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Self-Inflicted Intramyocardial Injury With a Sewing Needle : A Rare Cause of Pneumothorax

Francis P. Jamilla; Larry C. Casey
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From the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago


1998 by the American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 1998;113(2):531-534. doi:10.1378/chest.113.2.531
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Abstract

An unusual case of a self-inflicted intracardiac injury with a sewing needle caused a pneumothorax. Fewer than ten cases of needles in the heart have been reported in the recent medical literature; none of these cases was associated with presence of a pneumothorax. The literature regarding self-inflicted injury with needles in the heart is reviewed.


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