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Joint and Long-Bone Gunshot Injuries
Paul J. Dougherty, MD1; Rahul Vaidya, MD2; Craig D. Silverton, DO3; Craig Bartlett, MD4; Soheil Najibi, MD3
1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Michigan, 2912 Taubman Center, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. E-mail address: pauldoug@med.umich.edu
2 Detroit Receiving Hospital, 4201 Saint Antoine Street, Detroit, MI 48201
3 Henry Ford Hospital, 2799 West Grand Boulevard, K-12, Detroit, MI 48202
4 University of Vermont, 192 Tilley Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403
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Printed with permission of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. This article, as well as other lectures presented at the Academy's Annual Meeting, will be available in March 2010 in Instructional Course Lectures, Volume 59. The complete volume can be ordered online at www.aaos.org, or by calling 800-626-6726 (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Central time).
Disclosure: The authors did not receive any outside funding or grants in support of their research for or preparation of this work. Neither they nor a member of their immediate families received payments or other benefits or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity.

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2009 Apr 01;91(4):980-997
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The care of patients with gunshot wounds can be clinically challenging as a result of the injury severity and systems-based factors, yet relatively few reports concerning the care of these patients have been written. To place the magnitude of the problem in perspective, it should be noted that there are 60,000 to 80,000 nonfatal gunshot wounds annually in the United States1. In comparison, in the sixty-six months from March 19, 2003, through October 4, 2008, only 30,072 individuals sustained battlefield wounds during Operation Iraqi Freedom2. Clearly, gunshot wounds are an enormous problem and orthopaedic surgeons should be aware of these injuries and their treatment.
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