Delayed Presentation of Traumatic Pericardial Rupture: Diagnostic and Surgical Considerations for Treatment
Traumatic pericardial rupture is a rare event with high mortality. We present the case of a 15-year-old boy who sustained thoracic and abdominal trauma secondary to motor vehicle collision, with a delayed diagnosis of traumatic pericardial rupture with cardiac herniation. Out of concern for torsion and hemodynamic collapse, surgical repair was advised. We have developed a novel surgical approach to this rare condition, utilizing a combination of thoracoscopic and open surgical techniques. The guiding principles of our repair include the utilization of fenestrated pieces of bovine pericardium to create a tension free repair, minimizing the likelihood of pericardial effusion, and returning the cardiac mass to normal anatomic position.
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