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Atypical chest pain: Needles in a haystack

J M Jansen van Vuuren, S Pillay, K Ramchandre

Abstract


A 20-year-old man presented with a 6-month history of intermittent chest pain. Initial imaging demonstrated approximately 15 sewing needles lodged in his myocardium, predominantly in the left ventricle. The patient has been referred to cardiothoracic surgery for further management. His progress will be monitored closely.


Authors' affiliations

J M Jansen van Vuuren, Medical Intern, Pietermaritzburg Hospital Complex, South Africa

S Pillay, Department of Internal Medicine, Edendale Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

K Ramchandre, Department of Internal Medicine, Edendale Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

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Keywords

Chest pain; Left ventricle; Sewing needles

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2016;106(11):1090-1091. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i11.11057

Article History

Date submitted: 2016-11-02
Date published: 2016-11-02

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