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Journal of Trauma and Injury 2017;30(1):21-23.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20408/jti.2017.30.1.21    Published online March 31, 2017.
Penetrating Cardiac Injury and Traumatic Pericardial Effusion Caused by a Nail Gun
Willem Guillermo Calderon Miranda, Edgardo Jim?nez Fuentes, Nidia Escobar Hern?ndez, Luis Rafael Moscote Salazar, Paul M Parizel
1Departments of Radiology, Hospital General Dr. Manuel Gea Gonz?lez, National Autonomous University of Mexico. willem.calderon@hotmail.com
2Department of Radiology Thoracic Surgery, Hospital General Dr. Manuel Gea Gonz?lez, National Autonomous University of Mexico.
3RED LATINO, Latin American Trauma & Intensive Neuro-Care Organization, Bogot?, Colombia.
4Department of Radiology, Antwerp University Hospital, University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Received: 17 October 2016   • Revised: 24 October 2016   • Accepted: 30 December 2016
Penetrating cardiac injury caused by nail gun is an uncommon life-threatening condition characterized by a rapidly severe hemodynamic status compromise. We report non-contrast-enhanced CT findings of a right ventricle myocardium injury leading to a fluid collection in the pericardial space with the same attenuation as blood. The CT findings well depicted the pathological feature of a significant cardiac injury and may be helpful for the surgical management.
Key Words: Nail gun; Cardiac injury; Pericardial effusion; CT


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