Gunshot wounds of the neck are rather common, especially buckshot wounds as result of hunting accidents. Most buckshot injuries result in the shot being lodged in the cervical soft tissues and, except for pain, are relatively asymptomatic. Unless easily palpable, it is many time fruitless to search the soft tissues in hopes of removal of the shot. Small foreign bodies such as this are notoriously evasive to the surgeon's search. The following case is one in which a single "shot" entered the neck, lodged in the larynx, and was successfully extracted via the endoral route.
Report of Case
A 41-year-old white male patient was transferred to our hospital from another city after a "gunshot" wound of the neck. When first seen, the patient appeared in only minimal discomfort and was able to give the history that while hunting rabbits earlier that day, his hunting companion fired his shotgun at a
BERRY RZ, CARTER DS. Buckshot Wound of a Vocal Cord. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;67(5):624–625. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730010638023
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