Nonsurgical management of cardiac missiles

Jillian A. Klein, Jeffrey E. Nowak, Jamie S. Sutherell, Derek S. Wheeler

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Modern air-powered pellet guns are capable of propelling their projectiles at velocities of 250 to 930 ft/s depending on their propulsion system-rivaling traditional small caliber firearms in the potential for serious soft tissue injuries. Management decisions regarding thoracic/cardiac pellet gun injuries must be based on the presentation and stability of the patient and the location of the retained pellet. We present a report of the nonsurgical management of an 8-year-old girl with a retained pericardial pellet and small stable effusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-38
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric emergency care
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiac missile
  • Firearms
  • Foreign bodies
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Pericardium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine

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