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February 14, 1986

Blunt Cardiac Trauma Resulting in Right Atrial Rupture

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus. Dr Steinberg is now with the Department of Surgery, State University of New York at Buffalo.

JAMA. 1986;255(6):761-763. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370060075022

Between 50,000 and 60,000 persons in the United States die each year as a result of motor vehicle accidents. It is estimated that myocardial rupture occurs in 10% to 15% of victims of fatal accidents. We recently cared for five patients with atrial rupture in the Columbus, Ohio, metropolitan area, and this experience has prompted this report.

(JAMA 1986;255:761-763)