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      Stab wounds of the heart: two new signs of pneumopericardium.

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      The British journal of radiology

      British Institute of Radiology

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          The diagnosis of a small traumatic pneumopericardium may be difficult and differentiation from a left medial pneumothorax or pneumomediastinum is important. Two new signs which only occur in pneumopericardium are described: the "transverse band of air" sign on the frontal radiograph representing air in the transverse sinus of the pericardium, and the "triangle of air" sign as noted on the lateral radiograph. If there is still doubt, a left-side-down decubitus radiograph will establish the diagnosis.

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          Journal
          Br J Radiol
          The British journal of radiology
          British Institute of Radiology
          0007-1285
          0007-1285
          Sep 1993
          : 66
          : 789
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Radiology, Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa.
          Article
          10.1259/0007-1285-66-789-794
          8220950

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