TITLE

Transfemoral Extraction of an Intracardiac Bullet Embolus

AUTHOR(S)
Best, Irwin M.
PUB. DATE
April 2001
SOURCE
American Surgeon;Apr2001, Vol. 67 Issue 4, p361
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Missiles may reach the heart via direct penetration of the thoracic cavity or indirectly by means of the venous circulation. Often the hemodynamic stability of the patient dictates the approach that is used not only to retrieve the projectile but also to repair associated life-threatening injuries. The case of a 40-year-old man with an intracardiac missile after a gunshot wound to the right gluteal area is presented along with the transfemoral technique used to recover an intracardiac projectile. This approach may be used instead of thoracotomy for missile extraction in stable patients.
ACCESSION #
5181325

 

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