Left ventricle rupture in a truck driver caused by a tire explosion

Nan Sung Chou, Chih Chen Chen, Sen Shan Lin, How-Ran Guo

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A case of left ventricle rupture caused by tire explosion is reported because it seems to be unique in literature. A 37-year-old male truck driver was injured in the chest-upper-abdomen level of his body by an exploding tire; the event resulted in him losing consciousness at the scene. An echocardiogram performed 30 min later after arrival at the emergency room showed a small left ventricle, a dilated left atrium, mild mitral regurgitation, and a large amount of pericardial effusion. There was no evidence of heart rupture at this point. The patient became agitated and was put under the tranquilizer control. It was then arranged for him to receive computed tomography of the brain and abdominal ultrasound. During these evaluations, the patient began to have episodes of hypotension despite adequate volume resuscitation. Therefore, he was taken to the operating room, where sternotomy and cardiorrhaphy (without cardiopulmonary bypass) was performed. Direct suturing of the damage to the heart was carried out. The patient recovered uneventfully after the operation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-28
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Acute Medicine
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 1

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Explosions
Motor Vehicles
Heart Ventricles
Rupture
Heart Rupture
Sternotomy
Pericardial Effusion
Mitral Valve Insufficiency
Operating Rooms
Heart Atria
Consciousness
Cardiopulmonary Bypass
Resuscitation
Abdomen
Hypotension
Hospital Emergency Service
Thorax
Tomography
Brain

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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Chou, Nan Sung ; Chen, Chih Chen ; Lin, Sen Shan ; Guo, How-Ran. / Left ventricle rupture in a truck driver caused by a tire explosion. In: Journal of Acute Medicine. 2012 ; Vol. 2, No. 1. pp. 26-28.
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In: Journal of Acute Medicine, Vol. 2, No. 1, 01.01.2012, p. 26-28.

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