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Screwdriver assaults and intracranial injuries

Abstract

Four patients with intracranial penetrating injuries from screwdrivers are presented. Two cases were fatal; the others were left with functional deficits. In two of the patients a penetrating injury was not suspected initially because the history was limited and the significance of the small entry wounds were not appreciated. Unless these wounds are carefully examined a penetrating injury is easily overlooked.

  • skull injury
  • brain injury
  • penetrating wound

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