December 1983

Acute Mitral Regurgitation After Blunt Chest Trauma

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Cardiovascular Surgery (Drs Mazzucco, Rizzoli, Faggian, Aru, and Bortolotti), Anesthesia (Dr Sorbara), and Cardiology (Dr Chioin), University of Padua (Italy) Medical School.

Arch Intern Med. 1983;143(12):2326-2329. doi:10.1001/archinte.1983.00350120124028

• We treated a case of isolated acute mitral incompetence due to complete transection of the anterior papillary muscle produced by blunt chest trauma. The excellent results obtained with conservative therapy suggest that this approach be used in other similar cases. The pertinent medical literature is reviewed.

(Arch Intern Med 1983;143:2326-2329)