Plastic bullet arterial embolization following gunshot injury to the heart. Case report and review of the literature

J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino). Jul-Aug 1990;31(4):482-5.


A plastic bullet penetrating the heart through the right ventricle embolized to the right profunda. Suture of the heart and extraction of the bullet resulted in uneventful recovery. The literature revealed 21 instances of embolization following proven heart penetration, in two cases through the right ventricle.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Embolism / etiology*
  • Femoral Artery
  • Heart Injuries / complications*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Wounds, Gunshot / complications*