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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 790-793

The journey of harmless bullet: The perioperative care of penetrating cardiac injury


Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, IL, USA

Correspondence Address:
Ahmad Abou-Leila
415 Howard Street, Evanston, IL 60202
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0259-1162.194578

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Traumatic injuries to the heart contribute significantly to trauma are associated with high mortality. Cardiac gunshot wounds (GSW) are considered more lethal compared to other injuries and present several unique challenges to the anesthesia management and perioperative care. We are reporting a rare case of a trauma victim who survived a GSW to the heart. We will discuss the perioperative care of penetrating cardiac injuries, the role of the anesthesia team in resuscitation, safe anesthesia induction, cardiopulmonary bypass management, and the essential role of intraoperative transesophageal echocardiogram imaging.


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