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Gunshot wound of the fetus

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We report here a fetus, who was delivered via cesarean section in 32th gestational week from a 37-year-old mother and sustained multiple gunshots. Post-natal evaluation revealed eight entry–exit holes and the baby was transferred to our clinic.Upon admission, peripheral pulses were nonpalpable, appropriate fluid administration and blood transfusion were conducted and further examinations revealed bladder perforation. Bladder was repaired over a suprapubic catheter and bullet holes were primarily sutured. Left foot drop was observed on follow up and the patient was discharged with no further complication. Although the maternal and the fetal morbidity and mortality rates are high in intrauterine gunshot wounds, appropriate management may provide survival as seen in our case.

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Gun, F., Erginel, B., Günendi, T. et al. Gunshot wound of the fetus. Pediatr Surg Int 27, 1367–1369 (2011).

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