Volume 36, Issue 5 (September 1991)

    External Beveling of Cranial Gunshot Entrance Wounds

    (Received 10 December 1990; accepted 31 January 1991)


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    Entrance gunshot wounds of the skull generally have internal beveling. External beveling has been previously described in association with internal beveling (keyhole defect) and with wounds from handgun projectiles. An accidental shooting is described in which a 22-year-old male sustained a perforating gunshot wound of the head at distant range from a 5.56-mm (.223-caliber) fully jacketed rifle round. Although the entrance wound had symmetrical external beveling, misinterpretation of this particular entrance wound as an exit wound would have been difficult.

    Author Information:

    Peterson, BL
    Regional medical examiner, Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner, and staff forensic pathologist, Department of Laboratory Medicine (Anatomic Pathology Division) and c/o Clinical Investigation Department Naval Hospital, San Diego, CA

    Stock #: JFS13181J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13181J

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    Title External Beveling of Cranial Gunshot Entrance Wounds
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30