Delayed embolization of a shotgun pellet from the chest to the middle cerebral artery

J Trauma. 1995 Nov;39(5):1006-9. doi: 10.1097/00005373-199511000-00034.


Embolization of metallic missiles into the cerebral circulation is a rare occurrence. Most of the cases reported were due to gunshot wounds and shotgun wounds to the neck and face. Embolization from injuries sustained to the chest are extremely rare. We report a case of delayed pellet embolization to the middle cerebral artery resulting from a shotgun injury to the left chest.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Foreign-Body Migration / complications
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Embolism and Thrombosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Intracranial Embolism and Thrombosis / etiology*
  • Male
  • Thoracic Injuries / complications*
  • Thoracic Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Wounds, Gunshot / complications*
  • Wounds, Gunshot / diagnostic imaging