Ventricular septal defect secondary to a unique mechanism of blunt trauma: A case report

Academic Article


  • We report the case of an adolescent boy who had progressive respiratory distress and cardiovascular compromise after striking his chest against his bicycle handlebars. An echocardiogram in the emergency department revealed a large ventricular septal defect. The boy did well after emergent operative repair and subsequent replacement of a torn tricuspid valve. The characteristics of ventricular septal defects from blunt trauma are briefly discussed. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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  • Pruitt CM; Titus MO
  • Start Page

  • 31
  • End Page

  • 32
  • Volume

  • 23
  • Issue

  • 1