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Crit Care Clin. 2004 Jan;20(1):57-70.

Blunt cardiac injury.

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Department of Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, 3181 Southwest Sam Jackson Park Road, L223, Portland, OR 97239, USA.


In summary, the incidence of BCI following blunt thoracic trauma patients has been reported between 20% and 76%, and no gold standard exists to diagnose BCI. Diagnostic tests should be limited to identify those patients who are at risk of developing cardiac complications as a result of BCI. Therapeutic interventions should be directed to treat the complications of BCI. Finally, the prognosis and outcome of BCI patients is encouraging.

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