Surgical repair of atrial septal rupture due to blunt trauma

Bart P. Jenson, Irwin Hoffman, Fabrizio M. Follis, Larry C. Kuo, Jorge A. Wernly

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We report a case of atrial septal rupture and surgical cure after blunt chest trauma. Review of the literature indicates that this rare lesion results from severe forces applied to the chest and is often associated with other serious and life-threatening injuries. The defect may not be recognized for several months or even years in patients who survive concomitant initial trauma. When operative repair is undertaken, a favorable outcome can be anticipated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1172-1174
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery


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