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Bullet embolism.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2674155     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Bullet embolism is a rare complication of vascular trauma. During the last ten years we have treated six patients with bullet embolism. Three patients had inferior vena caval injuries with embolizations of the bullets to the heart or pulmonary arteries. Two had infrarenal aortic injuries with embolization to vessels of the lower extremities. One patient with a shotgun injury to the superficial femoral artery and vein had both arterial and venous embolizations. The site of vascular penetration was repaired in all six patients. All peripheral arterial bullet emboli were removed except for an asymptomatic shotgun pellet in the peroneal artery. One bullet was removed from a right atrium and another from a proximal pulmonary artery. Emboli in the distal pulmonary artery branches were left undisturbed in two patients. All six patients survived without any complications. A 14-year review of the literature is presented in order to emphasize some important features of this rare pathology.
K R Patel; L E Cortes; L Semel; P V Sharma; R H Clauss
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of cardiovascular surgery     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0021-9509     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino)     Publication Date:    1989 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-10-16     Completed Date:  1989-10-16     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0066127     Medline TA:  J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino)     Country:  ITALY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  584-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
New York Medical College, Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York.
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MeSH Terms
Aorta, Abdominal / injuries
Embolism / etiology*
Femoral Artery
Foreign Bodies*
Foreign-Body Migration*
Popliteal Artery
Pulmonary Artery*
Vena Cava, Inferior / injuries
Wounds, Gunshot / complications*

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