Right atrial free wall rupture after blunt chest trauma


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Abstract

We report the case of an 18-year-old man, victim of a car accident, presenting with severe hypotension and signs of cardiac tamponade. Transoesophageal echocardiography was suggestive of right atrial free wall rupture. The patient underwent urgent cardiac surgery for repair of right atrial rupture. The immediate clinical outcome was favourable; the patient is in good general condition at 24-month follow-up. The right atrium is rarely involved in cardiac contusion as compared to the right ventricle or other cardiac structures, owing to its anatomical location and direction of physical forces.

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