Penetrating Cardiac Injuries

  • Stewart Worrell
  • Riyad Karmy-Jones


Although indications for emergency thoracotomy and techniques of managing cardiovascular trauma have been discussed in previous chapters, this topic deserves special emphasis. The incidence of penetrating trauma to the heart varies between centers, but overall affects 0.5% of patients admitted after penetrating injury. Survival is linked to rapidity of pre-hospital transport, immediate recognition of the injury, and rapid operative intervention.


Left Anterior Descend Ventricular Septal Defect Ventricular Septal Defect Cardiac Injury Constrictive Pericarditis 
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  • Stewart Worrell
  • Riyad Karmy-Jones

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