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December 1979

Penetrating Wounds of the Head and Neck

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1979;105(12):721-725. doi:10.1001/archotol.1979.00790240035008

• Wounding capability of bullets is primarily related to velocity. Bullet mass and shape, and specific gravity of body tissues being struck by the missile, are lesser factors. Seventy cases of penetrating wounds of the head and neck were treated during a six-year period. Vascular injuries were more common with neck wounds, while face and head injuries (extracranial) were similar to maxillofacial trauma. It is recognized that hemorrhage at the base of the skull is difficult to treat, and contemporary training in temporal bone and base of skull surgery is mandatory for the critical management of these wounds.

(Arch Otolaryngol 105:721-725, 1979)

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