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Michael Matthew McClay, Stephen S O'Connor, Brittany Nicole Groh, Marissa Baudino, Lisa Venanzi, Angela Shields, Jo Ellen Wilson, John Bone, Stephen Nicolson
OBJECTIVE: Evidence suggests that suicide attempts by self-inflicted gunshot wound (GSW) are underreported and may in turn affect disposition following hospitalization. This study aimed to evaluate the clinical characteristics and use of services among individuals who do not disclose suicidal intent following a self-inflicted GSW. METHODS: Electronic medical record data from 128 survivors of self-inflicted GSWs at a level 1 trauma center were analyzed to identify factors associated with nondisclosure of a suicide attempt to medical staff...
March 15, 2018: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
Abdullah Shariff, Ruby Skinner, Andrea Pakula
INTRODUCTION: Visceral artery aneurysms are an uncommon clinical problem with aneurysms of the celiac artery only making up a small percentage of all visceral artery aneurysms. The more common splenic and hepatic aneurysms are often symptomatic with pain or rupture and associated hemorrhage. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We present a case of an otherwise healthy 30 yo male with an asymptomatic, posttraumatic arterial aneurysm of the celiac artery. He initially presented to our trauma center after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds which required multiple abdominal surgeries...
February 21, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Sergio Henrique Bastos Damous, George Felipe Bezerra Darce, Renato Silveira Leal, Adilson Rodrigues Costa, Pedro Henrique Alves Ferreira, Celso de Oliveira Bernini, Edivaldo Massazo Utiyama
INTRODUCTION: Severe injuries of the pancreatic head and duodenum in haemodynamically unstable patients are complex management. The purpose of this study is to report a case of complex pancreatic trauma induced by gunshot and managed with surgical approaches at three different times. PRESENTATION OF CASE: Exploratory laparotomy was indicated after initial emergency room care, with findings of cloudy blood-tinged fluid and blood clots on the mesentery near the hepatic angle, on the region of the 2nd portion of the duodenum and at the pancreatic head...
February 15, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Hamza Jawad, Constantine Raptis, Aaron Mintz, Douglas Schuerer, Vincent Mellnick
OBJECTIVE: Many centers advocate use of triple-contrast (IV, oral, and rectal) CT for assessing hemodynamically stable patients with penetrating abdominopelvic trauma. Enteric contrast material has several disadvantages, leading our practice to pursue use of single-contrast (IV) CT. We conducted a retrospective review of electronic medical records at our institution to assess the accuracy of single-contrast CT for diagnosing bowel injuries in cases of penetrating abdominopelvic trauma...
February 7, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Tareq I Maraqa, Ji-Sun J Shin, Ismael Diallo, Gul R Sachwani-Daswani, Leo C Mercer
Obturator artery injury (OAI) from pelvic gunshot wounds (GSW) is a rarely reported condition. Hemorrhages from pelvic trauma (PT) are mostly venous. Arterial hemorrhages represent about 10-20% of PTs. When arterial hemorrhages from PT occur, they are a severe and deadly complication often causing significant hemodynamic instability and eventual shock. A 23-year-old male presented to our emergency service via a private vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds to both thighs and to the lower back, resulted in rectal and obturator artery (OA) injuries...
November 17, 2017: Curēus
David V Feliciano
Although abdominal trauma has been described since antiquity, formal laparotomies for trauma were not performed until the 1800s. Even with the introduction of general anesthesia in the United States during the years 1842 to 1846, laparotomies for abdominal trauma were not performed during the Civil War. The first laparotomy for an abdominal gunshot wound in the United States was finally performed in New York City in 1884. An aggressive operative approach to all forms of abdominal trauma till the establishment of formal trauma centers (where data were analyzed) resulted in extraordinarily high rates of nontherapeutic laparotomies from the 1880s to the 1960s...
November 1, 2017: American Surgeon
Megan C Prunty, Siddharth Kudav, Jacob A Quick
BACKGROUND: Traumatic thoracoabdominal injuries can involve multiple organs and multiple cavities, which increases the complexity of surgical management. Traditionally, these injuries required laparotomy and thoracotomy. However, minimally invasive intervention may be reasonable for stable patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We present a case of a thoracoabdominal gunshot wound resulting in multiorgan, multicavity injury to the lung, diaphragm, and liver. We performed hepatorrhaphy and diaphragm repair, and addressed a retained hemothorax through a transabdominal laparoscopic approach...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
G V Oosthuizen, V Y Kong, T Estherhuizen, J L Bruce, G L Laing, J J Odendaal, D L Clarke
Introduction In light of continuing controversy surrounding the management of penetrating colonic injuries, we set out to compare the outcome of penetrating colonic trauma according to whether the mechanism of injury was a stab wound or a gunshot wound. Methods Our trauma registry was interrogated for the 5-year period from January 2012 to December 2016. All patients over the age of 18 years with penetrating trauma (stab or gunshot) and with intraoperatively proven colonic injury were reviewed. Details of the colonic and concurrent abdominal injuries were recorded, together with the operative management strategy...
February 2018: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
John S Hwang, Peter D Gibson, Kenneth L Koury, Nicholas Stekas, Michael S Sirkin, Mark C Reilly, Mark R Adams
The objective of this study was to analyze if the addition of CT changed the management of femoral shaft fractures caused by gunshot wounds when compared to those managed with plain radiography alone. METHODS: A multiple-choice, single-answer electronic survey was created to compare utility of advanced imaging when treating femur fractures resulting from gunshot injury. A total of ten femoral shaft fracture cause by gunshot injuries were selected for an online survey to be administered to orthopeaedic traumatologists...
December 2017: Injury
Steven G Schauer, Michael D April, Cord W Cunningham, Adrianna N Long, Robert Carter
BACKGROUND: Surgical cricothyrotomy remains the only definitive airway management modality for the tactical setting recommended by Tactical Combat Casualty Care guidelines. Some units have fielded commercial cricothyrotomy kits to assist Combat Medics with surgical cricothyrotomy. To our knowledge, no previous publications report data on the use of these kits in combat settings. This series reports the the use of two kits in four patients in the prehospital combat setting. METHODS: Using the Department of Defense Trauma Registry and the Prehospital Trauma Registry, we identified four cases of patients who underwent prehospital cricothyrotomy with the use of commercial kits...
December 0: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
Darren C Roberts, D M Power, S A Stapley
BACKGROUND: Scapula fractures are relatively uncommon injuries, mostly occurring due to the effects of high-energy trauma. Rates of scapula fractures are unknown in the military setting. The aim of this study is to analyse the incidence, aetiology, associated injuries, treatment and complications of these fractures occurring in deployed military personnel. METHODS: All UK military personnel returning with upper limb injuries from Afghanistan and Iraq were retrospectively reviewed using the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine database and case notes (2004-2014)...
September 11, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
Randi N Smith, Mark J Seamon, Vinayak Kumar, Andrew Robinson, Justine Shults, Patrick M Reilly, Therese S Richmond
BACKGROUND: Over 70,000 nonfatal firearm injuries occur in the US annually, frequently leaving victims injured with retained bullets. The long-term psychological risks associated with retained bullets remains unstudied. By serving as a constant reminder of injury, we hypothesized that the presence of retained bullets after firearm injury is associated with increased PTSD and depression symptom severity. METHODS: We conducted a prospective cohort study (2013-2015) of Black male survivors of firearm injury at an urban Level I trauma center...
January 2018: Injury
Joshua Nackenson, Amado A Baez, Jonathan P Meizoso
Study Objectives Traction splinting has been the prehospital treatment of midshaft femur fracture as early as the battlefield of the First World War (1914-1918). This study is the assessment of these injuries and the utilization of a traction splint (TS) in blunt and penetrating trauma, as well as intravenous (IV) analgesia utilization by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Miami, Florida (USA). METHODS: This is a retrospective study of patients who sustained a midshaft femur fracture in the absence of multiple other severe injuries or severe physiologic derangement, as defined by an injury severity score (ISS) <20 and a triage revised trauma score (T-RTS)≥10, who presented to an urban, Level 1 trauma center between September 2008 and September 2013...
December 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Nathan R Manley, Timothy C Fabian, John P Sharpe, Louis J Magnotti, Martin A Croce
INTRODUCTION: Gun violence is a substantial public health problem accounting for significant physical, psychological, and financial costs. Although aggregate data sources demonstrate decreasing rates of firearm violence, analyses from individual trauma centers have shown that mortality and injury severity from gunshot wounds (GSWs) are increasing. To evaluate the evolving characteristics of gun violence in our region, we studied all GSWs admitted to our trauma center over a 20-year period...
January 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Andres Isaza-Restrepo, Dínimo José Bolívar-Sáenz, Marcos Tarazona-Lara, José Rafael Tovar
BACKGROUND: Trauma characteristics and its management is influenced by socioeconomic context. Cardiac trauma constitutes a challenge for surgeons, and outcomes depend on multiple factors including initial care, characteristics of the wounds, and surgical management. METHODS: This is a retrospective cross-sectional case series of patients with penetrating cardiac injuries (PCI) from January 1999 to October 2009 who underwent surgery in a trauma referral center in Bogotá, Colombia...
2017: World Journal of Emergency Surgery: WJES
Petra Urbanová, Ann H Ross, Mikoláš Jurda, Ivana Šplíchalová
While assessing skeletal injuries in human skeletal remains, forensic anthropologists are frequently presented with fractured, fragmented, or otherwise modified skeletal remains. The examination of evidence and the mechanisms of skeletal injuries often require that separate osseous elements be permanently or temporarily reassembled or reconstructed. If not dealt with properly, such reconstructions may impede accurate interpretation of the evidence. Nowadays, routine forensic examinations increasingly incorporate digital imaging technologies...
July 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Ohad Ronen, Nidal Assadi, Eyal Sela
INTRODUCTION: For two years the State of Israel has been treating casualties from the Syrian civil war. The Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya is the main hospital for this humanitarian mission. Objectives: To evaluate the demographic and clinical characteristics of the casualties that were treated in our department. METHODS: Information from medical records of all Syrian casualties evacuated to the Galilee Medical Center were evaluated. RESULTS: Between March 2013 and December 2014, 450 casualties were evacuated to the Galilee Medical Center...
May 2017: Harefuah
Richard Menger, Piyush Kalakoti, Rimal Hanif, Osama Ahmed, Anil Nanda, Bharat Guthikonda
James Brady, the White House press secretary during President Ronald Reagan's first term in office, was 1 of 4 people (including the President) wounded during an attempted assassination attempt on President Reagan's life on March 30, 1981. John Hinckley, Jr. was found not guilty of this attempt by reason of insanity. The assassination attempt was a ploy by Hinckley, Jr. to impress the actress Jodie Foster. Brady was the most seriously injured of the 4 who were wounded. He suffered a gunshot wound to the left forehead that traveled through the left frontal lobe, corpus callosum, and then into the right frontal and temporal lobes...
September 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
M T Gulpinar, S K Keskin, A Yildirim, T Caskurlu
Ureteral injuries due to gunshots are tend to be misdiagnosed because of concomitant vascular and intraabdominal organ wounds. Our case is a 23-year-old man who was admitted to the hospital with multiple abdominal gunshot wounds. Laboratory findings showed worsening anemia, and the computed tomography (CT) scan showed multiple lead bullets inside the abdomen and retroperitoneum. Patient was then taken to the operation room for laparatomy. There were many intestinal injuries and also a stable retroperitoneal hematoma...
May 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
Elizabeth Thomas, Pamela Golden, Vicki Moran
Acute pericarditis is the most common form of pericardial disease worldwide and it has many potential etiologies. This case study examines a patient admitted for multiple gunshot wounds who developed acute pericarditis postpericardial drain removal. The initial penetrating abdominal trauma, along with facial injuries and a suspected myocardial infarction, led to confusion in which the initial etiology of pericarditis was missed, creating a delay in overall patient care and extended length of stay.
May 2017: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
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