Emerg Med J 20:106-108 doi:10.1136/emj.20.1.106
  • Case report

Unusual presentation of atrial fibrillation

  1. P Muthu,
  2. G Oduro,
  3. M Sakr,
  4. D A Esberger
  1. Accident and Emergency Department, University Hospital Nottingham NHS Trust, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Mr P Muthu, Accident and Emergency Department, Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, London Road, Derby DE23 7WT, UK;
  • Accepted 1 March 2002


A case is reported of atrial fibrillation in a young healthy man after head injury and the possible causes are discussed. The atrial fibrillation reverted spontaneously to normal rhythm in two days. The authors are not aware of a similar report in the literature.


  • Conflicts of interest: none.

  • Funding: none.

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Among patients with minor TBI (GCS 13-15) getting CT scans ≥ 24 hours after injury, what proportion have a traumatic finding?


0.5% - 43% response rate
3% - 41% response rate
10% - 16% response rate

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