Contact gunshot wound of the head: Diagnosis after surgical debridement of the wound

J. A. Prahlow, J. J. Barnard

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Abstract

A case of homicidal contact gunshot wound of the head is described. The victim survived approximately 1 day and one-half following the shooting, during which time the bullet was recovered during surgery the injuries were 'well-documented', and surgical debridement of the wound destroyed any visible evidence of gunshot residue on the scalp or underlying bone. Autopsy revealed a skull fragment with soot deposition within the depths of the injured brain, allowing an accurate determination of range-of-fire. The case reiterates the importance of performing autopsies on all homicides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-158
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Forensic Medicine
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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