Acute Traumatic Right to Left Cardiac Shunt

Ahmed Oliemy, Balakrishnan Mahesh, Vivek Pathi

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Cardiac injuries after penetrating chest trauma are uncommon but potentially life threatening; these injuries can remain occult during the early stage because of the cardiac reserve of youthful physiology and may present at a later stage as the initial damage progresses or compensatory mechanisms fail. We report a case of unusual penetrating cardiac trauma from a posterior intercostal stab wound that affected both the interatrial septum and the tricuspid valve, leading to a stormy presentation as a result of the development of an acute right-to-left shunt followed by a successful surgical repair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e303-e304
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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