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Ulus Travma Acil Cerrahi Derg. 2014 Nov;20(6):452-4. doi: 10.5505/tjtes.2014.16680.

[Atypical trajectory of gunshot injury].

[Article in Turkish]

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Department of Thoracic Surgery, Şanlıurfa Mehmet Akif İnan Training and Research Hospital, Şanlıurfa, Turkey.


Gunshot injuries are common medical-legal issues. Atypical tract lines resulting from this type of injuries cause difficulties in diagnosis and treatment. In this paper, a gunshot injury on the right anterior thigh extending to the right hemithorax was presented. A 67-year-old Syrian refugee patient was brought to the emergency service due to gunshot injury. Bullet entrance hole was determined on the right anterior thigh region; however, exit side could not be seen. Bullet was determined on the right thorax at tomography and the patient was taken to operation due to diaphragm rupture and lung parenchymal injury. Other body parts must be examined radiologically for the bullet which cannot be determined at gunshot injury side.

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