Traumatic rupture of the pericardium with dislocation of the heart

Injury. 1984 Sep;16(2):123-5. doi: 10.1016/s0020-1383(84)80014-5.


Isolated rupture of the parietal pericardium with herniation of the heart may occur following closed injury of the chest. Such a case is presented here. Clinical suspicion should be aroused by the presence of low cardiac output with localizing signs of cardiac displacement. X-ray films of the chest may reveal important clues and provide an indication for cardiac angiography, which may be diagnostic.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Angiocardiography
  • Heart Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Hernia / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pericardium / injuries