Pectus Excavatum in Blunt Chest Trauma

A Case Report

Emmanouil Liodakis; Eirini Liodaki; Hrayr G Basmajian; Nael Hawi; Maximilian Petri; Christian Krettek; Michael Jagodzinski


J Med Case Reports. 2013;7(22) 

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We have reported the case of a patient who was brought to our hospital because of a complaint of thoracic pain. She probably would not have survived if brought to a hospital without a cardiothoracic surgery department. Because the most common mechanism of blunt cardiac rupture is squeezing of the heart between the sternum and the spine, we believe that patients with pectus excavatum are at a higher risk for heart ruptures and suggest their admission to Level I Trauma Centers.