ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

Multiple-Projectile Penetrating Neck Injury from a Modified Nail-Containing Gas Pistol
Dimitar Dimitrov Pazardzhikliev 1
1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University Hospital “St. George”, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
DOI : 10.5152/balkanmedj.2014.13139
Pages : 254-256


Background: Penetrating neck injuries result from missiles and stab wounds. A gas pistol is a non-lethal weapon for self-defence.

Case Report: We present a case where the use of a modified gun led to multiple injuries in a single shot. Four projectiles were embedded in the neck, one in the larynx and three in the cervical spine. The first was removed via a combined external and endoscopic approach, while the rest were put on follow-up.

Conclusion: The reported case shows that damage from modified gas pistols, although rarely life threatening, may cause long term discomfort and diminished quality of life.

Keywords : Gas pistol, neck injury, penetrating

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