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|
Bullet wounds cause entrance and exit wounds.
The entrance wound is usually smaller than the exit
wound, and smaller than the caliber of the
|General Microscopic Description|
Histologically, the wounds are characterized by
laceration and destruction of tissue and significant
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: T.V.Rajan, M.D., Ph.D. (T56000E94710)