Acute anterior myocardial infarction after being struck on the chest by a soccer ball

ALTEKİN R. E., ER A., OKTAY C., BAKTIR A. O., YANIKOĞLU A., Yalcinkaya A. S., ...More

HONG KONG JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE, vol.18, no.2, pp.120-124, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.120-124
  • Keywords: Balloon angioplasty, blunt chest trauma, coronary thrombosis, ARTERY-OCCLUSION, TRAUMA
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


Blunt chest wall trauma is one of the non-atherosclerotic causes of myocardial infarction. Motor vehicle accident is the most common cause of myocardial infarction followed by sports injuries. Myocardial infarction can occur due to traumatic coronary artery laceration with thrombus formation or dissection. Lethal complications may result if accompanying myocardial infarction is overlooked in patients whose chest pain is considered to be solely related to the localised blunt chest wall trauma by the physician and the patient. Here we present a case of acute anterior myocardial infarction secondary to a blunt chest trauma after being struck on the chest by a soccer ball during a recreational soccer game and review the current literature on the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic myocardial infarction. (Hong Kong 2011;18:120-124)