Air Gun Bullet Related Lung Injury
Ravi Sharma1, Vijendra Chaturvedi2, Neha Jangid2, Sunita Ojha3.
11Department of Pediatrics & Pediatric Critical Care, Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India,
2Department of Pediatrics & Pediatric Critical Care, Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India,
3Department of Pediatric Surgery, Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
Abstract
The popularity of air gun is increasing. They are often viewed as toys rather than potentially lethal weapons. A 2-year-old girl child was referred from outside facility for alleged air gun metallic bullet injury chest. The elder sibling, 6-year-old shot towards the girl’s left side chest while playing. Patient underwent right thoracoscopic foreign body removal from right upper lobe peripheral part of posterior segment. We conclude that air gun shot injuries should not be considered non-fatal and such air gun should be kept away from reach of children, never to be placed loaded when not in use. The fatality of metallic bullet injury used for air gun depends on angulations at which it is fired and wound path structures.

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