Non-lethal penetrating cardiac injury from a crossbow bolt

Int J Legal Med. 1998;111(2):88-90. doi: 10.1007/s004140050121.


Crossbow injuries to the thorax are nowadays uncommon. The type of arrowhead used determines not only the form of entrance wound but often the outcome of these injuries. We report the case of a 38-year-old man who attempted to commit suicide by firing a bolt from a sport crossbow into his heart. Although the bolt penetrated the mediastinum causing a deep intraseptal myocardial lesion and the pre-operative diagnostic procedure delayed the necessary operation, the patient survived.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Heart Injuries / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Suicide, Attempted
  • Wounds, Penetrating / pathology*