Delayed traumatic cardiac tamponade: An extremely rare sequela of blunt trauma

Delayed traumatic cardiac tamponade: An extremely rare sequela of blunt trauma

Sena Park*, MD and Janaka Balasooriya, MBBS MD (Surgery) MRCS

Department of General Surgery, The Canberra Hospital, Yamba Drive, GARRAN, Australian Capital Territory 2605

To our knowledge, there have been minimal information on the delayed traumatic cardiac tamponade, which is an extremely rare but a life-threatening condition if not treated promptly. We present a 25-year-old female who had cardiac tamponade of delayed onset after a motor vehicle crash. It was found on a computed tomography scan of the chest, and confirmed on subsequent echocardiography. Urgent operation of creation of pericardial window was performed. She made a good recovery after the operative intervention. The current report emphasises the importance of having high index of suspicion in patients with non-penetrating multi-trauma with careful observation and appropriate investigations.

CT: Computed tomography
CTPA: Computed tomography pulmonary angiogram
GCS: Glasgow coma scale
ICU: Intensive care unit
MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging
MTP: Massive transfusion
RV: Right ventricle
TTE: Transthoracic echocardiography
VATS: Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery

Keywords: Delayed traumatic cardiac tamponade; Sequela of blunt trauma

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Sena Park; Janaka Balasooriya. Delayed traumatic cardiac tamponade: An extremely rare sequela of blunt trauma. International Journal of Case Reports, 2021; 5:208. DOI: 10.28933/ijcr-2021-02-2206


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