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J Cardiovasc Ultrasound. 2011 Mar;19(1):41-44. English. Case Report.
Jin HY , Jang JS , Seo JS , Yang TH , Kim DK , Kim DK , Kim U , Seol SH , Kim DI , Kim DS .
Department of Internal Medicine, Inje University College of Medicine, Pusan Paik Hospital, Busan, Korea.
Department of Internal Medicine, Inje University College of Medicine, Haeundae Paik Hospital, Busan, Korea.

Traumatic tricuspid regurgitation is a rare complication of blunt chest trauma. With the increase in the number of automobile accidents, traumatic tricuspid regurgitation has become an important problem after blunt chest trauma. It has been reported more frequently because of better diagnostic procedures and a better understanding of the pathology. The early diagnosis of traumatic tricuspid regurgitation is important because traumatic tricuspid injury could be effectively corrected with reparative techniques, early operation is considered to relieve symptoms and to prevent right ventricular dysfunction. Echocardiography can reveal the cause and severity of regurgitation. We experienced a case of tricuspid regurgitation after blunt chest trauma early diagnosis and valve repair were performed. This case reminds the physicians in the emergency department should be aware of this potential complication following non-penetrating chest trauma and echocardiography is useful and should play an early role.

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