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Fetal gunshot wound characteristics.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12353549     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Firearm injury in pregnant women is reported in the literature; however, no articles to date address the forensic analysis of the wounds sustained by the fetus. This is a report of a 40 weeks gestational age fetus who died following multiple perforating gunshot wounds, while his mother survived. The fetal wounds were atypical, consisting of irregular perforations with radiating linear lacerations and adjacent abrasions. The unusual wound pattern may have been due to the presence of interposed targets, the shoring of the fetus against itself and the uterine corpus, and the intrinsic character of fetal skin.
Charles A Catanese; Kristin Gilmore
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  47     ISSN:  0022-1198     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  2002 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-09-30     Completed Date:  2002-10-21     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1067-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, New York City, SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital Department of Pathology, Brooklyn, NY 11203, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Abdominal Injuries / complications,  pathology*
Back Injuries / etiology,  pathology
Fetal Death*
Leg Injuries / etiology,  pathology
Wounds, Gunshot / pathology*

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