Traumatic ventricular septal defect: characterization with electrocardiogram-gated cardiac computed tomography angiography

J Thorac Imaging. 2012 Nov;27(6):W174-6. doi: 10.1097/RTI.0b013e31823c3ea5.


Ventricular septal defects as a result of blunt trauma to the chest have not been frequently reported in the literature. In addition, the majority of these cases have been imaged with echocardiography alone. We report a case in which a ventricular septal defect caused by blunt chest trauma was characterized with electrocardiogram-gated computed tomography angiography. A review of the current literature and theories of injury mechanism are also provided.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Angiography / methods
  • Contrast Media
  • Echocardiography / methods*
  • Heart Septal Defects, Ventricular / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radiographic Image Enhancement / methods
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*
  • Ventricular Septum / injuries*
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / diagnostic imaging*


  • Contrast Media