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Fatal nonpowder firearm wounds: case report and review of the literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2104975     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A previously unreported fatality due to a head wound from a CO2-powered BB pistol is described. In a review of the English language medical literature (primarily forensic), ten previous reports of fatality due to nonpowder firearms were found. A common mechanism is identified in the head wounds leading to fatality. Modern day technology has elevated the BB gun from toy to weapon. Often appearing trivial, BB and pellet gun injuries must be considered in the same class as those from small-caliber low-velocity powder firearms. A patient with a nonpowder firearm injury must be evaluated with a high index of suspicion for injuries that are not apparent during a general physical examination.
H S Lawrence
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatrics     Volume:  85     ISSN:  0031-4005     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatrics     Publication Date:  1990 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-02-22     Completed Date:  1990-02-22     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376422     Medline TA:  Pediatrics     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  177-81     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Division of Emergency/Trauma Services, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Akron, OH 44308.
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MeSH Terms
Carbon Dioxide
Craniocerebral Trauma / etiology,  mortality*
Wounds, Gunshot / etiology,  mortality*
Reg. No./Substance:
124-38-9/Carbon Dioxide

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