Intracardiac shunts complicating penetrating heart wounds may be unrecognized during the early postoperative period due to the insensitivity of noninvasive diagnostic tests. This case demonstrates the value of intraoperative cardiac sampling for oxygen saturation to identify an otherwise occult aorta-right ventricular fistula secondary to a precordial stab wound, ultimately progressing to a 1.9:1 shunt requiring operative repair.
|Number of pages
|Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
|Published - Dec 1989
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine