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Traumatic Ventricular Septal Defect: Characterization With Electrocardiogram-gated Cardiac Computed Tomography Angiography

Rojas, Carlos A. MD*; Cruite, Dana M. BS; Chung, Jonathan H. MD

doi: 10.1097/RTI.0b013e31823c3ea5
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Ventricular septal defects as a result of blunt trauma to the chest have not been frequently reported in the literature. In addition, the majority of these cases have been imaged with echocardiography alone. We report a case in which a ventricular septal defect caused by blunt chest trauma was characterized with electrocardiogram-gated computed tomography angiography. A review of the current literature and theories of injury mechanism are also provided.

*Radiology Department

University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, FL

Radiology Department, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO

Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: Dr Chung is currently receiving grants from Siemens AG (NJH-08-MI-01-LYNCH) and NIH (NIH5RO1 Hl095393-02), and is receiving royalties from Amirsys. The remaining authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Reprints: Carlos A. Rojas, MD, 5225 Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33611 (e-mail:

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.