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Title: Back trauma resulting in commotio cordis
Authors: Bugeja, Justine
Dimech, Thea
Borg, Charles
Meilak, Samuel
Sammut, Matthew
Grech, Victor E.
Keywords: Sports injuries
Ventricular tachycardia
Heart block
Thoracic vertebrae -- Wounds and injuries
Issue Date: 2018-04
Publisher: Images in Paediatric Cardiology
Citation: Bugeja, J., Dimech, T., Borg, C., Meilak, S., Sammut, M., & Grech, V. (2018). Back trauma resulting in commotio cordis. Images in Paediatric Cardiology, 20(2), 5-6.
Abstract: Commotio cordis (Latin: "agitation of the heart") is a dysrhythmia provoked by praecordial trauma during the early part of cardiac repolarisation. Recorded rhythms include ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation, bradyarrhythmias, idioventricular rhythm, complete heart block and asystole. The quoted fatality rate is 65% even with prompt CPR and defibrillation, and exceeds 80% in the absence of such interventions. Above a certain threshold of trauma/impact, structural cardiac damage may also occur (contusio cordis).
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