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Deceleration Trauma to the Heart and Great Vessels after Road-traffic Accidents

Br Med J 1970; 2 doi: (Published 27 June 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;2:767
  1. M. J. Goggin,
  2. F. D. Thompson,
  3. J. W. Jackson


    Four young men involved in high-speed car crashes developed cardiovascular trauma. Two patients had aortic aneurysms, one rupture of the mitral valve, and one ventricular septal defect; successful surgical correction was undertaken in all. The importance of considering the possibility of cardiovascular trauma in these circumstances is emphasized, and x-ray films (repeated if necessary) should be taken even when there are no external signs of trauma.