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Unusual Case of Gunshot Injury to the Face

Yadavalli Guruprasad1Girish Giraddi12
1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, AME’S Dental College Hospital and Research Center, Raichur, 2Government Dental College and Research Institute, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Date of Submission: 16-Sep-2010, Date of Acceptance: 05-Oct-2010, Date of Web Publication: 01-Jan-2011.
Corresponding Author:
Corresponding Author

Yadavalli Guruprasad

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, AME’S Dental College Hospital and Research Centre, Raichur - 584 103, Karnataka, India
E-mail: guru_omfs@yahoo.com

Corresponding Author:
Corresponding Author

Yadavalli Guruprasad

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, AME’S Dental College Hospital and Research Centre, Raichur - 584 103, Karnataka, India
E-mail: guru_omfs@yahoo.com

DOI: 10.4103/2156-7514.73501 Facebook Twitter Google Linkedin

ABSTRACT


An unusual case of facial gunshot injury with the missile lodged in the cervical spine region, but without any neurological impairment, is reported. The extent of tissue damage and missile track termination in a male patient who sustained gunshot trauma to the face was assessed by plain radiography and by computed tomography scans. The patient was treated conservatively and observed for clinical manifestations of neurological deficit for one year. We present a case of gunshot injury to the face with the missile lodged in the cervical spine region and atypical absence of clinical manifestation that may occur even when a bullet remains in the vicinity of the cervical spine.
Keywords: Computed tomography, face, gunshot, spine injury

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