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Air embolism: an unusual cause of delayed death following gunshot wound to the chest.
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PMID:  21595423     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
A 29-year-old man was shot in the chest twice sustaining extensive contusion of the right lung. He was, however, clinically stable with no major vessel injury or significant blood loss. Unexpected cardiac arrest occurred hours after hospital admission due to left coronary artery air embolism. Lung parenchymal damage from the passage of two projectiles within the chest wall close to the pleural cavity had occurred, with disruption of the capillary-alveolar interface and passage of air into the pulmonary venous circulation. While tangential gunshot wounds to the chest wall may rarely cause air embolism, symptoms are usually immediate. The present case demonstrates, however, that death may occur unexpectedly some time after the initial trauma in an individual who is considered clinically stable.
Julia Temlett; Roger W Byard
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine, science, and the law     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0025-8024     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Sci Law     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400721     Medline TA:  Med Sci Law     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  56-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Discipline of Anatomy and Pathology, The University of Adelaide, Australia.
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