Penetrating cardiac injuries

Juan A. Asensio, B. M. Stewart, J. Murray, A. H. Fox, A. Falabella, H. Gomez, A. Ortega, C. B. Fuller, M. D. Kerstein

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Penetrating cardiac injuries pose a tremendous challenge to any trauma surgeon. Time, sound judgment, aggressive intervention, and surgical technique are the most important factors contributing to positive outcomes. This article extensively reviews the history, surgical management, and techniques needed to deal with these critical injuries. This year commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of the first successful repair of a cardiac injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)685-724
Number of pages40
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery

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Asensio, J. A., Stewart, B. M., Murray, J., Fox, A. H., Falabella, A., Gomez, H., ... Kerstein, M. D. (1996). Penetrating cardiac injuries. Surgical Clinics of North America, 76(4), 685-724.