The traveling pelvic bullet: a case of retrograde ballistic migration through the venous system

Justin S. Hatchimonji*, Shariq S. Raza, Niels D. Martin, Jeremy W. Cannon, Grace J. Wang, Julia D. Glaser

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Migration of a ballistic missile through the vasculature is rare but important to recognize. It can lead to diagnostic confusion and seemingly unexplainable bullet trajectories. We have described the case of a young man with a gunshot wound to the axillary vein and initial embolus to the inferior vena cava. The bullet subsequently migrated to the right common iliac vein, allowing for straightforward retrieval.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-591
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Endovascular retrieval
  • Foreign body embolus
  • Vascular trauma

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