Korean J Neurotrauma.  2018 Apr;14(1):32-34. 10.13004/kjnt.2018.14.1.32.

Paraplegia Following Spinal Cord Contusion from an Indirect Gunshot Injury

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Harlem Hospital Center, Columbia University, New York, USA. khurram112@gmail.com

Abstract

Spinal cord injuries are debilitating and life threatening. Paraplegia due to direct traumatic gunshot injury to the spinal cord is common. The most common cause of spinal cord injury is road traffic accidents. This is followed by spinal cord injury due to a fall from a height. Most of the spinal cord injuries due to gunshot wounds occur as a result of direct traumatic effects. We present a rare case of a 49-year-old male with trauma. He developed paraplegia after a gunshot wound injury to the neck and contusion to the spinal cord, with no direct trauma. Paraplegia due to direct gunshot injury can have many different outcomes. In our case, the patient was managed conservatively, and the outcome was favorable.

Keyword

Paraplegia; Spinal cord; Wounds, gunshot

MeSH Terms

Accidents, Traffic
Contusions
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Neck
Paraplegia*
Spinal Cord Injuries*
Spinal Cord*
Wounds, Gunshot
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