We report the case of a young girl (17-year-old) wounded by an accidental gunshot. The bullet entered through the skin midline over the navel area, passed through the stomach perforating the vena cava and, by breaking the right pedicle of L4, moved inside the vertebral canal (bridging the cauda equina) stopping just in front of the body of S2. Because of the sudden onset of acute abdomen due to a massive retroperitoneal hematoma, the patient underwent emergency explorative laparotomy with the evacuation of the hematoma and the suture of the perforated cava vein, the peritoneum, and the stomach. No neurological deficits were observed after the gunshot. Two weeks later, the patient underwent spinal surgery to remove the bullet from the spinal canal, which was performed successfully without any instrumentation and with no onset of new neurological signs and symptoms or surgery-related complications. Patient was discharged on day 9 after surgery in good general conditions.
Management of gunshot wound to the lumbosacral spine in a 17-year-old girl without neurological impairment / R. Bassani, C. Morselli, M. Agnoletto, L. Brambilla, G.M. Peretti. - In: JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL REGULATORS & HOMEOSTATIC AGENTS. - ISSN 0393-974X. - 34:4 Suppl. 3(2020 Jul), pp. 1-5.
|Titolo:||Management of gunshot wound to the lumbosacral spine in a 17-year-old girl without neurological impairment|
BRAMBILLA, LORENZO (Penultimo)
PERETTI, GIUSEPPE (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||bullet migration; gunshot; lumbar spine|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/33 - Malattie Apparato Locomotore|
|Data di pubblicazione:||lug-2020|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|
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