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Retrosternal haematoma presenting as cardiac tamponade in a blunt trauma patient
  1. Y-C Cheng1,
  2. J-W Huang2,
  3. W-C Lee1,
  4. L-G Kuo1,
  5. T-Y Lin1,
  6. M-C P Shih3
  1. 1
    Department of Emergency Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  2. 2
    Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  3. 3
    Department of Medical Imaging, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  1. Dr M-C P Shih, Department of Medical Imaging, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, 100 Tzyou 1st Road, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan; 960090{at}ms.kmuh.org.tw

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A 36-year-old woman presented to the emergency department after being involved in a devastating car accident. A computed tomography (CT) scan after primary resuscitation showed lacerated liver and focal blood accumulation above the assumed haemopericardium effusion (fig 1A). Emergent laparotomy for bleeding control was performed. Only sanguineous …

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