Two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiographic finding of left atrial compression resulting from blunt trauma to the thoracic spine

Rakesh Gupta, Navin C. Nanda, Fabiola Sozzi, Nandita Chakraborti, Sidharth Mangla, Tanya Gupta, Zeyad M. Elmarzouky, Subash Dulal

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Abstract

We present an adult female in whom two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography demonstrated encroachment of the thoracic spine on the left atrium (LA) resulting in a very small, compressed LA cavity by a prominent thoracic spine shadow. Computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest showed compression of the LA produced by localized anterior deformation of the thoracic spine which had resulted from blunt injury to her spine following a fall from a swing several years previously.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2130-2133
Number of pages4
JournalEchocardiography
Volume37
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • blunt trauma
  • compression
  • echocardiography
  • left atrium
  • thoracic spine
  • two-dimensional echocardiography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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