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Vol 44, No 3 (2012 Jul-Sep)
Case reports
Published online: 2012-10-22
Submitted: 2012-10-22
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Multiple organ failure after a fall from heights complicated by cardiac rupture and subacute cardiac tamponade

Małgorzata Mikaszewska-Sokolewicz, Paweł Zatorski, Tomasz Łazowski, Krzysztof Jankowski, Mariusz Piotrowski
Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2012;44(3):154-157.

open access

Vol 44, No 3 (2012 Jul-Sep)
Case reports
Published online: 2012-10-22
Submitted: 2012-10-22
Accepted: 2012-10-22

Abstract

Accidents and posttraumatic injuries are one of the most important health and social problems. Most of them require immediate medico-surgical intervention. Accidents are the leading cause of death among young people under age of 40. In 25% of cases they lead to disability. Fall from height causes inter alia blunt chest trauma, and internal organs contusion (e.g. heart and lungs), and may be fatal to substantial number of trauma victims. Excluding criminal injuries, this kind of trauma may occur during accidental fall or deliberate suicide attempt. Paper describes polytrauma victim who fell down from the eight floor (suicide attempt). Subacute pericardial tamponade, caused by cardiac wall rupture, occurred several hours after accident. The patient survived politrauma with severe cardiac injury complication thanks to effective multidisciplinary and multistage surgical treatment.

Abstract

Accidents and posttraumatic injuries are one of the most important health and social problems. Most of them require immediate medico-surgical intervention. Accidents are the leading cause of death among young people under age of 40. In 25% of cases they lead to disability. Fall from height causes inter alia blunt chest trauma, and internal organs contusion (e.g. heart and lungs), and may be fatal to substantial number of trauma victims. Excluding criminal injuries, this kind of trauma may occur during accidental fall or deliberate suicide attempt. Paper describes polytrauma victim who fell down from the eight floor (suicide attempt). Subacute pericardial tamponade, caused by cardiac wall rupture, occurred several hours after accident. The patient survived politrauma with severe cardiac injury complication thanks to effective multidisciplinary and multistage surgical treatment.

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Keywords

multiple organ failure, fall from heights; multiple organ failure, thoracic contusion, blunt cardiac injury; thoracic contusion, pericardial tamponade

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Title

Multiple organ failure after a fall from heights complicated by cardiac rupture and subacute cardiac tamponade

Journal

Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy

Issue

Vol 44, No 3 (2012 Jul-Sep)

Pages

154-157

Published online

2012-10-22

Bibliographic record

Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2012;44(3):154-157.

Keywords

multiple organ failure
fall from heights
multiple organ failure
thoracic contusion
blunt cardiac injury
thoracic contusion
pericardial tamponade

Authors

Małgorzata Mikaszewska-Sokolewicz
Paweł Zatorski
Tomasz Łazowski
Krzysztof Jankowski
Mariusz Piotrowski

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