International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 119, Issue 4, pp 217–222 | Cite as

Tissue defect at the gunshot entrance wound: what happens to the skin?

  • M. Große Perdekamp
  • B. Vennemann
  • D. Mattern
  • A. Serr
  • S. Pollak
Original Article


To investigate the question what happens to the tissue lost at the entrance wound, experimental studies were performed on composite models consisting of dyed pig skin and gelatin blocks. For the test shots to the skin–gelatin preparations, cartridges calibre .38 spec. with different bullet types (round nose, hollow point, flat nose, truncated cone) were used. In all shots, a multitude of coloured skin particles were macroscopically discernible along the bullet tracks. In addition, small cell aggregations could be demonstrated microscopically even in those sections of the bullet paths which did not show skin fragments visible to the naked eye. The distribution of the skin particles showed certain peculiarities depending on the type of projectile.


Gunshot wound Entrance hole Bullet track 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Große Perdekamp
    • 1
  • B. Vennemann
    • 1
  • D. Mattern
    • 2
  • A. Serr
    • 3
  • S. Pollak
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Legal MedicineUniversity Hospital FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.Institute of PathologyUniversity Hospital FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Medical Microbiology and HygieneUniversity Hospital FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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