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Distant-range wounds of the right side of the face (from a .357 Magnum revolver). Irregular, cruciform, or stellate entrance wounds can occur in individuals shot at intermediate or distant range, where gas plays no role in the production of a wound. These occur when the bullet perforates the skin over a bony prominence or curved area of bone covered by a thin layer of tightly stretched skin. The head is the most common site for such wounds. The forehead as it slopes back at the hairline, the top and back of the head, the supraorbital ridges, and the cheekbone are common sites.

Fig.1 Gunshot wound from a .357 Magnum.

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