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South African Journal of Surgery

versão On-line ISSN 2078-5151
versão impressa ISSN 0038-2361

S. Afr. j. surg. vol.46 no.2 Cape Town Mai. 2008




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




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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