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Right ventricular bullet embolectomy without cardiopulmonary bypass.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7019584     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Victims of gunshot wounds may be noted to have bullets overlying the cardiac silhouette on roentgenogram. Direct cardiac penetration, bullet embolus to the heart, and missile proximity to the heart are all possibilities which must be differentiated. An unusual case of bullet embolism is presented in which thoracotomy was initially performed to rule out direct cardiac penetration. At the time of exploration, an intracardiac bullet embolus was fortuitously palpated and trapped within the apex of the right ventricle. Right ventriculotomy and embolectomy without cardiopulmonary bypass were performed to prevent retrograde or distal migration.
J M Graham; K L Mattox
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery     Volume:  82     ISSN:  0022-5223     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg.     Publication Date:  1981 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-09-25     Completed Date:  1981-09-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376343     Medline TA:  J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  310-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Embolism / etiology*,  surgery
Foreign Bodies / diagnosis*
Foreign-Body Migration / diagnosis*
Heart Ventricles* / surgery
Wounds, Gunshot / complications*

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