Stab wounds to the heart can present without clinical evidence of injury. Echocardiography has been advocated as an alternative to subxyphoid exploration in these cases. We present a case in which two serial echocardiography exams missed a diagnosis. Electrocardiographic changes and elevation of serial troponin I levels suggested the diagnosis, which was confirmed by thoracoscopy. Repair was facilitated by use of adenosine cardiac standstill.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
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