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A Firearm Bullet Settling into the Thoracic Spinal Canal without Vertebral Bone Destruction: A Case Report

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Author(s): Jamal Hossin | Morteza Joorabian | Mohammad Pipelzadeh

Journal: Iranian Journal of Radiology
ISSN 1735-1065

Volume: 7;
Issue: S1;
Start page: 9;
Date: 2010;
Original page

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ABSTRACT
Firearm injuries account for 13-17% of total spinal cord injuries and are generally caused in warfare or assault with the aim of murder. Spinal cord injuries caused by firearms are usually seen in individuals aged between 15 and 34 years, especially among men."nWe report a 28-year-old man with lower limb paraplegia secondary to a gunshot wound.We performed 64-multislice computerized tomography with 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional reconstruction of the thoracolumbar spine. In axial 2D and 3D reconstructions 64- multislice CT images of the thoracolumbar spine, an intracanalicular bullet nucleus was found in the mid spinal cord at T-8 level without any vertebral bone destruction."nThere has been only one previous report in the literature regarding a foreign body settling into the vertebral canal following gunshot injury without causing any bony destruction and this case is the second report."nKeywords: Gunshot Injury, Spinal Cord, Vertebral Canal
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