'Rib betrays heart'-A case report

B. Suresh Kumar Shetty, Y. P.Raghavendra Babu, K. S.Muhammed Sameer, Preetham Raj Salian, Mahabalesh Shetty, Shahnavaz Manipady, K. Pradyumna Majumdar

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Penetrating or stab injuries of the chest are not uncommon and could be accidental, suicidal or homicidal. However, the present case discusses the importance of a careful examination of an unusual presentation in a motor vehicle accident. The case presented with haemopericardium and haemothorax due to penetrating rib injury to the heart, subsequent to blunt force trauma on the posterior chest wall. This case is highlighted, so that it becomes a necessary tool for the forensic experts to have an unprejudiced approach at autopsy and come to a reasonable conclusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-141
Number of pages3
JournalLegal Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-05-2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects


Dive into the research topics of ''Rib betrays heart'-A case report'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this