Delayed lead pulmonary emboli after a gunshot wound to the head: Case report

Betsy D. Hughes, John R. Vender

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Bullet fragment emboli are uncommon, and there have been only a few reports of intracranial-to-extracranial migration of these fragments. The authors present the case of an 11-year-old girl who was struck in the suboccipital region with a "soft nose" bullet fired at close range. Several months later, the patient was found to have asymptomatic pulmonary emboli. Similar cases are reviewed, and a management strategy is recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-234
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Issue numberSUPPL. 3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2006



  • Bullet embolism
  • Cranial venous sinus
  • Gunshot wound
  • Mastoid bone
  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Pulmonary embolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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