Cardiac rupture caused by traffic accident: Case reports and a literature review

Elvira Ventura Spagnolo, Sergio Salerno, Stefania Zerbo, Antonina Argo, Alberto Alongi, Antonio Guajana, Giuseppe Lo Re

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Abstract

The commonest cause of blunt cardiac injuries is from traffic accidents followed by violent falls, sport activities, accidents or a fight but rupture of the heart is rare and lethal. The precise incidence of cardiac injury after a blunt chest trauma is unknown as rates vary greatly in the literature from between 7% and 76% of cases. Autopsy studies have shown that the right ventricle is the most frequently ruptured, followed by the left ventricle, right atrium, intraventricular septum, left atrium and interatrial septum with decreasing frequency. Post-mortem imaging is a rapidly advancing field of post-mortem investigations of trauma victims. The available literature dealing with the comparison of post-mortem computed tomography results with forensic autopsy indicates that conventional autopsy remains superior for the detection of organ and soft tissue injuries in all body regions.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine5
RivistaTHE MEDICO-LEGAL JOURNAL
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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