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Bleeding as a source of lead particulates on clothing.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7572866     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A review of several criminal cases where individuals were injured or killed by small-arms fire was conducted to ascertain the source of lead particulates discovered on the clothing of the shooting victims. In each of the reviewed cases, the garments were found to be free of gunpower particles. Additionally, the victims all sustained perforating gunshots from bullets possessing exposed lead on either the bearing surface or ogive. We theorized that the passage of the bullet through the body produces a trail of microscopic lead particles that are subsequently flushed out onto the clothing in the vicinity of the entrance and exit bullet holes. The discovery of these particles could lead to the mistaken opinion that their source is a close-proximity gunshot.
R J Shem
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0195-7910     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  1995 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-11-20     Completed Date:  1995-11-20     Revised Date:  2011-02-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  127-31     Citation Subset:  IM    
Alaska Department of Public Safety, Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory, Anchorage, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Forensic Medicine
Hemorrhage / etiology*
Lead / analysis*
Particle Size
Wounds, Gunshot / complications*,  mortality
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