May 1973

Crossbow Arrow Injury of the Abdomen

Author Affiliations

Bakersfield, Calif
From the Department of Surgery, Kern County Hospital, Bakersfield, Calif.

Arch Surg. 1973;106(5):721. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350170081021

A 26-year-old woman attempted suicide by firing a crossbow into her abdomen. The arrow, which had penetrated into the liver about 5 inches, was removed at laparotomy. The patient had an uneventful postoperative course with the recommendation of psychiatric care.