Myocardial rupture

Background

  • Defects in atria, ventricles, or junctions of major vessels

Etiology

  • Myocardial infarction causes “softening” of myocardium[1]
    • Complication seen in 1.7% of MI patients
    • Typically 24-48h post-MI but can occur up to two weeks post-MI
    • Rupture in the setting of MI is nearly 100% fatal[2]
  • Blunt or penetrating cardiac trauma
    • Penetrating trauma tends to affect RV most often [3]
      • RV 43%
      • LV 23%
      • RA 13%
      • LA 11%
    • Pericardium only 10%
  • Iatrogenic
    • Pacer wire placement[5]
      • Tend to be small perforations
      • Tamponade and hemodynamic instability are rare

Clinical Features

Differential Diagnosis

Chest pain

Critical

Emergent

Nonemergent

Evaluation

  • Ultrasound
    • Pericardial effusion
    • Tamponade physiology (e.g. RV diastolic collapse)
    • Doppler interrogation across the mitral valve will demonstrate exaggerated respiratory variability of transvalvular flow (due to the phenomenon of ventricular interdependence)
  • ECG
    • Tachycardia (bradycardia is ominous finding)
    • Normal or low voltage
    • Electrical alternans
    • Low voltage QRS
  • CXR
    • Enlarged cardiac silhouette
  • Pulsus paradoxus
    • >10mmHg change in systolic BP on inspiration
  • Direct visualization on thoracotomy (if indicated)

Management

  • Pericardiocentesis in cases of tamponade
  • Thoracotomy in traumatic cases
    • Penetrating chest trauma with signs of life in the field
    • Blunt chest trauma with signs of life lost in ED
  • Definite treatment is emergency surgical repair

Disposition

  • Admit (likely directly to OR with cardiothoracic surgery)

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References

  1. Beck RC, et al. Fatal cardiac rupture among patients treated with thrombolytic agents and adjunctive thrombin antagonists. Thrombolysis. 1999; 33(2):479-487.
  2. Beck RC, et al. Fatal cardiac rupture among patients treated with thrombolytic agents and adjunctive thrombin antagonists. Thrombolysis. 1999; 33(2):479-487.
  3. Jin-mou Gao MD, et al. Penetrating cardiac wounds: Principles for surgical management. World Journal of Surgery. 2004; 28(10)1025-1029.
  4. Qizilbash AH and Schwartz CJ. False aneurysm of left ventricle due to perforation of mitral-aortic intervalvular fibrosa with rupture and cardiac tamponade: Rare complication of infective endocarditis. 1973; 32(1) :110-113.
  5. Trigano JA, et al. Heart perforation following transvenous implantation of a cardiac pacemaker. Presse Med. 1999; 28:836–40.