Right atrial rupture after road traffic accident
Accidents and post-traumatic injuries are one of the most important health and social problems. Non-penetrating chest trauma with injury to the heart has become increasingly common particularly as a result of acceleration/deceleration injuries in modern, high speed, vehicular accidents. Most of them require immediate medico-surgical intervention. The classic clinical presentation is not universal and a subset of patients may present asymptomatically. In blunt chest trauma, cardiac chamber rupture is uncommon although associated with high mortality rate. Blunt traumatic atrial rupture has better prognosis than ventricular tear. Rapid transportation to medical care, accurate timely diagnosis and emergent operative intervention are essential for successful outcome.
ANZ Journal of Surgery
(2015). Right atrial rupture after road traffic accident. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 87(9), 734-735.
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