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Major mediastinal injury from crossbow bolt

Authors
Journal
The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
0003-4975
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
72
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0003-4975(01)02584-x
Keywords
  • Case Report
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract We treated a 26-year-old male who sustained a self-inflicted injury to the mediastinum with a crossbow bolt. Injuries involved penetration of the sternum 1 cm below the sternomanubrial joint, right lung, pericardium, ascending aorta, right pulmonary artery, esophagus, and azygos vein. He was treated successfully with cardiopulmonary bypass and hypothermia. Exposure was achieved with a combination of a sternotomy and right thoracotomy.

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