Bullet embolization cases are rare and even rarer are its retrograde migration in the veins. We report the case of a 14 year old male with a gunshot wound to the left side of his chest. CT scan revealed bilateral haemothorax and foreign body in the right common iliac vein. The patient was immediately taken to the operating theatre and median sternotomy performed. Bullet entry tear was found in the inferior vena cava however, the bullet was found lodged in the right common iliac vein and slipped down against the flow of blood. The bullet was left in situ and after the necessary repair the chest was closed and the patient shifted to the CICU and discharged after 4 days in stable condition. Patient was followed after 1 week and reassured and advised for one year follow-up.
JPMA: Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Khan, F. W.,
(2016). Retrograde bullet migration from inferior vena cava into right common iliac vein following gunshot: a case report. JPMA: Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 66(12), 1673-1675.
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