The wandering bullet

Surg Clin North Am. 1977 Feb;57(1):97-109. doi: 10.1016/s0039-6109(16)41136-9.


Most bullets which enter the body usually exit or lodge within the soft tissues having traveled in a straight line. Management of such patients is usually a simple matter of repairing the injuries incurred during the passage of the bullet. Emphasis must be placed on the initial management of the patient and his life-threatening injuries. Secondly, localization of the bullet should be done. Lastly, determination as to whether the bullet should be removed should be based on the hazards of its staying in its present position versus the hazards of its attempted removal.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aorta / injuries
  • Embolism / diagnosis
  • Embolism / etiology
  • Esophagus / injuries
  • Foreign-Body Migration / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pericardium / injuries
  • Pleura / injuries
  • Radiography
  • Spinal Canal / injuries
  • Trachea / injuries
  • Urinary Tract / injuries
  • Vena Cava, Inferior / injuries
  • Wounds, Gunshot* / physiopathology