Noninvasive preoperative localization of an intracardiac bullet

Int J Cardiol. 1991 Dec;33(3):427-9. doi: 10.1016/0167-5273(91)90073-x.


A 40-year-old patient with intracardiac gunshot injury is reported. The bullet was localized preoperatively within the pericardium at the junction of the right atrium and the inferior caval vein and was removed successfully at surgery. The role of various imaging techniques in the preoperative localization of intracardiac missiles is discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Gravitation
  • Heart Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Heart Injuries / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Posture
  • Preoperative Care*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Ultrasonography
  • Wounds, Gunshot / diagnostic imaging*
  • Wounds, Gunshot / surgery