Fatal Left Ventricular Rupture and Pericardial Tamponade Following a Horse Kick to the Chest

Ebert, Lars C; Schön, Corinna A; Ruder, Thomas; Thali, Michael J; Hatch, Gary M (2012). Fatal Left Ventricular Rupture and Pericardial Tamponade Following a Horse Kick to the Chest. American journal of forensic medicine & pathology, 33(2), pp. 167-9. Hagerstown, Md.: Wolters Kluwer Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 10.1097/PAF.0b013e3181efbc24

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ABSTRACT: Horse kicks are rare incidents-especially, if they end in fatality. In this case, a 13-year-old girl collapsed 3 minutes after sustaining a kick to the chest from a pony. Resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful. Postmortem computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging were performed before autopsy.Imaging revealed a 3-cm long laceration of the left ventricle and a large pericardial effusion. Using segmentation techniques, the amount of blood inside the pericardium was determined. These findings correlated well with the autopsy findings. Pericardial tamponade was determined at autopsy to be the cause of death.Postmortem imaging may prove useful for the diagnosis of these types of injury, but further studies are needed to document accuracy.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Imaging
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Ebert, Lars Christian; Schön, Corinna; Ruder, Thomas; Thali, Michael and Hatch, Gary

ISSN:

0195-7910

Publisher:

Wolters Kluwer Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:10

Last Modified:

17 Jul 2014 13:41

Publisher DOI:

10.1097/PAF.0b013e3181efbc24

PubMed ID:

20683241

Web of Science ID:

000304095400016

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/1675 (FactScience: 203538)

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