Survival following resuscitative thoracotomy for combined left ventricle and left atrium ruptures secondary to blunt trauma

Mark Fitzgerald, Abhishek Basu, Fatima Rahman, T. John Russell, Jane Hines, Julian Gooi, Silvana Marasco, Lamia Bezer, Peter Effeney, Kerryn Bunbury

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Improvements in pre-hospital care and the development of integrated Trauma Systems have streamlined access for the severely injured to sophisticated, specialist Trauma Centre reception and resuscitation. We describe the initial care of a survivor of combined ruptures of the left ventricle and left atrium secondary to blunt injury. This case emphasises the contribution of such a Trauma System in achieving a favourable outcome for a severely injured trauma patient with injuries previously considered non-survivable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1089-1092
Number of pages4
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiac tamponade
  • Cardiac trauma
  • FAST
  • Resuscitative thoracotomy
  • Trauma systems

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