Impalement Injury to The Heart

  • S Pradhan Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Man Mohan Center for Cardio-Thoracic, Vascular & Transplant Surgery, Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu
  • R Sapkota Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Man Mohan Center for Cardio-Thoracic, Vascular & Transplant Surgery, Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu
  • U K Shrestha Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Man Mohan Center for Cardio-Thoracic, Vascular & Transplant Surgery, Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu
  • R Amatya Department of Anesthesiology, Man Mohan Center for Cardio-Thoracic, Vascular & Transplant Surgery, Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu
  • B Koirala Department of Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Man Mohan Center for Cardio-Thoracic, Vascular & Transplant Surgery, Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu
Keywords: Impalement injury, Penetrating cardiac injury, Cardiac injury, Cardiac impalement

Abstract

Cardiac impalement injury is rare and one of the most severe penetrating chest injuries, often fatal. The management of penetrating cardiac injuries is a challenging one. The success in management of impaling cardiac trauma requires stabilization of the impaling object, expeditious transfer to a facility for open heart surgery, rapid imaging, access to blood and blood products and a ready surgical team. We report a case of impalement injury to the heart by a stick, transfixing the right ventricle and its successful treatment.

http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/kumj.v9i1.6270

Kathmandu Univ Med J 2011;9(1):80-2

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2012-06-07
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Pradhan, S., Sapkota, R., Shrestha, U., Amatya, R., & Koirala, B. (2012). Impalement Injury to The Heart. Kathmandu University Medical Journal, 9(1), 80-82. https://doi.org/10.3126/kumj.v9i1.6270
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