Selective management of embolized intracardiac missiles

Sanjiv K. Gandhi, Boyd C. Marts, Bhargav M. Mistry, John W. Brown, Rodney M. Durham, John E. Mazuski

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Intracardiac projectiles are occasionally found in stable patients who have sustained penetrating trauma. These missiles may arise from embolization from a peripheral injury site. We describe 3 patients with embolized intracardiac projectiles. The diagnosis was suggested by the presence of a foreign body within the cardiac silhouette on chest roentgenograms and was confirmed using fluoroscopy, echocardiography, or computed tomography. The management of embolized intracardiac missiles should be individualized to each patient. All of our patients had fixed intracavitary right-sided missiles and were successfully managed expectantly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-292
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1996


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