Doctors found that the 48-year-old's heart turned 90 degrees because of lung injuries he sustained in the crash, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine.
A 48-year-old who was rushed to an Italian emergency room after a motorcycle accident suffered an unusual but traumatic injury to his chest, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Doctors discovered that the man’s heart had rotated 90 degrees and ended up on the right side of his chest.
The unidentified patient suffered from a number of other injuries including punctured lungs, which caused air to escape and fill up space in the chest, LiveScience reported.
Doctors believe this is what caused his heart to turn, not the force of the crash.
According to the study, the medics drained the air and the organ moved back to its proper position on the left after 24 hours.
The rotation did cause the man’s blood pressure to drop temporarily, doctors said. However, it did not harm his heart.
The patient, who survived the accident, also underwent an emergency spleen removal and suffered from multiple fractured ribs.