Bullet or Bite—A Contribution to the Morphogenesis of Gunshot Dermal Injury

    Volume 31, Issue 4 (October 1986)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 October 1986

    Page Count: 8


    Adelson, L
    Pathologist and chief deputy coroner, Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office, Cleveland, OH

    (Received 31 December 1985; accepted 15 January 1986)

    Abstract

    Histopathologic studies of dermal dog bites revealed changes identical with those observed in distant gunshot skin entrance wounds and in a presternal skin stab wound made by a screwdriver. The similarity of the epithelial and collagen changes produced by these three totally different traumatizing, perforating agencies indicate that it is the bullet's penetrating and crushing power, and not its caloric content, that is responsible for the characteristic dermal collagen changes noted in these common injuries.


    Paper ID: JFS11929J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11929J

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