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17 March 2023 : Case report  Ukraine

A 16-Year-Old Ukrainian Boy Shot at Close-Range to the Back of the Neck with a Handgun Who Required Surgical Removal of a 9×18-mm Bullet Shell from the Left Posterior Maxilla and Recovered Following Physical Therapy

Challenging differential diagnosis, Diagnostic / therapeutic accidents, Management of emergency care, Rare disease, Clinical situation which can not be reproduced for ethical reasons

Viktor Konoplitskyi1ABCDF, Dmytro Dmytriiev1BCEG, Mykola Sidoryk1CF, Oleksandr Dobrovanov23AEFG*, Marian Vidiscak2ACDG

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.939413

Am J Case Rep 2023; 24:e939413


BACKGROUND: The conflict in Ukraine during the past year has resulted in increased deaths and injuries to soldiers and civilians from military weapons and large and small caliber firearms. Unlike clinicians in some Western countries, until recently, clinicians working in Ukraine hospitals had little experience managing patients with gunshot wounds.

CASE REPORT: A 16-year-old boy was admitted as an emergency following a gunshot wound to the back of the neck from a Makarov pistol. The gun was reported to have been fired at a distance of more than 15 cm. Imaging showed the 9-mm bullet hit the cervical spine, causing nerve root involvement at C4 to C7, traveled upwards, and lodged in the left posterior maxilla. On examination, the patient had facial asymmetry and paralysis of the left shoulder, arm, hand, and wrist and was in pain and shock. Intubation and emergency surgery were performed, with the removal of a 9×18-mm bullet shell from the pterygopalatine fossa, deep to the infratemporal fossa, and posterior to the maxilla. The patient underwent postoperative physical therapy and continues to improve his physical function.

CONCLUSIONS: This report has shown the importance of immediate evaluation of gunshot wounds so that surgery can be planned and performed rapidly, with a view to postoperative recovery and active physical therapy.

Keywords: Adult Children, Surgery Department, Hospital, weapons, Wounds, Gunshot



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American Journal of Case Reports eISSN: 1941-5923
American Journal of Case Reports eISSN: 1941-5923