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Chest x-rays demonstrate a long nail projecting over the cardiac silhouette in both projections.
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This patient attempted to commit suicide with a nail-gun pointed at the chest. The nail penetrated the heart and can be seen on the lateral view blurred secondary to cardiac motion.
It was successfully removed at surgery.
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- 2. Nail gun from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Nail gun