Ann Pediatr Cardiol. 2014 Jan-Apr; 7(1): 41–44.


A traumatic ventricular septal defect (VSD) resulting from blunt chest injury is a very rare event in children. The clinical symptoms and timing of presentation are variable, so diagnosis and management of traumatic VSD may be challenging. Decision to close the traumatic VSD is usually based on a combination of severity of heart failure symptoms, hemodynamics, and defect size. We present a case of a 7-year-old boy who was run over by a truck and presented with head and liver injury initially. He was subsequently found to have a traumatic VSD. The VSD was closed percutaneously.

Keywords: Chest trauma, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, traumatic ventricular septal defect, transcatheter device closure

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