myocardial contusion

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myocardial contusion

A bruise of the myocardium caused by blunt chest trauma, due to an RTA/MVA or fall from a height.

Diagnosis
EKG/ECG, echocardiography, cardiac enzymes, coronary angiography or 201Tl myocardial perfusion single-photon emission tomography (SPECT) have been used to localise the injured myocardial walls; more recently, 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG PET).

myocardial contusion

Cardiology A bruise of the myocardium caused by blunt trauma to the chest

myocardial contusion

Cardiac injury from blunt or penetrating trauma to the chest. It is an occasional cause of cardiac arrhythmia and a rare cause of rupture of the heart.
See also: contusion
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It concluded by saying the injuries happened due to a "collision with a solid body", which caused the heart to stop as a result of "injuries to the chest, stomach, and neck leading to fractures, lung and heart contusion, as well as bleeding in the testicles".