Spinal cord injury due to penetrating missiles

Avi Ohry*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Gunshot wound of the spine is a major cause of spinal cord injury among US civilian population, members of the military armed conflict personnel, or civilians injured in terrorists attacks. The bullet fragments cause damage to the spinal cord even without penetrating the spinal canal. Concussive effects, heat, fractures or vascular injury may cause the neurological damage. Unfortunately, bullet or shrapnel removal or laminectomy do not change the prognosis. In this article we review the historical background, the Israeli experience, ballistic-forensic considerations, complications, treatment and prognosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)685-687+717
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Complications
  • Gunshot wound
  • Prognosis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Treatment


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