ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Sewing needle penetration into the heart in an infant
Hussein Elkhayat, Ahmed Nabil, Amr Ibrahim, Ahmed Elminshawy
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Assiut Univeristy Hospitals, Assiut, Egypt
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2013.5923
Sewing needle penetration into the heart is a rare occurrence. Clinical presentation and timing substantially affect the decision of surgeon and management approach. In this article, we report an 18-month case with a sewing needle penetration into the heart which was mistaken as foreign body aspiration showing migration. It should be kept in mind that sharp foreign objects can reach into the thoracic cavity through not only alimentary tract and airways, but also through externally penetrating trauma.
Keywords : Cardiac; foreign body; trauma, penetrating
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