There are more than 200 million private firearms in the United States today. Firearm-associated deaths are the second leading cause of mortality for men 1 to 38 years of age. There are many studies in the literature concerning the management of high-velocity gunshot injuries to the head and neck. However, there are no studies in the English language literature concerning the management of isolated low-velocity gunshot wounds to the paranasal sinuses. We retrospectively reviewed 35 patients treated for low- velocity gunshot wounds of the paranasal sinuses between 1985 and 1994 at Kings County Hospital Center. The injuries sustained by these patients were less severe than previously reported for high-velocity missile or shotgun injuries. The management of these injuries is outlined with emphasis on (1) indications for angiographic studies, (2) airway management, and (3) indications for operative removal of bullet fragments.
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