Intra-abdominal injury from extra-peritoneal ballistic trauma

Injury. 2014 Apr;45(4):655-8. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2012.07.191. Epub 2012 Aug 11.


Over the last century sporadic reports have described intra-abdominal injury without penetration of the abdominal cavity but the underlying mechanism of energy transfer appears variable. This article reviews the 19 documented cases of this phenomenon and discusses the mechanism of energy transfer in both primary blast injury and ballistic injury that may be responsible.

Keywords: Ballistic trauma; Extra-peritoneal; Intra-abdominal injury.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Injuries / physiopathology*
  • Blast Injuries / physiopathology*
  • Blood Pressure
  • Colon / injuries*
  • Colon / physiopathology
  • Energy Transfer
  • Female
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Thoracic Injuries / physiopathology*
  • World War I
  • World War II