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October 1974

Gunshot Injuries to the Infratemporal Space

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, UCLA Center for the Health Sciences, Los Angeles, and the Division of Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery, Harbor General Hospital, Torrance, Calif.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1974;100(4):279-282. doi:10.1001/archotol.1974.00780040289008

Gunshot wounds to the infratemporal space have been described infrequently. In a series of 12 such injuries, two patients required exploration for vascular or visceral injuries.

No unexplored patient developed serious sequellae. The incidence of subsequent trismus was 50%. This series would suggest that the general rule of obligatory neck exploration for penetrating wounds may not apply to this injury.

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