Cupid’s arrow retained in the heart

Umberto Benedetto, Massimo Caputo, Angeliki Kosti, Mariangela Peruzzi, Sebastiano Sciarretta, Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai, Giacomo Frati


Non-iatrogenic, traumatic foreign bodies penetration and retention in the heart are rare, with available reports mainly focusing on bullets, shrapnel, and circular saw fragments. Indeed, self-inflicted intracardiac foreign bodies are very rarely seen in clinical practice. The sequelae largely depend on the projectile nature, path of travel, and unquestionably on the final position in the thorax.