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March 1992

Cardiac Rupture From Blunt Trauma With Atrial Septal Defect

Author Affiliations

Dr Baumgartel is in private practice in Loveland, Colo.

Arch Surg. 1992;127(3):347-348. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1992.01420030121023

• A review of the literature disclosed 63 survivors of cardiac chamber rupture from blunt trauma, with no mention of associated atrial septal defect. I treated a 17-year-old girl and a 33-year-old man who survived cardiac rupture from motor vehicle accidents, both of whom were discovered postoperatively on echocardiography to have atrial septal defects.

(Arch Surg. 1992;127:347-348)