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Urgent Myocardial Revascularization after Previous Surgery for Gunshot Wounds to the Heart and Lungs

Lazoryshynets VV, Rudenko AV, Krykunov OA, Kupchinsky OV, Salo SV*, Levchyshyna OV, Yu Hladun A, Tokhtarov VV, Bondarets DV and Vitovsky AR

National Amosov Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Ukraine

*Corresponding author: Salo SV, National Amosov Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine

Submission: April 18, 2022Published: May 26, 2022

DOI: 10.31031/SMOAJ.2022.05.000601

ISSN 2578-0379
Volume5 Issue1


Due to the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, many patients with injuries of various nature and severity appeared. Damage to the heart and blood vessels is the biggest threat to human life. Patients with injuries of this nature have been treating in Amosov National Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery since the first day of the war. One of them was young man with elevation of the ST segment after surgery for gunshot wounds to the heart and lungs. After non-invasive research methods, coronary angiography was performed followed by an attempt of endovascular revascularization. Due to the impossibility of complete blood-flow restoration and dye extravasation patient was directed to urgent surgical treatment [1].

Keywords: Acute coronary syndrome; LAD artery; Gunshot wound; Urgent surgical revascularization; Mechanical occlusion

Case Description

Figure 1: ECG, ST segment elevation.

Figure 2: CT, mechanical occlusion of the middle segment of the LAD artery.

Figure 3: Transthoracic echocardiography, apical 2-chamber view (zoom), showing the affected area (white arrow) - anterior septal LV, LV, left ventricle.

30.03.22, Patient D, 21 y.o., was taken to the Amosov National Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery with a diagnosis of Acute coronary syndrome with elevation of the ST segment after surgery for gunshot wounds to the heart and lungs (Figure 1). From the anamnesis: Gunshot wound to the left half of the chest with damage to the heart, left lung, ribs; gunshot wound to the left shoulder in the upper third with a fragmentary fracture of the humerus, damage to the radial nerve [2,3]. During hostilities, in one of the district hospitals urgently performed left lateral thoracotomy, suturing of the left lung, suturing of the heart wound in the projection of the LAD artery. Primary surgical treatment of a shoulder wound, application of an external fixation device. During the operation, autohemotransfusion was performed in a volume of 900 ml. Erythrocyte mass transfusion was performed. The patient was directed to the Amosov National Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery. Upon admission to the institute, the following examinations were performed: ECG, echocardiography, chest CT with contrast, coronary angiography. According to the ECG revealed acute ischemia of the anterior-membranous-apical-lateral part of the left ventricle (acute coronary syndrome with ST elevation of the anterior wall of the left ventricle) [4]. CT examination with gadolinium contrast revealed signs: CT signs of penetrating injury of the left hemithorax with the presence of mechanical occlusion of the middle segment of the LAD artery (bone / metal fragment), the presence of squamous lesions S10 of the left lung (Figure 2). Subtotal contusion of the left lung. Large left pneumothorax, small left hydrothorax. Small pneumomediastinum. CT signs of anemia. Echocardiography examination of the pathology of the heart valves and intracardiac structures did not reveal (Figure 3). Attention was drawn to the hypokinesia of the apical-membranous part of the left ventricle [5].

The patient was taken to the catheterization laboratory. Coronary angiography was performed by distal transradial access. Occlusion of mid. LAD artery and DIA1, TIMI 0 blood flow were detected (Figure 4). With technical difficulties, the coronary guidewire was introduced through the occlusion zone into the distal part of the LAD artery. Gradual angioplasty of the stenosis zone was performed with high-pressure balloons (diameters of 2.5, 3.0, 3.5) by pressure of up to 28 atmospheres (Figure 5). Angiographic pattern during balloon inflation is characteristic of suturing the artery with suture material. After angioplasty, blood flow was restored, TIMI 2 (Figure 6). Extravasation of contrast in the area of the Ellis-2 ligature was detected. Therefore was made a decision to perform urgent surgical treatment. The patient was taken to the operating room in an emergency. In aseptic conditions after treatment of the operating field with Ethanol solution (7 times) under combined endotracheal anesthesia performed a longitudinal median sternotomy. The pericardium was dissected [6,7]. A large subcutaneous vein was isolated from the left leg. Hematoma in the area of LAD artery was visualized. The beating-heart technique was used. Collapse of the left lung was eliminated. A hematoma was visualized on the anterior wall of the chest [8,9]. No sources of active bleeding were identified. The left pleural cavity was sutured tightly. Opening of LAD artery in the middle third, diameter 1.2mm. LAD artery was anastomosed with aorta by venous autographt. Hemostasis control. Drainage in the pericardium, thoracic. Steel seams on the sternum. Layer-stitched wound. Leather seam. Aseptic dressing. Blood loss 150ml. Postoperative period was without complications. Angiography was performed (Figure 7). 3D CT was performed (Figure 8) [10,11].

Figure 4: Angiography Occlusion of mid LAD artery and DIA1, TIMI 0 blood flow.

Figure 5:Angiography angioplasty of the stenosis zone with high-pressure balloon.

Figure 6: Angiography blood flow after angioplasty and dye extravasation.

Figure 7: Angiography after venous autographt anastomosis: a) LAD artery occlusion b) Visualization of the venous autographt anastomosis.

Figure 8: 3D CT after venous autographt anastomosis. Arrows show: RCA, venous autographt anastomosis, LAD artery (from the left to the right).


A system of timely evacuation of victims must be established during hostilities. After the initial surgical treatment, patients with severe injuries should be taken to specialized care centers for further highly qualified treatment.


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