Man Shot By An Air Rifle In The Arm?

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Hello, I want to ask r nMy husband was shot by an air rifle, a stray bullet in his arm. Then we did an X-ray to see where the bullet was embedded, it’s just that my husband was reluctant to do an operation to remove the bullet, because the bullet was embedded in the middle of the arm, and if doing the operation would damage the existing tissue. According to the doctor where my husband was X-rayed ,,,, he said the bullet could come out / appear (bang) on ​​the arm later, is it true ,,,,,,, ??? I am still doubtful that I am afraid of an infection in my husband’s arm if there is no surgery … ,,,, please help

1 Answer:

Good afternoon, thanks for the question


Corpus alienum or foreign bodies in the body due to many causes can cause negative reactions in the body from local inflammation in the surrounding tissue to the condition of sepsis where the infection has spread in the blood.


Gunshot wounds are caused by bullets or projectiles that enter the body's tissues due to the large amount of energy from the shotgun. Gunshot wounds can cause severe injuries including:


1. Heavy bleeding due to injury to blood vessels that are not treated quickly


2. Damage to the organs and tissues around the wound


3. Damage to the bones around the wound


4. Infection


5. Paralysis if it causes nerve injury


Definitive treatment of foreign bodies in any part of the body must be evacuated for gunshot wounds carried out by surgical methods, either under the influence of local or general anesthesia in the operating room in accordance with medical conditions and other complications.


If the location of a foreign body is lodged in muscle tissue it is possible that it cannot be spontaneously expressed by the body, so that aggressive action is needed to remove it. Surgery will indeed cause injury due to incisions and other measures. However, it must be known that the action was carried out intentionally and made as physiologically as possible and afterwards the wound was approximated by a sterile action so that tissue healing could occur optimally.


If adequate measures are not taken immediately, slowly but surely complications will arise due to the body's natural reaction in responding to something foreign in the body.


Consult with a surgeon for your husband's current condition. The sooner the better to prevent complications that may occur.


That's all, hope you can help. Wassalam, Dr. Farah


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