September 1970

Traumatic Pseudoaneurysm of the Left Ventricle

Author Affiliations

Long Beach, Calif
From the Cardiovascular Laboratory (Drs. Kazenelson and Spellberg) and the Department of Radiology (Dr. O'Reilly), St. Mary's Long Beach Hospital, Long Beach, Calif.

Am J Dis Child. 1970;120(3):252-254. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1970.02100080136016

A case of pseudoaneurysm of the left ventricle following apparent mild blunt wall trauma presents in a 12-year-old girl. Pseudoaneurysms are external to the left ventricular wall and communicate with the left ventricular cavity by a narrow neck. The diagnosis should be entertained in children presenting with a history of chest wall trauma, systolic murmur, wide-splitting of the second heart sound, and abnormal cardiac fluoroscopy. The fatal outcome of untreated posttraumatic pseudoaneurysms indicates surgical treatment.