A Very Unusual Case of Mediastinal Impalement Injury.


H Hosseinnejad 1 , M Vaziri 2 , *

1 Cardiac Surgeon, Milad Hospital, Tehran, Iran,

2 Associate Professor, Section of Thoracic Surgery, Hazrat Rasool Hospital, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Theran, Iran.

How to Cite: Hosseinnejad H, Vaziri M. A Very Unusual Case of Mediastinal Impalement Injury., Shiraz E-Med J. Online ahead of Print ; 10(1):42-5.


Shiraz E-Medical Journal: 10 (1); 42-5
Published Online: January 1, 2008
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 12, 2007
Accepted: August 16, 2008


Abstract: Mediastinal impalement is a very uncommon and often fatal injury and one of the most severe types of penetrating chest injuries. Patients with this type of injury always undergo operative intervention regardless of the hemodynamic state or associated injury and only a few cases have been reported in which the patient recovered without any sequel. We present a previously unreported case of mediastinal impalement injury in which a 20-cm long stab was entered through the manubrium and remained within the anterior mediastinum with no cardiac, great vessel or hilar injury. The patient remained hemodynamically stable and the foreign body which had penetrated the pericardium and been stopped near the pulmonary artery was extracted via sternotomy incision. Follow-up of the patient for about 9 months revealed no complication or reidual effect of his accident.

Full Text

Full text is available in PDF

© 2008, Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits copy and redistribute the material just in noncommercial usages, provided the original work is properly cited.