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Electrocardiographic abnormalities after blunt chest trauma

Alonso Vega L, Gallastegui Menéndez A, Mier Ruiz V, Teja Santamaría C, González Setien S, Cayón Hoyo S

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Servicio de Urgencias. Hospital de Laredo. Laredo. Cantabria, Spain. Servicio del 061. Servicio de Emergencias del Servicio Cántabro de Salud. Cantabria, Spain.

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Alonso Vega L, Gallastegui Menéndez A, Mier Ruiz V, Teja Santamaría C, González Setien S, Cayón Hoyo S. Electrocardiographic abnormalities after blunt chest trauma. Emergencias. 2011;23:115-8

Summary

Damage to the heart as a result of blunt chest trauma is relatively infrequent, with an

incidence of 10% to 16% depending on the series. Nevertheless, damage can cause

significant life-threatening events if there is rupture of the cardiac free wall, septa, valves

or coronary vessels, or interruption of myocardial circulation and hemodynamic

instability. Cardiac contusion most often occurs as a result of blunt chest trauma in a

traffic accident, caused by direct chest trauma or acceleration/deceleration forces that

affect the heart or, occasionally, the valves. We report a case in which a man taken to our

emergency department after a traffic accident developed transient type 2:1

atrioventricular block along with signs of myocardial infarction. The events resolved

spontaneously.

 

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