Delayed presentation with cardiac tamponade due to blunt thoracic trauma and ruptured left atrial appendage

Matthew Oates, Anand Iyer, Mark Fitzgerald, Sumit Yadav, Pankaj Saxena

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Delayed survival due to cardiac chamber rupture in the setting of blunt thoracic trauma is rare. Delay can occur due to transport from a remote location as reported herein when patient was operated upon 5 h later following left atrial rupture causing cardiac tamponade. We emphasize the need for high index of suspicion of cardiac tamponade in patients who show hemodynamic instability. Cardiopulmonary bypass may be required when there is uncontrolled bleeding following opening of the pericardium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-74
Number of pages2
JournalIndian Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Blunt thoracic trauma
  • Cardiac tamponade
  • Left atrium

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