ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
TURKISH JOURNAL OF
THORACIC AND
CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
PENETRATING CARDIAC INJURIES
Alptekin YASIM, Kutay TAŞDEMİR, Cemal KAHRAMAN, Naci EMİROĞULLARI, Hakan CEYRAN
Erciyes Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Göğüs Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi, KAYSERİ
Objective of this study is to assess the characteristics of penetrating heart injuries that progressively increasing in society and to evaluate the factors influencing mortality. To obtain this, we reviewed 37 cases suffering from penetrating heart wounds that admitted to Erciyes University Medical Faculty, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Department between 1987 to 1998 retrospectively. 30 of them were male and rest were female, age ranged from 12 to 56 years (mean was 23.1 years). 35 cases had stab on on admittion were underwent to rapid resuscitation and emergency surgery. Mortality rate was 8,1 % with 3 cases. No late complication was observed during follow-up. In conclution, most importance factor effecting mortality rate is clinical condition of patients. Rapid transport and emergancy resuscitative operation applied by well trained specialists decreases mortality rate.
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