Non-fatal gunshot wound to the head (33 years ago)

Case contributed by Dr Sajoscha Sorrentino

Presentation

Recurrent headaches. History of non-fatal gunshot to the head.

Patient Data

Age: 70
Gender: Male

Bullet trajectory traversing both hemispheres is marked by gliosis and multiple bullet fragments. 

Case Discussion

Gun shot wounds to the head are frequently, but not invariably fatal. The distance from the gun, bullet speed, caliber and type of bullet, and of course the parts of the brain involved will impact the mortality risk. 

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Case information

rID: 14486
Published: 30th Jul 2011
Last edited: 31st Jul 2020
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included