Gunshot wounds to the buttocks

Predicting the need for operation

George C. Velmahos, Demetrios Demetriades, Edward E. Cornwell, Juan A. Asensio, Howard Belzberg, Thomas V. Berne

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BACKGROUND: Gunshot wounds to the buttocks may cause significant intra- abdominal injuries. Policies of aggressive abdominal exploration or extensive diagnostic testing have been suggested to avoid delays in treatment and consequent morbidity. Our group has recently suggested that clinical examination is a safe and reliable tool for triaging patients with anterior and posterior abdominal gunshot wounds. OBJECTIVE: This study was undertaken to test the hypothesis that patients with gunshot wounds to the buttocks can be managed selectively on the basis of clinical findings. SETTING: A large academic Level I trauma center was the setting for this study. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fifty-nine consecutive patients, suffering from gunshot wounds to the buttocks with potential retroperitoneal trajectories, were managed during a 12-month period in our center. RESULTS: Based on clinical findings, 19 (32.2 percent) patients were operated on, with significant intraabdominal injuries in 17 (28.8 percent). The remaining 40 (67.8 percent) patients were successfully observed. There were no missed injuries or delays in diagnosis. Sensitivity and specificity of clinical examination for identifying significant intra-abdominal injury was 100 percent and 95.3 percent, respectively. CONCLUSION: Clinical examination is a safe method for selecting patients with gunshot wounds to the buttocks for nonoperative treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-311
Number of pages5
JournalDiseases of the Colon and Rectum
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1997
Externally publishedYes

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Gunshot Wounds
Buttocks
Abdominal Injuries
Trauma Centers
Wounds and Injuries
Morbidity
Sensitivity and Specificity
Therapeutics

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  • Gastroenterology

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Velmahos, G. C., Demetriades, D., Cornwell, E. E., Asensio, J. A., Belzberg, H., & Berne, T. V. (1997). Gunshot wounds to the buttocks: Predicting the need for operation. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, 40(3), 307-311. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02050420

Gunshot wounds to the buttocks : Predicting the need for operation. / Velmahos, George C.; Demetriades, Demetrios; Cornwell, Edward E.; Asensio, Juan A.; Belzberg, Howard; Berne, Thomas V.

In: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, Vol. 40, No. 3, 03.1997, p. 307-311.

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Velmahos, GC, Demetriades, D, Cornwell, EE, Asensio, JA, Belzberg, H & Berne, TV 1997, 'Gunshot wounds to the buttocks: Predicting the need for operation', Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 307-311. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02050420
Velmahos, George C. ; Demetriades, Demetrios ; Cornwell, Edward E. ; Asensio, Juan A. ; Belzberg, Howard ; Berne, Thomas V. / Gunshot wounds to the buttocks : Predicting the need for operation. In: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. 1997 ; Vol. 40, No. 3. pp. 307-311.
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