Commotio cordis as a rare cause of traumatic cardiac arrest in motorbike crashes

Report of a case

Chun Chieh Yeh, Chi Hsun Hsieh, Yu Chun Wang, Ping Kuei Chung, Ray Jade Chen

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Abstract

It is futile to attempt resuscitation in a blunt injury patient with no vital signs upon arriving at the emergency department. Therefore, it is recommended that resuscitation be withheld in any blunt trauma patient without vital signs while emergency medical technicians arrive at the scene of the accident. This report presents a case of a blunt torso trauma patient who lost vital signs at the scene and still received cardiopulmonary resuscitation until recovery of spontaneous circulation at the emergency department. The patient was later diagnosed with commotio cordis, and survived to be discharged without any neurological sequelae. Therefore, aggressive resuscitation should be continued until a diagnosis and differential diagnosis of blunt trauma-related cardiac arrest are made by a thorough examination in the emergency department.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-372
Number of pages4
JournalSurgery Today
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Commotio Cordis
Off-Road Motor Vehicles
Heart Arrest
Vital Signs
Resuscitation
Hospital Emergency Service
Wounds and Injuries
Emergency Medical Technicians
Torso
Nonpenetrating Wounds
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Accidents
Differential Diagnosis

Keywords

  • Blunt torso trauma
  • Commotio cordis
  • Motorbike crash
  • Traumatic cardiac arrest

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  • Surgery

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Commotio cordis as a rare cause of traumatic cardiac arrest in motorbike crashes : Report of a case. / Yeh, Chun Chieh; Hsieh, Chi Hsun; Wang, Yu Chun; Chung, Ping Kuei; Chen, Ray Jade.

In: Surgery Today, Vol. 40, No. 4, 04.2010, p. 369-372.

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Yeh, Chun Chieh ; Hsieh, Chi Hsun ; Wang, Yu Chun ; Chung, Ping Kuei ; Chen, Ray Jade. / Commotio cordis as a rare cause of traumatic cardiac arrest in motorbike crashes : Report of a case. In: Surgery Today. 2010 ; Vol. 40, No. 4. pp. 369-372.
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