Lung Injury Similar to Blast Lung in a Case of Shotgun Wound of the Head
American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, 08/17/2012
Fitzpatrick–Swallow VL et al. – Primary blast lung injury after explosions has been well described in the literature. A case of injury to the lung, after a shotgun wound to the head, similar to primary blast lung, is presented. Histological appearances of the lung revealed alveolar over distension, rupture and intra–alveolar hemorrhage. Primary blast lung injury is considered the reserve of high–order explosives; however, this case reveals similar injuries from a shotgun (low–order explosive), which has not been reported before to the best of the knowledge.