Intra-Aortic Missile After Gunshot Wound to Chest: An Interesting Case of Traumatic Cardiac Injury

Charles D. Fraser, Lee Goeddel, Nishant D. Patel, Said C. Azoury, Joshua C. Grimm, Rosanne B. Sheinberg, Christopher M. Sciortino

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Abstract

Missile embolus to the heart, although uncommon, is one of the most challenging scenarios in trauma. We describe a 36-year-old man who presented with a gunshot wound to the left chest and a chest x-ray revealing a foreign body in the mediastinum. A median sternotomy was performed and an injury to the left ventricle was identified. After intraoperative echocardiography and fluoroscopy confirmed a foreign body in the aortic root, cardiopulmonary bypass was implemented. A bullet was retrieved from the noncoronary sinus of the aortic valve. Injuries to the anterior leaflet of the mitral valve and left ventricle were repaired.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e441-e442
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume103
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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