oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Missile (bullet) injuries

Volume 23, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Well over one hundred missile (bullet) Injuries have come under the direct care of one surgeon in Wankie during the past two years. This figure includes accidental wounding, but not land-mine injuries, which present a very different pattern of injury. In previous years the majority were tragic accidents; in the past two years these have become the minority as terrorist activity has increased in the area. It appears to me that an appreciation of the nature of bullet wounds is patchy. As a result management is not always laid upon a sound basis of pathology. The following discussion is not intended to be dogmatic; it is based upon one surgeon's attempts at an appreciation of the pathology and his personal principles of management of bullet wounds.

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