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Delayed complications after myocardial contusion
  1. E D Grech,
  2. P A Dodds,
  3. R A Perry
  1. Department of Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Centre, Liverpool

    Abstract

    A 45 year old farmer was kicked in the chest by a horse. In the days following the injury episodic breathlessness developed and he was admitted to hospital with right ventricular failure and pulmonary emboli. Echocardiography showed global right ventricular dysfunction but a right ventricular mural thrombus, the likely source of the pulmonary emboli, was not seen. He gradually recovered after treatment with anticoagulant. One month later he presented with a further complication—complete atrioventricular dissociation—that required a dual chamber pacemaker implantation.

    This patient had few initial manifestations of right ventricular myocardial contusion and this case illustrates that such patients should be closely monitored for delayed complications.

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