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Vol 83, No 5 (2015)
CASE REPORTS
Submitted: 2015-09-08
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“Luck’s always to blame”: silent wounds of a penetrating gunshot trauma sustained 20 years ago

Ioannis Tomos, Effrosyni D. Manali, Stylianos Argentos, Thomas Raptakis, Spyros A . Papiris
DOI: 10.5603/PiAP.2015.0063
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Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2015;83(5):392-393.

open access

Vol 83, No 5 (2015)
CASE REPORTS
Submitted: 2015-09-08

Abstract

Gunshot tracheal injuries represent life-threatening events and usually necessitate emergent surgical intervention. We report a case of an exceptional finding of a patient with retained ballistic fragments in the soft tissues of the thorax, proximal to the right subclavian artery and the trachea, carrying silently his wounds for two decades without any medical or surgical intervention. The bullet pellet on the upper part of the trachea seen accidentally in the chest computed tomography, was also found during bronchoscopy. In short “luck’s always to blame”.

Abstract

Gunshot tracheal injuries represent life-threatening events and usually necessitate emergent surgical intervention. We report a case of an exceptional finding of a patient with retained ballistic fragments in the soft tissues of the thorax, proximal to the right subclavian artery and the trachea, carrying silently his wounds for two decades without any medical or surgical intervention. The bullet pellet on the upper part of the trachea seen accidentally in the chest computed tomography, was also found during bronchoscopy. In short “luck’s always to blame”.

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Keywords

gunshot injury, trauma, bronchoscopy

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Title

“Luck’s always to blame”: silent wounds of a penetrating gunshot trauma sustained 20 years ago

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 83, No 5 (2015)

Pages

392-393

DOI

10.5603/PiAP.2015.0063

Bibliographic record

Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2015;83(5):392-393.

Keywords

gunshot injury
trauma
bronchoscopy

Authors

Ioannis Tomos
Effrosyni D. Manali
Stylianos Argentos
Thomas Raptakis
Spyros A . Papiris

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