WJCS  Vol.4 No.5 , May 2014
Penetrating Trauma Resulting in Ventricular Septal Defect
ABSTRACT
Most ventricular septal defects (VSDs) are congenital. Acquired VSDs are generally due to myocardial infarction. An unusual case of VSD from penetrating trauma is described. In this case, the lack of a hemopericardium at presentation led the treatment team not to pursue cardiac pathology. Once the patient developed heart failure, the diagnosis of a VSD was made. Patients with penetrating chest wounds should undergo echocardiography, as such lesions may not be detected by physical examination or chest exploration.

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Juneau, D. , Hermann, D. and Wells, G. (2014) Penetrating Trauma Resulting in Ventricular Septal Defect. World Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, 4, 77-80. doi: 10.4236/wjcs.2014.45012.
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