Shot to the heart: A case of traumatic ventricular septal aneurysm and review of the literature

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Abstract

Traumatic cardiac injuries are an uncommon diagnosis in the pediatric population. Of the traumatic cardiac injuries, more than 95% are contusions. Traumatic ventricular aneurysms are exceptionally rare, and most are detected during long-term follow-up. They are usually successfully managed medically but can require emergent surgical intervention. We report the case of a 6-year-old boy who was in a motor vehicle collision. He was found to have profound sinus bradycardia during initial resuscitation with hypotension. An electrocardiogram showed complete heart block. A cardiologist was consulted, and an echocardiogram was performed, which revealed a ventricular septal aneurysm. The case is followed by a review of the literature on traumatic cardiac injuries and ventricular septal aneurysms in the pediatric population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)460-462
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric emergency care
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2012

Keywords

  • cardiac trauma
  • complete heart block
  • fatal arrhythmias
  • traumatic ventricular septal aneurysms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine

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