Bullets from a variety of guns.
Transmission of kinetic energy to tissue; force equals 1/2 the product of mass and velocity squared.
Injury depends on how much force is applied over how much area to what kind of tissue.
Energy from the bullet will be spread along its path, not just at the entry point,
Epidemic problem in the U.S. with >30,000 deaths/annum
Particular problem in children (accidental deaths) and young adults (homicide)
|General Gross Description|
Entrance wound characteristically small and round if no deflection by rib.
Disruption of the tissue with hemorrhage.
Exit wounds much larger with more ragged edges.
|General Microscopic Description|
Disruption of parenchyma
Cotran RS, Kumar V, Robbins SL. Robbins Pathologic Basis of Disease. 5th edition. W.B. Saunders; Philadelphia. 1994. p. 399.
Pathology, 2nd edition: Rubin E, Farber JL (eds). Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott, 1994, pp. 318-319.
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||Synopsis by: Melinda Sanders M.D. (T28000E94710)