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June 1, 1912

A CASE OF GUNSHOT WOUND OF THE PREGNANT UTERUS

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Shanghai, China

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(22):1685. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060034015

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Abstract

History.  —The patient, a Chinese woman, aged 20, applied for treatment at St. Luke's Hospital at about 7 a. m., Feb. 4, 1912, complaining of pain in the abdomen and back. February 3 at about 10:30 p. m., while attempting to stop a robber, she had been shot in the abdomen. Her previous history was good; she had two children, both living. The patient was nine months pregnant.

Examination.  —The wound of entrance was about 3 inches above and to the left of the umbilicus, through the left rectus, was about 3/4 of an inch in length and somewhat ragged in outline. About 3 inches of omentum were protruding from the wound. No wound of exit was found. There was no external bleeding. The skin wound was situated at about the top of the fundus uteri. Abdomen was tender, pulse 120 and rather weak, respiration 28, heart and lungs good.

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