Blunt liver trauma from bean bag ammunition

Luyer, Misha D. P.; Hoofwijk, Anton G. M.
October 2009
European Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery;Oct2009, Vol. 35 Issue 5, p503
Academic Journal
Police departments in Europe are increasingly using nonlethal weapons and/or ammunitions such as a bean bag to restrain and disable a person temporarily. A bean bag is a small nylon bag filled with metal balls that is fired from a shotgun and weighs approximately 50 g. It is successfully used in the United States by law enforcement personnel. This report describes a case in which use of a bean bag resulted in a contusion of the liver, which was treated conservatively.


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