Shotgun Injury – Multiple Pellets

Authors: P. Hejna ;  J. Pleskot
Authors‘ workplace: Ústav soudního lékařství FN a LF UK, Hradec Králové
Published in: Soud Lék., 54, 2009, No. 1, p. 8-14


Both typical and less frequent features of gunshot wounds caused by shotguns are reported in the following article. The pattern of shotgun injury predominantly depends on gauge, choke, number and diameter of used pellets, muzzle-victim distance and on character of the afflicted area of the body. Characteristic ballistic properties of shotgun pellets, their wounding potential and significance in forensic patology are presented.

gunshot wound – shotgun – shotgun injury – terminal ballistics


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