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Cardiac Pneumatic Nail Gun Injury
The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Jason P. Straus, Wright State University
  • Randy J. Woods, Wright State University
  • Mary C. McCarthy, Wright State University
  • Mark P. Anstadt, Wright State University
  • Nancy Kwon
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Pneumatic nail guns deliver discrete, low-velocity penetrating trauma causing limited injury.1 Kinetic energy is centered on the nail’s advancing tip, and therefore such injuries are similar to stab wounds. This is reflected in the 11% mortality rate after accidental discharges. Mortality rates might, however, exceed 40% when these injuries are self-inflicted.1 and 2 In the case presented the patient attempted suicide, shooting himself 17 times in the chest with a pneumatic nail gun. The optimal diagnostic and therapeutic approach to this unusual injury is described.
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Jason P. Straus, Randy J. Woods, Mary C. McCarthy, Mark P. Anstadt, et al.. "Cardiac Pneumatic Nail Gun Injury" The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Vol. 132 Iss. 3 (2006) p. 702 - 703 ISSN: 0022-5223
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