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RETROSPECTIVE ANALYSIS OF THE PATIENTS WITH PENETRATING CARDIAC TRAUMA [Ulus Travma Acil Cerrahi Derg]
Ulus Travma Acil Cerrahi Derg. 2003; 9(2): 124-128

RETROSPECTIVE ANALYSIS OF THE PATIENTS WITH PENETRATING CARDIAC TRAUMA

Soykan Arıkan, Ahmet Fikret Yücel, Ahmet Kocakuşak, Yıldıray Dadük, Gökhan Adaş, Mehmet Ali Önal
Haseki Eğitim Ve Araştırma Hastanesi, L. Cerrahi Kliniği, Haseki, İstanbul, Turkey

Background: Penetrating cardiac stab wounds are among rarely seen traumas, associated with high mortality. We aimed to present and investigate our experience in such cases.
Methods: Eighteen cases with penetrating cardiac stab wounds, between 1993-2001, were investigated retrospectively.
Gender, age, conditions at application, injured areas, extent of cardiac damage, accompanying organ damages and outcomes of these patients were studied.
Results: All patients were male with a mean age of 25.38 years (between 16-42 years). Heart was the only affected organ in nine 9 patients, whereas there were additional organ injuries in the remaining patients. The injuries were at left ventricle in 11, right ventricle in 4 and right atrium in three patients. Only two patients survived among 14 patients who developed cardiac arrest. There was additional organ damage in three of the six survivors.
Conclusion: The overall mortality was 66%. Suspect of cardiac injury should be considered in patients who are injured close around cardiac area and one should intervene quickly both in diagnosis and treatment.

Keywords: Cardiac, injury, penetrating, stab wounds.

PENETRAN KARDİYAK TRAVMALI HASTALARIN RETROSPEKTİF ANALİZİ

Soykan Arıkan, Ahmet Fikret Yücel, Ahmet Kocakuşak, Yıldıray Dadük, Gökhan Adaş, Mehmet Ali Önal
Haseki Eğitim Ve Araştırma Hastanesi, L. Cerrahi Kliniği, Haseki, İstanbul, Turkey


Soykan Arıkan, Ahmet Fikret Yücel, Ahmet Kocakuşak, Yıldıray Dadük, Gökhan Adaş, Mehmet Ali Önal. RETROSPECTIVE ANALYSIS OF THE PATIENTS WITH PENETRATING CARDIAC TRAUMA. Ulus Travma Acil Cerrahi Derg. 2003; 9(2): 124-128

Corresponding Author: Soykan Arıkan, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: Turkish