Abdominal gunshot wounds. An urban trauma center's experience with 300 consecutive patients.

@article{Feliciano1988AbdominalGW,
  title={Abdominal gunshot wounds. An urban trauma center's experience with 300 consecutive patients.},
  author={David V. Feliciano and Jon M. Burch and V Spjut-Patrinely and Kenneth L. Mattox and G. L. Jordan},
  journal={Annals of surgery},
  year={1988},
  volume={208 3},
  pages={362-70}
}
From July 1983 through December 1987, 300 consecutive patients with penetrating gunshot wounds of the abdomen causing visceral or vascular injuries were treated. Resuscitative thoracotomy was required in 20 patients (6.6%), and only two survived. The most commonly injured organs were the small bowel (60%), colon (41.6%), liver (29.3%), vascular structures (24.6%), stomach (17.3%), and kidney (17.0%). The overall survival rate for the series was 88.3%; however, if only the 226 patients without… CONTINUE READING
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