Management of gunshot wounds to the hand: A literature review

Tolga Turker, Nicole Capdarest-Arest

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Hand trauma resulting from firearms is becoming more common in civilian life. In the past, as in wartime, infection was a main source of concern following firearm-related hand injuries, whereas in current civilian life with modern medical care, infection rates are actually low for such injuries. As infection is now of lesser concern, the focus should shift to improve functional outcomes. This review summarizes available literature regarding the management of gunshot wounds to the hand, with particular focus on functional outcomes. In conducting this review, we found that there is not comprehensive information regarding management of gunshot wounds to the hand, and literature discussing functional recovery of the hand is limited. Given the current evidence related to management of gunshot wounds to the hand, we believe that early debridement, antibiotic treatment, reconstruction, and rehabilitation offer patients the best chance for full functional recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1641-1650
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Bone reconstruction
  • functional recovery
  • gunshot wound
  • hand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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