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Citation

Williams JB, Silver DG, Laws HL. J. Trauma 1981; 21(7): 534-537.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1981, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

7019453

Abstract

Seven patients with cardiac rupture from blunt trauma were encountered at the University Hospital, University of Alabama School of Medicine, in a 15-year period. Five of seven patients survived, including three with left atrial injuries and one each with right ventricular and left ventricular injuries. Useful diagnostic features included systolic hypotension, distended neck veins, and elevated central venous pressures. Associated injuries averaged four per patient. Successful management demands a high index of suspicion of cardiac injury, prompt diagnosis, and immediate median sternotomy. After repair of the heart the incision should usually be extended to allow exploratory laparotomy.


Language: en

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