Trauma-induced conduction disturbances

Mohamad Soud, Abdulah Alrifai, Amjad Kabach, Zaher Fanari, M. Chadi Alraies

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Background: Electrical disturbances following blunt cardiac injuries are rare but can be caused by electrical or structural damage to the heart. We present the case of a patient who had conduction abnormalities following blunt traumatic injury that were incidentally detected on telemetry. Case Report: A 64-year-old female with no history of cardiac disease was brought to the emergency department after a motor vehicle collision that resulted in chest wall bruising. The patient was found to have L-spine fractures and was admitted for observation. During her hospitalization, the patient had multiple episodes of heart block. A temporary pacemaker was inserted because of the recurrent episodes, and a dual-chamber permanent pacemaker was placed on day 4 of her hospitalization. Conclusion: Heart block as a consequence of blunt cardiac injury is rare; however, it needs to be recognized as early as possible. Permanent pacemaker placement is usually indicated for patients with prolonged or recurrent episodes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-279
Number of pages3
JournalOchsner Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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