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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Gunshot Wounds

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What are the chances of dying from gunshot wound?

What are the chances of dying from gunshot wound?

Where?: clearly it depends on where one was shot. Heart ? Pretty high. Brain. ? Also high. Little toe? Not so high ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

Wound = injury to tissue. May include ...Read more


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Are gunshot wound infections always fatal?

Are gunshot wound infections always fatal?

Not any more: In the civil war, leg wound infections from gunshot wounds were so lethal that the best treatment was to cut the leg off. Today unless the bullet destroys a vital organ or blood vessel death from infection usually isn't a problem due to a variety of antibiotics and modern surgical techniques, but i still don't recommend getting shot! ...Read more

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Which type of infection follows an untreated gunshot wound?

Velocity? Organs?: As dr. Miller points out the bullet or gun may not be clean and the presence of bacteria may depend on the velocity and energy of the bullet. However penetrating injuries to the bowel can cause devastating fecal soilage of wounds with fatal consequences. Other concerns include tetanus status. Your risk of infection is also related to your overall health and vulnerability and immune state. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of nail laceration bad?

Are the symptoms of nail laceration bad?

Depends: Depends on the severity. The symptoms can be very bad if not treated. Have it evaluated and appropriately treated. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a puncture wound?

What are symptoms of a puncture wound?

Go to doctor!: Fever, pus from the puncture wound, swelling/redness that's worsening, pain that is unusual or out of proportion, bleeding, ...If in doubt , call your doctor. These symptoms may mean your infection is getting worse, and may require surgical debrided net or IV antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of puncture wound of the knee?

What are the most common symptoms of puncture wound of the knee?

Pain, blood, hole: A puncture wound of the knee will manifest as a hole which usually bleeds when fresh. It is generally painful unless very small. It is important to get a history of what caused the puncture to properly treat it. Besides washing out and using an antibiotic cream on the wound, some puncture wounds may need to be treated with a tetanus shot. ...Read more

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What are phases of wound healing?

What are phases of wound healing?

4 stages: Hemostasis, which means to stop bleeding, Inflammatory, which means a body response to remove damaged cells and prevent infection, proliferative, which occurs when cells make new proteins to heal the wound defect, and finally maturation, which is resolution of the inflammation (e.g. redness and swelling), and a contracture of the wound (decreasing size). Takes up to a year for all this to occur. ...Read more

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What is involved in debridement of pressure ulcers, decubitus?

What is involved in debridement of pressure ulcers, decubitus?

A cleanout and...: Often pressure sores are bottle shaped, with a small skin opening overlying a larger cavity that may extend to an underlying pressure point. This causes dead tissue to build up in the cavity, which is an excellent growing medium for bacteria. Debridement is removal of dead tissue and debris and enlargement of the skin opening: this allows easier cleaning and/or flap closure when the wound is clean. ...Read more

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Dangers of untreated laceration and infection?

Dangers of untreated laceration and infection?

Worse outcome: Lacerations may leave vital structures like tendons, vessels and nerves uncovered. More superficial lacerations may simply have a worse scar if allowed to heal by secondary intention. Surgical debridement and appropriate cleansing of the wound are also potentially necessary. Wound infection can lead to increased morbidity and e en death if left untreated. ...Read more

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What are long-term complications of traumatic injury to the lungs?

What are long-term complications of traumatic injury to the lungs?

Most heal completely: Most injuries to the lungs heal with very little after effect. In a few cases where there has been blood in the chest cavity ( hemothorax), scarring can occur that limits lung function. This causes shortness of breath and fatigue with exertion that did not previously cause problems. If this is the case, see a chest surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the immediate complications of traumatic amputation?

What are the immediate complications of traumatic amputation?

Pain and rehab: The loss of any body part to trauma is difficult. The immediate complications are usually due to wound healing issues and loss of function. During early healing, there are the issues of pain management and the possibility of wound infection. Once those have been taken care of, it is a matter of getting appropriate therapy to rehabilitate and return to normal function as quickly as possible. ...Read more

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What diseases cause poor healing wounds (other than diabete)?

What diseases cause poor healing wounds (other than diabete)?

Many causes: Venous disease of the legs, severe infection rare (necrotising fasciitis, aids), auto immune (vasculitis, bullous pemphigoid, pyoderma gangrenosum), unrelieved pressure, arterial disease, poor protein intake, dialysis (calciphylaxis), lipodermatosclerosis, skin cancer, injected drug abuse (methamphetamine), and many less comon causes. ...Read more

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Can getting multiple injuries affect the healing time of any individual injury?

Can getting multiple injuries affect the healing time of any individual injury?

Yes: Multiple injuries adds more stress on your body as it is trying to heal. Your body must utilize limited resources in order to heal, if the injuries are multiplied, this may cause more time needed for the body to heal itself. ...Read more

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How are head injuries a cause of alzheimers?

How are head injuries a cause of alzheimers?

Repetitive injury: Some of this comes from football and hockey players, who have experienced repetitive concussions and head injuries and eventually develop dementia at a young age. These clinical patterns mimic Alzheimer's, but the pathology is more localized to the brain surface with injury. In many pts, head injury increases the risk but does not CAUSE the problem. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of subungual hematoma bad?

Are the symptoms of subungual hematoma bad?

Sometimes: In most cases people will have these develop when they sustained minor trauma to the nail & may not feel it at all.However, moderate trauma like catching a finger in a door jam or other direct trauma can give rise to a pressurized/painful hematoma. I routinely open these in the office with a the heated pointed end of a paper clip.The hole releases the pressure & the pain leaves. ...Read more

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Can a knife wound cause gastrointestinal fistula?

Can a knife wound cause gastrointestinal fistula?

Yes: A knife wound to the abdomen is likely to cause a puncture to the intestines. When this happens the contents of the bowel can leak into the abdominal cavity. This requires immediate surgery to close the hole and wash out the contaminated abdomen. If there are many penetrating wounds or a delay in closure this can result in formation of a fistula-abnormal connection to the skin or other organ. ...Read more

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Are vascular conditions a common complication of injury?

Are vascular conditions a common complication of injury?

Must be ruled out: Vascular conditions must be ruled out as part of the injury evaluation and treatment. Vascular conditions after an injury are not uncommon; they often are missed because they're not suspected and don't have symptoms right away. A missed vascular condition after injury can be devastating. If you are injured, ask your doctor to evaluate you for a possible vascular condition. ...Read more

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What is the risk from open wound to wound contact in terms of HIV transmission?

What is the risk from open wound to wound contact in terms of HIV transmission?

Moist transmission: Hiv virus is best transmitted when there is contact between someone with the disease who has an open wound or whose moist mucous membranes (mouth, penis, vagina, anus) comes in direct contact with some one elses open wound or moist mucous membranes.The virus must stay in a moist environment to be transmitted. Toilet seats, door knobs, etc. Will not allow transmission.A moist environment is key ! ...Read more