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Heart rupture by closed chest trauma

Heart rupture by closed chest trauma

Archives des Maladies du Coeur et des Vaisseaux 94(11): 1161-1165

Cardiac rupture is certainly unrecognised in the context of closed chest trauma. There have been few reports in the literature despite the fact that autopsy series show that it is the second cause of death after serious thoracic injury. The authors report three cases of traumatic rupture of the heart. The clinical presentation, apart from cardiogenic shock, differs according to whether there is an associated rupture of the pericardium. When the pericardium is intact, the diagnosis is suggested by the signs of tamponade: With earlier treatment of trauma by medical teams, this lesion should be diagnosed as soon as possible. Echocardiography has many indications in closed chest trauma. Early surgical intervention is the only treatment of these lesions.

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