Stab wound to the chest with acute pericardial tamponade.


A 21-year-old male presented to the trauma unit after he was stabbed once with a knife in the left anterior chest. The patient was awake and combative, very intoxicated, with a systolic blood pressure of 90 mmHg by palpation and a heart rate of 110 beats per min. Physical examination revealed distended neck veins, a single 1.5 cm stab wound to the left… (More)


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