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Jung and Kwon: Usefulness of C-Arm Fluoroscopy in Treating Patients Injured by a Shotgun


Shotgun injury, a rare event, is difficult to treat. Moreover, it is annoying and difficult to locate and remove bullets from patients using surgery. Here, we describe here a shotgun injury case wherein we removed the bullets using C-Arm fluoroscopy.


A 79-year-old male with no medical history was admitted to the emergency room with multiple shotgun injuries. He was mistakenly shot by a hunter hunting for a water deer. Upon admission, the patient was hemodynamically stable, but showed multiple shotgun injuries on the head, chest, abdomen, forearm, and leg (Fig. 1.). Further, he had hemoperitoneum and peritonitis because of bowel perforation and a mesentery injury. We accordingly planned for an emergency abdominal surgery followed by an orthopedic surgery (Fig. 2.). We employed C-Arm fluoroscopy to accurately locate the bullets in his body and to check for any remaining bullets. All bullets were removed using C-Arm fluoroscopy (Fig. 3.). The patient recovered without any complications.


High-velocity firearm bullets travel at a speed of >2000 ft/s and transfer high energy to the tissues, whereas those of low-velocity weapons travel at <1000 ft/s. Shotgun is an example of the latter type. A shotgun cartridge contains pellets of varying sizes (very small to large) [1]. Therefore, it is difficult to locate and remove these bullets from patients injured by a shotgun. In conclusion, C-Arm fluoroscopy is a useful modality for treating patients injured by a shotgun.


Conflict of Interest Statement

No potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported.

Fig. 1.
Plain X-Ray indicating bullet wounds at multiple sites
Fig. 2.
Surgical finding of a small bowel injury
Fig. 3.
Total bullets removed from the patient


1. Jaramillo PM, Montoya JA, Mejia DA, et al. Nonoperative Management of Multiple Penetrating Cardiac and Colon Wounds from a Shotgun: A Case Report and Literature Review. Case Rep Surg. 2018 Jan 24;2018: 7839465.
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