Temporary Cavitation in High-Velocity Pulmonary Missile Injury

Joseph J. Amato*, Lawrence J. Billy, Ronald P. Gruber, Norman M. Rich

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Experiments performed at Edgewood Arsenal using high-speed photography and roentgenography document the phenomenon of temporary cavitation in lung parenchyma, which has not been demonstrated previously. This entity, which always occurs in high-velocity penetrating missile wounds, is different from the traumatic persistent cavity that may be a sequel to injury. Nonpenetrating high-velocity missile injury, blast injury, or even high-velocity impact injuries may also lead to permanent traumatic cavity formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-570
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1974
Externally publishedYes


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