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[Clinical Picture] A lucky escape during a hunting accident

A 59-year-old man came to our hospital saying that he had been accidentally shot by a fellow hunter during an expedition to the local moorland. He was alone when he walked into the department. During physical examination he was found to be asymptomatic and all his vital signs were stable. His blood pressure was 125/75 mm Hg, and he did not complain of any dizziness or shortness of breath. Furthermore, no active bleeding was noted. An emergency whole-body CT (figure) was done and showed that shotgun pellets were evenly distributed in his body—from his knees to his neck—and that some had penetrated internally to affect several organs.

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