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South African Journal of Surgery

On-line version ISSN 2078-5151

S. Afr. j. surg. vol.46 n.2 Cape Town May. 2008

 

CASE REPORT

 

Missile embolism - pulmonary vein to systemic bullet embolism. A case report and review of the literature

 

 

Letlhogela M. NtlheI; Stephanus M. KomatiII; Pieter A. FourieIII; Alewyn P. RossouwIII

IF.C.S. (S.A.); Department of Surgery, Dr George Mukhari Hospital and University of Limpopo, Medunsa Campus, Pretoria
IIF.C.P. (S.A.); Private practice, Pretoria
IIIM.MED.; Private practice, Pretoria

 

 


SUMMARY

Missile embolism occurs very rarely. It was first reported by Thomas Davis in 1834, and only 153 cases had been reported up to 1988.1 Rich et ai. reported a 0.3% incidence in 7 500 cases of vascular injury in the Vietnam conflict.2 To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of pulmonary vein entry and internal carotid artery embolisation.


 

 

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