General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

, Volume 65, Issue 11, pp 646–649 | Cite as

Rupture of the right upper pulmonary vein and left atrium caused by blunt chest trauma

Case Report


A 49-year-old man was transferred to our hospital by ambulance due to blunt chest trauma sustained in a car accident. Echocardiography and enhanced computed tomography showed hemopericardium without other vital organ damage. Emergent surgery was performed under strong suspicion of traumatic cardiac rupture. Careful inspection showed a rupture of the right upper pulmonary vein at the junction of the left atrium, a laceration of the inferior vena cava, and a left-side pericardium rupture, and they were repaired with running 4-0 polypropylene suture. Postoperative hemodynamics were stable. The patient was discharged ambulatory on postoperative day 15.


Blunt chest trauma Pulmonary vein Rupture Cardiac rupture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cardiovascular SurgeryIbaraki Seinan Medical Center HospitalIbarakiJapan

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