Impalement Injury to The Heart
Keywords:Impalement injury, Penetrating cardiac injury, Cardiac injury, Cardiac impalement
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.
Kathmandu Univ Med J 2011;9(1):80-2