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Clinical Notes
September 21, 1964

Massive Air Embolism Due to Gunshot Wound

Author Affiliations

Monroe, La

From the St. Francis Hospital, Monroe, La. Dr. Ellis and Dr. Brown are now at the Glenwood Hospital, West Monroe, La.

JAMA. 1964;189(12):953-955. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070120075025
Abstract

ALTHOUGH SOME textbooks of pathology L briefly mention the possibility of nonsurgical traumatic air embolism, few cases are reported in the current literature and the authors have found none documented by radiographs.

Report of a Case  During a fight involving several people, a woman in her mid-thirties was wounded in the right supraclavicular fossa. She ran approximately 100 feet and fell to the ground dead. A man wielding a knife was arrested but he maintained that the patient had been shot.The unembalmed body was brought to the morgue to determine the nature of the lethal weapon. Rigor mortis was present; there had been very little external bleeding. Over the superior border of the right clavicle, 8 cm from the sternoclavicular joint, a 0.6-cm oval puncture was found. Since there were no external powder burns and there was no exit wound, x-rays were taken to determine whether a bullet was

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