Penetrating Cardiac Injury by a Nail-Gun: A Case Report

  • Zainab Abdualmurtafie Ibrahim University of Thi-Qar, College of Medicine, Thi-Qar, Iraq
  • Ahmed Abdulameer Daffar University of Thi-Qar, College of Medicine, Thi-Qar, Iraq
Keywords: Nail-gun, penetrating cardiac injury

Abstract

Nail-gun injuries are rare types of penetrating cardiac injuries with the right ventricle being the most common site for injury. However, occurrence of these injuries continuously rises due to the frequent utilization at the daily life setting with surgical intervention being the standard way of management, but there are patients with such type of injury who had been treated conservatively especially when the patient is hemodynamically stable and associated with mild hemopericardium. These types of injuries can occur either accidentally or self-inflicted as a suicidal attempt. We present a case of a young aged male patient who had been accidentally injured by an assumed unloaded nail gun to the anterior aspect of the chest to the left of sternum near the nipple.  

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Published
2022-08-31
Section
Articles