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Dent in the chest at the site of bang, breathing trouble, suspicion of leakage in sack around heart. Surgery required?

My son was hit in his chest right above his heart with a lacrosse ball during a game tonight . He has in indent wEre the ball is and a nice red welt where the ball hit him . He was having trouble breathing so we went to the hospital . His heart rate is not normal and now they say that the sack around his heart is filled with fluid and might be leaking . He is 20 and plays collage lacrosse . Does this require surgery ?
Asked On : Thu, 26 Jul 2012
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Dear patient,

Sometimes a blow to the heart can cause inflammation of the sac around the heart called pericarditis, with pericardial fluid accumulating; if there is progressive accumulation of fluid or the patients blood pressure and pulse start deteriorating, usually we do a procedure with a needle to remove the fluid around the heart, and leave a little drain to prevent reaccumulation; rarely, if this is not effective removing the fluid then a surgical procedure could be needed.

Yours truly,

Dr Brenes-Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic MN
Answered: Wed, 17 Jul 2013
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