Year: 1986 Source: Neurosurgery, v.18, no.5, (May 1986), p.533-537 SIEC No: 19871165

The factors that the authors see as having a significant impact on the patient’s final outcome are the neurological examination at the time of admission, the radiological findings, and the motivation for the shooting. The authors propose a nonsurgical line of therapy for comatose patients with cerebral gunshot wounds where bone or metal fragments are visualized away from the bullet path on a computed tomography scan, particularly when these individuals are suicide victims.