Images in Neurosurgery

Don’t Tase Me, Bro!

A 24-year-old man being chased by police was hit with a Taser in his back. The Taser barb became lodged in the patient’s back and could not be removed at the bedside. He demonstrated no neurological deficits on examination. Computed tomography (CT) imaging demonstrated that the barb was lodged in the spinous process of T11. The patient was taken to the operating room for removal of the Taser barb. The procedure was uncomplicated. The patient was discharged and never returned for follow-up.

Submitted by:

Kunal Gupta, MD, PhD and Khoi D. Than, MD
Department / University: Neurological Surgery / Oregon Health & Science University Address: C8HN, 3303 S.W. Bond Ave., Portland, OR 97239

Figure 1: Taser barb entry site in patient's back


Figure 2: Axial CT image demonstrating Taser barb lodged in spinous process of T11.


Figure 3: Sagittal CT imaging demonstrating Taser barb lodged in spinous process of T11.