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Chirurgia 2012 April;25(2):125-7

language: English

The route of a bullet through the chest and its minimal effect: a report of a “lucky” case sustained gunshot-induced penetrating thoracic injury and review of the literature

Spiliopoulos K., Chnaris A., Tsantsaridou A., Tsilimingas N. B.

Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece


Thoracic trauma due to blunt or penetrating injury is a major cause of hospitalization worldwide, associated with high mortality rates ranging from 15 to 77%. The majority of thoracic injuries requiring surgical intervention are due to penetrating mechanisms of injury such as gunshot wounds, stab wounds, and shotgun wounds. We present a case of a gunshot-induced thoracic trauma with a way of the bullet predominantly through the right lung, managed, despite the extensive course through the chest cavity, fortunately only by tubal thoracostomy. In addition we provide a thorough review of the literature regarding penetrating thoracic traumas, and specifically those caused by gunshots.

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