Plastic bullets: significant risk of serious injury above the diaphragm

Injury. 1992;23(4):265-6. doi: 10.1016/s0020-1383(05)80013-0.


A series of 123 patients who attended a district general hospital in Belfast over a 14-year period from 1975, sustained 126 plastic bullet injuries, resulting in one death and several serious injuries. This report shows the significant association of serious injury and/or death from plastic bullets in which the impact is above diaphragmatic level.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Civil Disorders
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Northern Ireland
  • Plastics*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Thoracic Injuries / pathology*
  • Wounds, Gunshot / mortality
  • Wounds, Gunshot / pathology*


  • Plastics