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Citation

Hessler C, Hamel W, Kluge S, Mayer U, Grzyska U, Westphal M, Püschel K. Arch. Kriminol. 2012; 229(3-4): 90-95.

Vernacular Title

Tödliche Armbrustverletzung im Jugendalter

Affiliation

Klinik für Neurochirurgie des Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2012, Verlag Schmidt-Romhild)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

22611907

Abstract

The authors present the case of a 14-year-old boy who died while handling a crossbow, which was a gift from a friend's mother. The bolt passed through the right nostril, penetrated the sinus sphenoidalis, the brain stem, the left occipital lobe and the occipital calvaria. Immediately after the accident, the victim was taken to a maximum care hospital. In spite of neurosurgical treatment and intensive care the victim died 4 days later. The case presented demonstrates that crossbows are not suitable as toys for underage persons, as they are deadly weapons which can cause serious penetrating injuries. In Germany, no license is required to buy and/or possess crossbows. In the authors' opinion, legal restrictions on the sale of crossbows and a special training of the users would be reasonable measures to reduce such accidents.


Language: de

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