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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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ARGUELLO BORBON, Kimberly. Migration of a bullet from a gunshot wound in the urinary tract: A case report with Legal Medicine approach. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2021, vol.38, n.1, pp.38-45. ISSN 2215-5287.

Migration of a bullet through the urinary tract and spontaneous expulsion through the urinary meatus is an uncommon event. We present a case of a 24-year-old male, who suffered a gunshot wound with an entry hole in the right thigh, without an exit hole, and the projectile lodged in the pelvis was observed by radiography, two months and a half later the patient presented to the emergency service with the projectile located in the urethra, which was removed through the urinary meatus without complications. A review of the literature on migration of bullet projectiles was made.

Keywords : Bullet; projectile migration; wandering projectile; gunshot wound; bladder trauma.

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