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Characteristics of ballistic and blast injuries.

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Powers, DB; Delo, RI
Published in: Atlas Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am
March 2013

Ballistic injury wounds are formed by variable interrelated factors, such as the nature of the tissue, the compositional makeup of the bullet, distance to the target, and the velocity, shape, and mass of the of the projectile. This complex arrangement, with the ultimate outcome dependent on each other, makes the prediction of wounding potential difficult to assess. As the facial features are the component of the body most involved in a patient's personality and interaction with society, preservation of form, cosmesis, and functional outcome should remain the primary goals in the management of ballistic injury. A logical, sequential analysis of the injury patterns to the facial complex is an absolutely necessary component for the treatment of craniomaxillofacial ballistic injuries. Fortunately, these skill sets should be well honed in all craniomaxillofacial surgeons through their exposure to generalized trauma, orthognathic, oncologic, and cosmetic surgery patients. Identification of injured tissues, understanding the functional limitations of these injuries, and preservation of both hard and soft tissues minimizing the need for tissue replacement are paramount.

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Published In

Atlas Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am

DOI

EISSN

1558-4275

Publication Date

March 2013

Volume

21

Issue

1

Start / End Page

15 / 24

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Wounds, Gunshot
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Maxillofacial Injuries
  • Humans
  • Forensic Ballistics
  • Firearms
  • Facial Injuries
 

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Powers, D. B., & Delo, R. I. (2013). Characteristics of ballistic and blast injuries. Atlas Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am, 21(1), 15–24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cxom.2012.12.001
Powers, David B., and Robert I. Delo. “Characteristics of ballistic and blast injuries.Atlas Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am 21, no. 1 (March 2013): 15–24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cxom.2012.12.001.
Powers DB, Delo RI. Characteristics of ballistic and blast injuries. Atlas Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am. 2013 Mar;21(1):15–24.
Powers, David B., and Robert I. Delo. “Characteristics of ballistic and blast injuries.Atlas Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am, vol. 21, no. 1, Mar. 2013, pp. 15–24. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.cxom.2012.12.001.
Powers DB, Delo RI. Characteristics of ballistic and blast injuries. Atlas Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am. 2013 Mar;21(1):15–24.
Journal cover image

Published In

Atlas Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am

DOI

EISSN

1558-4275

Publication Date

March 2013

Volume

21

Issue

1

Start / End Page

15 / 24

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Wounds, Gunshot
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Maxillofacial Injuries
  • Humans
  • Forensic Ballistics
  • Firearms
  • Facial Injuries