Gunshot wounds to the neck SOUTHERN MEDICAL JOURNAL Tender, G. C., Ratliff, J., Awasthi, D., Buechter, K. 2001; 94 (8): 830-832


Gunshot wounds to the neck are diagnostically and therapeutically challenging cases. We report such a case with vascular and neurologic injuries and describe the therapeutic options. Initial treatment is aimed at hemodynamic stabilization. Zone II neck injuries are managed selectively, and physical examination alone may dictate emergency surgical exploration. Spinal cord injury must be suspected and assessed clinically, as well as by computed tomography and angiography. Deteriorating or stable neurologic status and cord compression by bullet or bone fragments require surgical decompression. Improving neurologic status may be managed conservatively. In gunshot wounds to the neck, treatment should be individualized and multidisciplinary.

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