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15589944     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Occult cardiac injury following blunt trauma is more common than generally suspected. Myocardial lesions range from myocardial contusion to cardiac rupture. Myocardial contusion is not uncommon, it is usually a benign disorder which often remains undiagnosed. We report the case of a previously healthy 29-year-old man who was involved in a fight and suffered from blunt heart injury leading to contusion of the right atrium. The patient died soon after the injury and before admission to the Hospital. The diagnosis was made at autopsy. The present case is of special interest because of the unusual eliciting event and the rarity of the contusion site (right atrium). It is reported in order to raise the index of suspicion in physicians treating patients involved in a fight and aid in prompt diagnosis of myocardial contusion.
Theodore Vougiouklakis; Dimitrios Peschos; Apostolos Doulis; Anna Batistatou; Antigone Mitselou; Niki J Agnantis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Injury     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0020-1383     ISO Abbreviation:  Injury     Publication Date:  2005 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-12-15     Completed Date:  2005-05-12     Revised Date:  2006-05-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0226040     Medline TA:  Injury     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  213-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Forensic Medicine, Medical School, University of Ioannina, P.O. Box 1186, 451 10 Ioannina, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Contusions / complications*,  pathology
Death, Sudden, Cardiac / etiology*,  pathology
Fatal Outcome
Heart Atria / pathology
Heart Injuries / complications*,  pathology
Wounds, Nonpenetrating / complications*,  pathology
Comment In:
Injury. 2006 Jan;37(1):81-2; author reply 82   [PMID:  15978594 ]

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