Penetrating Cardiac Injury

Initial Imaging Evaluation of a Patient with Penetrating Cardiac Injury

Penetrating cardiac injury is frequently lethal. Reported mortality rates vary from 3% to 84% depending on whether “prehospital” mortality is included . In patients who reach the hospital, a lower survival rate for those with firearm injuries (33%) than for those with stab wounds (65%) has been described . In one recent large study, improvement…