ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
An isolated right auricular rupture following blunt chest trauma causing massive hemothorax
Figen Türk1, Vefa Özcan2, Gökhan Yuncu1, Yasin Ekinci1, Serkan Girgin2
1Pamukkale Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Göğüs Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, Denizli, Türkiye
2Pamukkale Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, Denizli, Türkiye
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2014.8812
Cardiac injuries rarely occur during blunt chest traumas which frequently develop as a result of motor vehicle accidents. Cardiac injuries can be often overlooked in cases of cardiac injuries following blunt chest trauma due to the frequent co-existence of other organ injuries. The mortality rate is increases unless such injuries are recognized on time and treated urgently. In this article, we report a successful treatment with right thoracotomy of a 48-year-old female case who developed massive hemothorax due to an isolated right atrial rupture which was associated with blunt chest trauma and multiple organ injury following a traffic accident.
Keywords : Blunt injury; heart rupture; hemothorax; multiple trauma
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