Volume 38, Issue 3 (May 1993)

    Identification of Gunpowder in Healed Wounds

    (Received 27 July 1992; accepted 16 September 1992)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    A woman received a contact gunshot wound to the abdomen from a .22 caliber revolver. She recovered only to succumb to another gunshot wound six months later. The initial wound was dissected and multiple intact granules of round flake gunpowder were recovered. Cross sections of granules were clearly identifiable in histologic slides. Recovery of intact powder in remote wounds has not been previously described and may help classify the ammunition and weapon used to produce the injury.


    Author Information:

    Berryman, HE
    Assistant Professors and Instructor of Pathology, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN

    LeVaughn, MM
    Medical Examiner, Madisonville, KY

    Smith, OC
    Assistant Professors and Instructor of Pathology, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN

    Symes, SA
    Assistant Professors and Instructor of Pathology, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN


    Stock #: JFS13464J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13464J

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    Title Identification of Gunpowder in Healed Wounds
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