Although suture of stab wounds of the heart is a relatively recently developed surgical procedure, some 345 cases have been reported in the literature with recovery in approximately 60 per cent. Elkin1 estimated this rate to be somewhat too high, because numerous isolated cases in which treatment is unsuccessful are never reported. He therefor places the recovery percentage at no greater than 50 per cent, even at the present time.
In a careful search of the literature one finds that not only are instances of stab wounds of the intrapericardial portion of the pulmonary artery rare but the mortality rate has been 100 per cent. It is of considerable interest, then, to report a case of stab wound of the pulmonary artery with operation and complete recovery.
Excellent reviews of the history of heart wounds have been presented by Elkin, Bigger,2 Peck,3 Pool,4 Glasser and associates,
SCHIEBEL HM. STAB WOUND OF THE PULMONARY ARTERY WITH SUTURE AND RECOVERY: REPORT OF A CASE WITH A BRIEF REVIEW OF TRAUMATIC CARDIAC SURGERY. Arch Surg. 1942;45(6):957–963. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1942.01220060096007
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