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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care|
|State||Published - Sep 1988|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine