Imaging of cardiac herniation in traumatic pericardial rupture

Naiem Nassiri, Aaron Yu, Nicholas Statkus, Marc Gosselin

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Cardiac herniation as a result of traumatic pericardial rupture is a serious injury and a difficult diagnosis to make on radiographic studies. Even with the more advanced imaging modalities, this rare diagnosis remains challenging. In a high-energy traumatic setting, there are chest radiograph and multidetector computed tomography findings that are strongly suggestive of cardiac herniation. The imaging, along with greater awareness of this injury, may provide a more rapid diagnosis, thus potentially preventing the severe clinical deterioration often seen in these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-72
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of thoracic imaging
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Diagnosis of cardiac herniation
  • Pericardial rupture with cardiac herniation
  • Traumatic pericardial rupture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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