Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2009; 57(4): 248-249
DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1038694
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A Unusual Case of Right Lung and Right Atrio-Inferiocaval Injury Caused by Stabbing

M. S. Topcuoglu1 , H. H. Poyrazoglu1 , H. Yaliniz1
  • 1Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Department, Cukurova University, Faculty of Medicine, Adana, Turkey
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Publication History

received February 19, 2008

Publication Date:
20 May 2009 (online)


Penetrating thoracic injuries can damage more than one intrathoracic structure and frequently require urgent surgical intervention due to life-threatening consequences. These injuries demand extreme awareness and emergency measures. This paper reports on an unusual case with right lung and right atrio-inferiocaval junction injury caused by a knife penetrating through the right paravertebral region of the thorax. The patient was treated by immediate surgical repair under partial cardiopulmonary bypass and discharged successfully. This case emphasizes the fact that right chest paravertebral penetrating injuries may require cardiopulmonary bypass, although this zone has less risk for cardiac injury.


Dr. Hüseyin Hakan Poyrazoglu

Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Department
Cukurova University, Faculty of Medicine


01330 Adana