A method of determining peritoneal penetration in gunshot wounds to the abdomen.


BACKGROUND It has previously been shown that 98% of gunshot wounds that penetrate the peritoneal cavity cause injuries that require surgical repair. Many gunshot wounds in the vicinity of the abdomen (GSWA) may actually be tangential and not penetrate the peritoneal cavity at all. Patients with such wounds may not require laparotomy. It is important to… (More)


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