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Unusual delayed presentation of a nail gun injury through the skull base.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17440427     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Published reports of nail gun injuries to the face are uncommon. We describe an unusual delayed presentation with injury through the infratemporal fossa and a literature review. A 55-year-old patient presented 2 weeks after an unrecognized injury with complaints of a headache. Imaging revealed a nail traversing the infratemporal fossa with intracranial extension. The nail was removed through a preauricular approach without sequelae. Nail gun missiles to the face are uncommon, dramatic, but often nonfatal because of their relative low velocity. Patients are usually diagnosed at the time of injury, evaluated with computed tomography and angiography, and treated with surgery.
Alice D Lee; Young S Oh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Laryngoscope     Volume:  117     ISSN:  0023-852X     ISO Abbreviation:  Laryngoscope     Publication Date:  2007 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-06-04     Completed Date:  2007-07-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8607378     Medline TA:  Laryngoscope     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  977-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of California Irvine, Irvine, California 92868, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cerebral Angiography
Foreign Bodies / radiography*,  surgery*
Foreign-Body Migration / radiography,  surgery
Head Injuries, Penetrating / radiography,  surgery*
Middle Aged
Occupational Diseases / radiography,  surgery
Preoperative Care
Skull Base* / injuries,  radiography,  surgery
Temporal Lobe / injuries,  radiography
Time Factors
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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