Intra-abdominal Injuries in Nonpenetrating Gunshot Wounds of the Abdominal Wall: Two Unusual Cases

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Intra-abdominal injuries of the bowel, mesentery, and mesenteric vessels were found at laparotomy in two patients with nonpenetrating gunshot wounds of the abdominal wall. The mechanism of wounding is thought to be the temporary cavity around the wound tract. The importance of complete angiographic investigation and early exploratory laparotomy is stressed.

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