In-utero gunshot wound to the head. Use of intraoperative ultrasonography for localization of an intracerebral projectile

Mark N. Weissman, Barth A. Green, Berta Morse

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Approaching full gestational age, a 1700-g male fetus sustained a penetrating gunshot wound to the left parietal region of the head while in utero. The child was delivered by emergency caesarean section. Initially in profound fetal shock and with almost no neurological function, the child was eventually stabilized. A posttraumatic intracerebral porencephalic cyst developed, with the projectile moving freely within the confines of the cyst cavity. Six weeks after the initial injury, the patient underwent an operation for extraction of the projectile. The Neuro SectOR ATL ultrasound probe was used intraoperatively and was instrumental in determining the exact position of the intracerebral projectile.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-350
Number of pages4
JournalSurgical neurology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1984



  • gunshot wound
  • head
  • In utero
  • intraoperative real time ultrasound treatment
  • posttraumatic porencephaly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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