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Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann. 2014 Jun;22(5):598-600. doi: 10.1177/0218492313479124. Epub 2014 Feb 19.

Blunt traumatic left atrial appendage rupture and cardiac herniation.

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1
Medical and Health Science Center, University of Debrecen, Hungary.
2
Department of Cardiac Surgery, Cho Ray Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
3
International Children's Heart Fund, Worcester, MA, USA atpezzella@hotmail.com.

Abstract

A 42-year-old man sustained blunt thoracic trauma after a motor vehicle accident. He underwent an urgent operation. Operative findings included a large hematoma, a 4-cm tear in the left atrial appendage, and a long pleuropericardial rupture along the right phrenic nerve. We repaired the left atrial appendage without cardiopulmonary bypass, and closed the pericardial defect primarily. The patient recovered fully and was discharged on the 6th postoperative day.

KEYWORDS:

Heart rupture; heart Injuries; nonpenetrating; pericardium; wounds

PMID:
24585276
DOI:
10.1177/0218492313479124
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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