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Selective Non-Operative Management of Ballistic Abdominal Solid Organ Injury in the Deployed Military Setting
  1. AM Wood, Specialty Registrar 3 in Orthopaedics & Trauma1,
  2. K Trimble, Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon2,
  3. MA Louden, Consultant General Surgeon3 and
  4. J Jansen, Consultant Surgeon4
  1. 1Edinburgh Orthopaedic Trauma Unit, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
  2. 2MDHU Derriford, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
  3. 3306 Hospital Support Medical Regiment, Royal Army Medical Corps (V)
  4. 4144 Parachute Medical Squadron, 16 Medical Regiment, Royal Army Medical Corps (V)
  1. Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill, Aberdeen AB25 2ZN j.o.jansen{at}


This article describes the non-operative management of five patients with ballistic abdominal solid organ injuries in a role 2E medical treatment facility. The selective non-operative management of ballistic abdominal solid organ injury is an accepted management strategy in high-volume civilian trauma centres, and appears to be equally safe and effective in the deployedmilitary setting.

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