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Myocardial contusion injury: redefining the diagnostic algorithm
  1. M K Bansal,
  2. S Maraj,
  3. D Chewaproug,
  4. A Amanullah
  1. Echocardiography Laboratory, Division of Cardiology, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr M K Bansal
 Albert Einstein Medical Center, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, 5401 Old York Rd, HB #3, Philadelphia, PA 19141, USA;


Myocardial contusion injury (MCI) is a complication of blunt thoracic trauma, which may occur at relatively low velocities. MCI may also occur from chest compressions during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. We review the clinical pathology, diagnostic tools, and treatment for MCI.

  • CPK, creatinine phosphokinase
  • CPK-MB, creatinine phosphokinase myocardial band
  • cTnI, cardiac troponin I
  • MCI, myocardial contusion injury
  • TEE, transoesophageal echocardiography
  • TTE, transthoracic echocardiography
  • Diagnostic algorithm
  • echocardiography
  • myocardial contusion

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  • Competing interests: none declared