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Cardiac rupture occurs in about 10% of patients with fatal acute myocardial infarction.
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Transmural MI involving the posterobasal portion of the heart may lead to a structural failure, resulting in complex cardiac rupture, and in a few cases it may be associated with pseudoaneurysm formation.
We report a case of traumatic ventricular septal defect after a penetrating cardiac trauma causing pericardial tamponade and cardiac rupture.
Nonpenetrating trauma to the chest often results in injury to the heart, which may vary in severity from immediately fatal cardiac rupture to asymptomatic cardiac bruises.