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Case Report: Penetrating Cardiac Injury Secondary to a Terrorism-Related Nail Bomb Explosion

  • Yasufumi Asai (a1), Masashi Yoshida (a2), Yoshihiko Kurimoto (a2) and Jeffrey L. Arnold (a3)


Penetrating cardiac injuries commonly occur secondary to gunshot or stab wounds. This is a report an unusual case of a patient who sustained a penetrating cardiac injury due to a nail from a terrorism-related, nail-bomb explosion. Associated problems included pericardial tamponade, penetrating cardiac injuries, acute, traumatic, myocardial infarction, and a penetrating lung injury. Prompt diagnosis and aggressive surgical intervention resulted in full recovery of the patient.


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Department of Traumatology and Critical Care Medicine, Sapporo Medical University, E-mail:


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