Pericardial tamponade and hemothorax after penetrating injury to the internal mammary artery. Academic Article Case Study uri icon


  • Penetrating wounds to the anterior chest wall are associated with injury to the heart and great vessels. If injury to these structures is suspected, early surgical intervention is indicated. The internal mammary artery also can be involved in penetrating trauma and can present a clinical situation similar to heart injury, as in the case reported.

publication date

  • January 1, 1987