Musculoskeletal pellet gun injuries; report from a conflict zone

Towseef A. Bhat, Aejaz A. Bhat, Aabid H. Sofi, Irshad Ahmad, Amara Gulzar
2017 International Journal of Research in Orthopaedics  
<p class="abstract"><strong>Background:</strong> <span lang="EN-IN">Pellet gun used by law enforcement agencies have the potential to cause grevious or life threatening injuries as metallic projectiles fired at high speeds from pellet gun have potential to damage strongest structure like bone.</span>The objective of the study was t<span lang="EN-IN">o evaluate musculoskeletal pellet gun injuries in patients.</span></p><p class="abstract"><strong>Methods:</strong> <span lang="EN-IN">This study
more » ... EN-IN">This study was conducted over two years involving 88 patients</span>.<strong></strong></p><p class="abstract"><strong>Results:</strong> <span lang="EN-IN">A significant number of patients had grevious musculoskeletal pellet gun injuries. 50 patients had superficial injuries, 11 patients had fractures, 5 had nerve injuries, 7 had tendon injuries and 15 had intra-articular pellets. </span></p><p class="abstract"><strong>Conclusions:</strong> <span lang="EN-IN">Pellet guns can cause grevious musculoskeletal injuries which can leave the victim with lifelong disability.</span></p>
doi:10.18203/issn.2455-4510.intjresorthop20173616 fatcat:6y6cnoge75g4tmjcbgaa5iafee