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A shot through the heart.

A shot through the heart.
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Centola M, Salerno-Uriarte D, Toffetti L, Lucreziotti S, Sponzilli C, Moneta A, Donatelli F, Carugo S,


Centola M, Salerno-Uriarte D, Toffetti L, Lucreziotti S, Sponzilli C, Moneta A, Donatelli F, Carugo S, (click to view)

Centola M, Salerno-Uriarte D, Toffetti L, Lucreziotti S, Sponzilli C, Moneta A, Donatelli F, Carugo S,

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Journal of cardiovascular medicine (Hagerstown, Md.) 2017 10 11() doi 10.2459/JCM.0000000000000581
Abstract

: The case presented describes a very rare cause of ‘needle-like’ chest pain in a 52-year-old Egyptian man. A sharp 38-mm long needle was detected in the lateral wall of the right ventricle by means of cardiac computed tomography scan. After heart team discussion, the patient underwent minimally invasive cardiac surgery intervention. The needle was successfully removed though left minithoracotomy, and the patient was discharged home on the 5th day. The diagnosis of intracardiac foreign bodies may be challenging. The optimal treatment is still debated. Surgical or endovascular removal of penetrating cardiac foreign bodies should be carefully considered because of risk of potentially life-treating complications. The multidisciplinary team working should be encouraged to assess the balance of the risk/benefit ratio.

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