Blunt cardiac injury

Crit Care Clin. 2004 Jan;20(1):57-70. doi: 10.1016/s0749-0704(03)00092-7.


In summary, the incidence of BCI following blunt thoracic trauma patients has been reported between 20% and 76%, and no gold standard exists to diagnose BCI. Diagnostic tests should be limited to identify those patients who are at risk of developing cardiac complications as a result of BCI. Therapeutic interventions should be directed to treat the complications of BCI. Finally, the prognosis and outcome of BCI patients is encouraging

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrocardiography
  • Heart Function Tests
  • Heart Injuries* / classification
  • Heart Injuries* / diagnosis
  • Heart Injuries* / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating* / classification
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating* / diagnosis
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating* / epidemiology