Management of asymptomatic intracardiac missiles using echocardiography

Robert J. Robison, John W. Brown, Randall Caldwell, Kenneth S. Stone, Harold King

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A child sustained a low-velocity airgun pellet injury to the left ventricle. No cardiovascular compromise was produced. The foreign body was localized by two-dimensional echocardiography to the left ventricular chamber near the mitral valve, and subsequently removed through a left atriotomy incision. In asymptomatic patients, missiles clearly embedded within a chamber wall may be observed; all others should be removed. Two-dimensional echocardiography is recommended for localization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1402-1403
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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