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2. Chest Trauma

Chest trauma that occurs in the thoracoabdominal or central chest area is the most common cause of cardiac tamponade. Examples of blunt trauma are chest and abdomen injury from a vehicular collision or a fall from a significant height. High-velocity cases include gunshot wounds, and low-velocity cases include stabbings.

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