Cardiac tamponade is a recognised sequelae of non-penetrating and penetrating chest trauma. Delayed cardiac tamponade has been described following blunt chest trauma. We present a 29 year-old gentleman who had initially presented to peripheral district general hospital following direct blunt chest wall trauma. His initial trauma CT demonstrated a small mediastinal haematoma and large left haemopneumothorax and disruption/dislocation of the costal cartilage. He initially underwent a thoracoscopic procedure uneventfully. He then had worsening chest radiograph appearances with enlarging cardiac contours. Transthoracic echocardiography confirmed cardiac tamponade. He underwent creation of a pericardial window and excision of the protruding fourth costal cartilage.
- Cardiac tamponade
- Costal cartilage