Blunt traumatic pericardial rupture.

  title={Blunt traumatic pericardial rupture.},
  author={Adrian J Levine and Francis J Collins},
  journal={Journal of accident & emergency medicine},
  volume={12 1},
A 28-year-old man presented with left chest, head and limb injuries following a road traffic accident (RTA). Increasing haemodynamic instability necessitated an emergency left thoracotomy at which a complete rupture of the pericardium and herniation of the heart was found. After repair, the patient made an uneventful post-operative recovery. The aetiology, investigation and management of this rare injury is discussed.