Pediatric Cardiology

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 191–194 | Cite as

Percutaneous Removal of Intravascular Pellet Following Penetrating Cardiac Trauma

  • Joshua D. ChewEmail author
  • George T. Nicholson
  • Bret A. Mettler
  • Thomas P. Doyle
Case Report


There is controversy regarding the management of projectile embolization, a rare complication of penetrating trauma. We present the case of a 5-year-old, 20 kg male with retrograde venous projectile embolization following traumatic injury with a pellet gun. The projectile was successfully removed utilizing a novel, percutaneous approach.


Embolus Projectile Pediatric Foreign body retrieval 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest related to this report.

Ethical Approval

As this is a case report, this article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained prior to all clinical procedures in accordance with standard clinical practice.

Supplementary material

Penetrating injury to the left ventricle just leftward to the left anterior descending coronary and cephalad to a diagonal branch. Supplementary material 1 (MOV 98554 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Pediatric CardiologyMonroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Division of Pediatric Cardiac SurgeryMonroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA

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