Ballistic Trauma of Limbs
Léopold Lamah*, Damany Keita, Ibrahima Marie Camara, Mohamed Lamine Bah, Sidimé Sory, Mamadou Moustapha Diallo
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2017
First Page: 268
Last Page: 273
Publisher Id: TOORTHJ-11-268
Article History:Received Date: 13/12/2016
Revision Received Date: 14/02/2017
Acceptance Date: 16/02/2017
Electronic publication date: 31/03/2017
Collection year: 2017
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The objective of our study was to report the management and follow-up of a particular case of ballistic trauma and to do the literature review.
A 35-year-old patient, a trader who was the victim of a firearm accident under not very clear circumstances. He was admitted to the emergency department after 3 hours. Clinically, the patient had significant bleeding in the arm and was in a state of clouding of consciousness. We could notice on the right arm, a posterior large transfixing wound of 1 cm and a 6 cm one on the antero-internal side. The limb was cold with a small and thready pulse. Sensitivity was decreased in the radial nerve area. The radiograph showed bone comminution from the middle 1/3 to the superior 1/3 of the humeral diaphysis. The treatment was orthopedic (after debridement) by scapula-brachio-ante-brachiopalmar plaster splint with thoracic strap. The wound healed in 46 days and the patient resumed his activities after 11 months and 2 weeks.
The authors presented the value of using the scapulo-brachio-palmar plaster splints with thoracic strap in some severe upper limb trauma in the absence of the external fixator.