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American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology:
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e3181fc357d
Case Reports

Major Vascular Neck Injury From a Handgun Cartridge Casing

Guerrero, Alejandro MD*; Vassallo, David J. FRCS†

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We present a case from the Johannesburg General Hospital of a zone II low-velocity penetrating neck injury with involvement of the ipsilateral subclavian artery. When the "bullet" was retrieved, it was noted not to be an actual bullet but rather a cartridge casing. We speculate that this injury represents one of several possible misfiring scenarios from a homemade firearm.

Injuries from homemade firearms are infrequent in the literature, and only one other similar case of a cartridge casing causing a penetrating injury was found. A brief review of homemade handheld firearms is offered.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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