Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Bruised Heart Underlying Cause

The most common cause of myocardial contusion is a motor vehicle accident.

Additional causes of myocardial contusion include:

  • Falls
  • Sports injuries
  • Occupational injuries
  • Blast injuries

Myocardial contusions are often associated with other chest injuries.

Additional chest injuries that occur with myocardial contusion include:

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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