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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 113-119

Traumatic blunt cardiac injuries: An updated narrative review

1 Department of Surgery, Hamad General Hospital, Doha, Qatar
2 Department of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College; Department of Surgery, Clinical Research, Trauma and Vascular Surgery, Hamad General Hospital, Doha, Qatar
3 Department of Anesthesia, ElSahel Teaching Hospital, Cairo, Egypt
4 Department of Cardiology, Heart Hospital, Doha, Qatar

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ayman El-Menyar
Weill Cornell Medical School and Clinical Research, Trauma and Vascular Surgery, Hamad General Hospital, Doha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJCIIS.IJCIIS_29_19

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Blunt cardiac injury (BCI) is defined as injuries sustained due to blunt trauma to the heart, and it remains unchanged for long time. The spectrum of BCI ranges from a minor “bruise” to specific postcontusion cardiac conditions such as free-wall rupture. This is a narrative review provides a continued and updates details regarding BCIs from 2008 to 2017. For this purpose, a narrative review of literature was conducted using appropriate database for retrieval of articles through systematic search methodology. Autopsy-based studies are very limited. It can be concluded that regardless of the variability in the spectrum of modalities and medical/surgical resources, BCIs diagnosis and management remain a puzzle and needs further prospective studies.

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