Combined Blunt Cardiac and Pericardial Rupture: Review of the Literature and Report of a New Diagnostic Algorithm

May, Addison K.; Patterson, Mark A.; Rue III, Loring W.; Shiller, Henry J.; Rotondo, Michael F.; Schwab, C. William
June 1999
American Surgeon;Jun1999, Vol. 65 Issue 6, p568
Academic Journal
Discusses two cases of delayed blunt cardiac rupture in which the diagnosis was delayed by the presence of an associated pericardial tear with decompression into the mediastinum and pleural space. Factors that obscured the diagnosis; Recommendations for diagnostic algorithms.


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