Received: April 22, 2007
Accepted: December 20, 2007
Ref: Sirohiwal, BL, Sirohiwal, D, Sharma, LK; Paliwal, PK, Sirohiwal, S. A Case of Impacted Bullet on a Rare Site. Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology [serial online], 2008; Vol. 9, No. 1 (January - June 2008): [about 8 p]. Available from: . Published : January 10, 2008, (Accessed:
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The authors present a rare case of a gunshot wound, where the bullet, after tracing a complicated course within the body came to lodge in the head of the femur.
A well built identified male of 20 years age was brought dead to Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi with a history of firearm injury. The different photographs taken during the post-mortem examination clearly point out the occurrence of crime and help in reconstruction of the path taken by the bullet in the body.
Dead body of a well built male with eyes closed and cornea hazy. Blood stains as streaks were present on the left lower front of abdomen & groin. Blood oozed out of the abdominal wound on slight pressure. Post-mortem staining was present on the back. Rigor mortis was in the developing phase.
Rifled firearm ammunition entry wound 1 cm× 0.9 cm × abdominal cavity deep, situated on the lower middle front of right abdomen, 2 cm from midline, 7.5 cm below level of umbilicus, 9 cm inner and at the level of right anterior iliac spine and 91 cm above the right heel. Abrasion collar was present, more so on inner aspect of the wound in an area of 0.2 cm. There was no singeing, blackening or tattooing present around the wound.
Peritoneum was showing a wound below the above injury with 2.5 liters of fluid blood in the peritoneal cavity. The caecum was showing a through and through wound. There was extensive effusion of blood in the retro-peritoneal space. All organs were pale and healthy. The big vessels of the abdominal cavity i.e. external and internal iliac were found to be injured. The psoas muscle showed a wound on its lower aspect near and above the acetabular area. Right iliac bone on upper aspect of acetabulum in its middle showed a bullet entry hole with radiating fractures on both sides. Acetabulum showed an exit wound in its upper middle aspect with shattering of bone pieces which were felt in the hip joint after opening it. The head of the femur showed an entry hole in its front inner middle aspect with the bullet traveling into the bone, found impacted and visible on its upper middle back aspect with a radiating fracture upto the neck. There was extensive effusion of blood into and around the hip joint.
The cause of death In this case was haemorrhage and shock consequent upon injuries to intestines and big vessels by firearm projectile discharged from a conventional rifled firearm from a distant range.
Bullets in some cases may come to rest within the body in rather obscure situations. It is imperative on the part of the forensic pathologist to look for the bullet, and even go for special examinations such as X-rays and MRI etc if the localization is difficult by ordinary means.
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