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Blunt cardiac rupture in the setting of previous sternotomy


Ch'Ng, S and Plunkett, B and Hardikar, A and Murton, M, Blunt cardiac rupture in the setting of previous sternotomy, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 94, (4) pp. 1343-1345. ISSN 0003-4975 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.01.088


Most cases of blunt cardiac rupture (BCR) are associated with mortality at the scene of the injury. For the fortunate 13% to 17% of patients who survive the journey to the hospital, the treatment is definitive surgical repair. In the setting of previous sternotomy, the pericardial adhesions may limit the damage and protect against cardiac tamponade. We describe a patient who sustained 2 right ventricular tears from blunt trauma in a motor vehicle accident 18 years after coronary artery bypass graft surgery. He did not demonstrate hemodynamic compromise and was successfully managed conservatively.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Paramedicine
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Treatment of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Hardikar, A (Dr Ashutosh Hardikar)
ID Code:85007
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2013-06-11
Last Modified:2017-11-15

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