Journal of Medical Ultrasonics

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 159–162 | Cite as

Delayed hemopericardium due to non-penetrating chest trauma: a report of new case and literature review

  • Toshimitsu TsuguEmail author
  • Yuji Nagatomo
  • Tomohiko Tanigawa
  • Jin Endo
  • Yuji Itabashi
  • Mitsushige Murata
  • Hideo Mitamura
Case Report


To our knowledge, only 15 cases of delayed traumatic hemopericardium resulting from non-penetrating chest trauma have been reported. We present the case of a 63-year-old man with delayed hemopericardium, 2 months after striking the anterior chest on a mailbox when he fell down three steps during a postal delivery. Our case and review of the previously reported cases suggest that some cases might show quite slow progression of blood accumulation. Therefore, careful observation of patients who have experienced blunt trauma of the anterior chest is necessary.


Trauma Blunt Injury Cardiac tamponade Hemorrhagic pericardial effusion 


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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no competing financial interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CardiologyFederation of National Public Service Personnel Mutual Aid Association Tachikawa HospitalTachikawaJapan
  2. 2.Department of CardiologyNational Defense Medical College HospitalTokorozawaJapan
  3. 3.Department of Cardiology, School of MedicineKeio UniversityTokyoJapan
  4. 4.Center for Preventive Medicine, School of MedicineKeio UniversityTokyoJapan

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