Spent Bullet in the Bronchus

O'Connor, James V.; Haan, James M.; Wright, Joshua L.
April 2006
American Surgeon;Apr2006, Vol. 72 Issue 4, p345
Academic Journal
Penetrating tracheal trauma, although infrequent, varies from minor to life-threatening injuries. Serious injury often results from airway compromise or significant associated esophageal or vascular trauma. Tracheal injuries resulting in a retained ballistic fragment in the airway have been infrequently reported. We report the successful treatment of a patient with a gunshot wound to the anterior cervical trachea resulting in a spent bullet lodged in the left lower lobe bronchus.


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