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Fatal gunshot injury caused by an unusual projectile--a barrel-cleaning brush as a tandem bullet.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9185935     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The case of a man who committed suicide by shooting himself in the head is reported. The rifle used by the decedent had been cleaned with the use of a barrel-cleaning brush, which had become detached and had been retained in the barrel. The brush together with the usual projectile were propelled into the head. A highly unusual radiograph was obtained. The implantation of a barrel-cleaning brush in the skull has not been reported in the English literature. This case is reported because of its unique nature and because of possible misinterpretation of an unusual radiological appearance. The potential dangers of inadequate care during weapon cleaning are also discussed.
P S Ellis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0195-7910     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  1997 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-07-30     Completed Date:  1997-07-30     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:  168-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Forensic Medicine, Westmead Hospital, New South Wales, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Craniocerebral Trauma / etiology,  mortality*,  radiography
Fatal Outcome
Forensic Medicine
Middle Aged
Skull / pathology,  radiography
Wounds, Gunshot / etiology,  mortality*,  radiography

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