[Management of penetrating cardiac injuries] Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Penetrating cardiac injury is often fatal. Patients present with a variety of clinical patterns, from a stable patient but with an insidious course, to those admitted with waning vital signs. In all cases prompt diagnosis and treatment are crucial. A series of 98 cases is presented, emphasizing the problems in diagnosing this condition and recommending the way such patients should be triaged and treated.

publication date

  • January 1, 1996