Sunday, November 4, 2007

Bouncing around in my head

A few nights ago I got to do a chest tube, which inspired me to read about penetrating trauma, which led to reading about gunshot wounds. Along the way I found some information about a particular mechanism of injury in gunshot wounds to the head: intracranial ricochet. This phenomenon can explain a discrepancy between the presumed path of the bullet and the patient's actual neurological findings.

I tell ya, emergency medicine never ceases to fascinate. Me, anyway. Other people may have less morbid fascinations.

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