Low-velocity gunshot injury of the abdominal aorta managed by debridement and re-anastomosis : a case report
Please cite as follows: Du Toit, D. F. & Greeff, M. 1986. Low-velocity gunshot injury of the abdominal aorta managed by debridement and re-anastomosis: A case report. South African Medical Journal, 69:139-140.
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Penetrating injuries to the abdominal aorta are highly lethal despite increasing numbers of reports of successful treatment. A case of survival after a 0,25-calibre gunshot wound of the abdominal aorta is presented. The patient, a young male, also had associated injuries to the liver, stomach and jejunum. He was managed by vigorous resuscitation, emergency laparotomy, aortic debridement and end-to-end re-anastomosis. He was discharged from hospital on the 12th postoperative day.