Cardiovascular manifestations of a rare survivor

Mark S. Link, Sally H. Ginsburg, Paul J. Wang, James B. Kirchhoffer, Charles I. Berul, N. A.Mark Estes, Yvonne M. Paris

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Death due to low-energy chest wall trauma, commotio cordis, may occur in young athletes. Death is sudden and usually refractory to even immediate resuscitation efforts. Herein are described the clinical, angiographic, and hemodynamic data of a rare survivor. These observations suggest that commotio cordis not only may be secondary to ventricular fibrillation, but also may be associated with coronary vasospasm or segmental changes in myocardial contractility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)326-328
Number of pages3
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998


  • Sports injuries
  • Sudden death
  • Ventricular fibrillation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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    Link, M. S., Ginsburg, S. H., Wang, P. J., Kirchhoffer, J. B., Berul, C. I., Estes, N. A. M., & Paris, Y. M. (1998). Cardiovascular manifestations of a rare survivor. CHEST, 114(1), 326-328.