Painful Lower Back Contusion

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Alternative Names

Blunt myocardial injury


Symptoms

A severe myocardial contusion may lead to signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

Pain in the breastbone (sternum) or front of the ribs alerts the physician that there may have been an injury. There may also be a feeling that your heart is racing.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Light-headedness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness

Signs and tests

Physical exams may show:

  • Bruises (contusions) or scrapes (abrasions) of the chest wall
  • Crunching sensation...
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