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.
Babin RW, Konrad HR. Gunshot Injuries to the Infratemporal Space. Arch Otolaryngol. 1974;100(4):279–282. doi:10.1001/archotol.1974.00780040289008
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