Case Report

An Unusual Needle Migration into the Heart of a Pediatric Patient


Sharp-object penetration into the chest is rare and may lead to life-threatening complications, hence the significance of early detection and removal. We present an uncommon case of the accidental penetration of a sewing needle into the chest of a 5-year-old girl, with the needle traveling from the entrance site to the right ventricle through the lung tissue. Due to the possibility of cardiovascular accidents, the patient was transferred to a special ward. For positioning and correct actions, TTE and CT scan of the chest with and without contrast were performed and the presence of a tangential needle with the right ventricular wall and inside the pericardium was reported. The patient was taken to the operating room, and after exploring, a 2 cm needle was inserted into the right ventricle and removed. The patient was discharged after 5 days.

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IssueVol 16 No 1 (2021): J Teh Univ Heart Ctr QRcode
SectionCase Report(s)
Needles Echocardiography Foreign-body migration Heart ventricles

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Noori NM, Solemanzadeh Mousavi SH, Azadi Ahmadabadi C. An Unusual Needle Migration into the Heart of a Pediatric Patient. J Tehran Heart Cent. 16(1):34-37.