Transorbital stab penetrating brain injury. Report of a case

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Wellingson Silva Paiva
Felippe Saad
Eduardo Santamaria Carvalhal
Robson Luis Oliveira De Amorim
Eberval Gadelha Figuereido
Manoel Jacobsen Teeixera


INTRODUCTION: Penetrating injury of the skull and brain is relatively uncommon, representing about 0.4% of head injuries. In this paper the Authors describe a case of patient victim of transorbital stab with brain injury with good recovery and review the literature about cranial stab wound.

CASE REPORT: A 23-year-old man was involved in an altercation which resulted in the patient sustaining wounds to the head, with penetrating in left transorbital, affecting the eye. At arrival to the first trauma center the patient was conscient and complete responsive with 15 points in Glasgow Coma Scale, and motor deficit grade III. CT scan demonstrated left periventricular brain hematoma and supraorbital fracture. A four-vessel cerebral angiogram demonstrated no anormality. In this evolution patient presented good neurologic outcome.

CONCLUSION: In patients conscients with no surgical lesion like our patient, the hospital discharge must occurr after the angiogram have excluded intracranial vascular lesion.

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Paiva, Wellingson Silva, et al. “Transorbital Stab Penetrating Brain Injury. Report of a Case”. Annali Italiani Di Chirurgia, vol. 80, no. 6, Nov. 2009, pp. 463-5,
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