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Patrick Greiffenstein, Paul R Hastings
The late 1960s was a period of significant upheaval of social, cultural, and scientific norms. The generally accepted notion of mandatory laparotomy for all penetrating abdominal injuries was among those norms being called into question across the country and many advocated expectant management of selected patients presenting with this type of injury. Leaders of the surgical community published opinions on either side of the argument. The house staff at Charity Hospital during this period was among the busiest in the nation in treating these injuries, many of them inmates of the Louisiana State Penitentiary who used self-inflicted stab wounds to the abdomen as a means of temporary respite from the inhumane conditions in the prison...
February 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215932/a-new-method-for-traumatic-renal-injury-in-a-canine-model
#2
Zhi-Qiang Cao, Ming Liang, Shawn Xiang Li, Xin Li, Yaling Han
BACKGROUND: Selective transcatheter angiographic embolization (TAE) is an important method for efficient and accurate hemostasis in organ injuries during emergency settings. Sometimes, TAE cannot be performed on patients because of the limitations imposed by their condition. METHODS: A total of 32 canines with traumatic right renal wounds were prepared by stab injuries. The canines were randomly divided into four groups according to different treatments. Group A was the renal neoplasty group (n=8)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184363/a-comparison-of-self-inflicted-stab-wounds-versus-assault-induced-stab-wounds
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Sanghyun Ahn, Dong Jin Kim, Kwang Yeol Paik, Jae Hee Chung, Woo-Chan Park, Wook Kim, In Kyu Lee
BACKGROUND: Although self-inflicted and assault-induced knife injuries might have different mortality and morbidity rates, no studies have actually evaluated the importance of the cause of knife injuries in terms of patient outcomes and treatment strategies. OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to assess the difference between the outcomes of patients presenting with self-inflicted stab wounds (SISW) versus assault-induced stab wounds (AISW). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of the relevant electronic medical records was performed for the period between January 2000 and December 2012 for patients who were referred to the department of surgery for stab wounds by the trauma team...
November 2016: Trauma Monthly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168687/alteration-of-the-death-scene-after-self-stabbing-a-case-of-sharp-force-suicide-disguised-by-the-victim-as-a-homicide
#4
Guido Pelletti, Sindi Visentin, Claudio Rago, Giovanni Cecchetto, Massimo Montisci
This paper reports a case of a 72-year-old woman who was found dead in her bedroom with a 4 cm vertical stab wound in the abdomen. A bloodstained knife was found in the top drawer of her bedside table. The clothes worn by the victim showed no damage. A bloodstained vest and a sweater with frontal incisions were found far from the victim, in the bathroom and in the bedroom respectively. Several bloodstains were found in every room of the apartment. The evidence found during the forensic examination and, in particular, the Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, led the investigators to determine the manner of death, being consistent with a suicide with a long-lasting physical activity after self-stabbing...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126119/young-male-with-stab-wound
#5
Sarah Cuddy, Walentin Kolcow, Yvonne Smyth, Darren Mylotte
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074458/endovascular-treatment-of-peripheral-and-visceral-arterial-injuries-in-patients-with-acute-trauma
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Aysun Erbahçeci Salık, Filiz Saçan İslim, Barbaros Erhan Çil
BACKGROUND: The present study is an evaluation of the efficacy of endovascular treatment in emergency setting for patients with acute peripheral and visceral arterial injury secondary to penetrating or blunt trauma. METHODS: Twelve patients (11 men) aged 35.8±11.3 years (range: 18-56 years) with penetrating or blunt trauma who underwent endovascular treatment in our department between March 2010 and June 2014 for peripheral and visceral arterial injury were retrospectively reviewed...
November 2016: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049512/a-stab-wound-to-the-axilla-illustrating-the-importance-of-brachial-plexus-anatomy-in-an-emergency-context-a-case-report
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Diogo Casal, Teresa Cunha, Diogo Pais, Inês Iria, Maria Angélica-Almeida, Gerardo Millan, José Videira-Castro, João Goyri-O'Neill
BACKGROUND: Although open injuries involving the brachial plexus are relatively uncommon, they can lead to permanent disability and even be life threatening if accompanied by vascular damage. We present a case report of a brachial plexus injury in which the urgency of the situation precluded the use of any ancillary diagnostic examinations and forced a rapid clinical assessment. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of a Portuguese man who had a stabbing injury at the base of his left axilla...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982324/pediatric-vascular-trauma-in-manaus-amazon-brazil
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Cleinaldo DE Almeida Costa, José Emerson Dos Santos Souza, Antônio Oliveira DE Araújo, Flávio Augusto Oliva Melo, Isabelle Nascimento Costa, Paulo Henrique Klein
Objective: to assess the incidence of pediatric vascular injuries in patients treated at the Emergency Room of the Eastern Children's Hospital, in Manaus. Methods: we conducted a retrospective study of pediatric patients who suffered vascular injuries treated between February 2001 to February 2012. Results: we studied 71 patients, predominantly male (78.87%), with a mean age of 7.63 years. The predominant mechanism of injury was stab wound in 27 patients (38...
September 2016: Revista do Colégio Brasileiro de Cirurgiões
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27975128/-bilateral-eye-injuries-by-external-transversal-force
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K Geidel, S Schob, J D Unterlauft, P Wiedemann, P Meier
A 49-year-old female victim of violent crime with an acute bilateral loss of vision was referred to our hospital. The ophthalmological evaluation showed complete subconjunctival hemorrhage of both eyes, bilateral hemophthalmos and hypotonia of the left eye. These raised the suspicion of an occult scleral rupture. We immediately performed exploratory surgery and found a perforating scleral lesion of the left eye and a penetrating scleral lesion of the right eye. Furthermore, a small, cruciform wound was detected on the left temple...
December 14, 2016: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957748/fatal-injuries-of-law-enforcement-correctional-officers-attacked-with-sharp-edged-weapons
#10
Patsy Chenpanas, Cynthia Bir
According to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, there were 117 law enforcement fatalities in the United States in 2015. Assaults with sharp-edged weapons have resulted in a total of over 400 fatalities in the United States. The goal of the current research was to examine sharp-edged weapon assaults against law enforcement and correctional agents that resulted in a fatal outcome. A total of twelve autopsy reports were reviewed from across the United States. Four cases involved law enforcement officers, seven involved correctional officers, and one was an off-duty border officer...
December 13, 2016: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941553/the-transcranial-stab-wound-and-the-life-saving-zygomatic-arch-clinical-report
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Mohammed Yassaad Oudrhiri, Adil Eabdenbi Tsen, Fatima-Ezzahra Fouadi, Sidi Mamoun Louraoui, Yasser Arkha, Abdessamad El Ouahabi
A 58-year-old man presented to the neurosurgical emergencies for a transzygomatic transcranial stab wound with a retained broken knife. The patient was neurologically intact. After radiographic evaluation the knife was found to be penetrating the temporal lobe, neighboring the intracavernous portion of the carotid artery. The patient was successfully managed in a conservative way. No abnormalities were seen at 12 months of follow-up. Dealing with penetrating head injuries is a usual condition in neurosurgical practice...
January 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940655/abdominal-self-stabbing-a-case-report
#12
Alok Atreya, Dolendra Rijal, Tanuj Kanchan, Raghvendra S Shekhawat
While abdominal stabbings are frequently associated with homicides, abdominal self-stabbing is uncommon and poses a challenge for the investigators. In cases of sharp force trauma, the presence of hesitation cuts over the neck and extremities help to distinguish self-inflicted injuries from homicides. Hesitation cuts are not associated with self-inflicted sharp force injuries to the abdomen, and thus are of limited use in distinguishing suicidal from homicidal abdominal stab wounds. In this study, we present a case of self-inflicted abdominal stabbing along with a detailed review of literature to help elucidate such cases...
December 9, 2016: Medico-legal Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934791/comparison-of-single-incision-and-multi-incision-diagnostic-laparoscopy-on-evaluation-of-diaphragmatic-status-after-left-thoracoabdominal-penetrating-stab-wounds
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Mehmet Ilhan, Ali Fuat Kaan Gök, Süleyman Bademler, Ömer Cenk Cücük, Yiğit Soytaş, Hakan Teoman Yanar
AIM: Single incision diagnostic laparoscopy (SIDL) may be an alternative procedure to multi-incision diagnostic laparoscopy (MDL) for penetrating thoracoabdominal stab wounds. The purpose of this study is sharing our experience and comparing two techniques for diaphragmatic status. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Medical records of 102 patients with left thoracoabdominal penetrating stab injuries who admitted to Istanbul School of Medicine, Trauma and Emergency Surgery Clinic between February 2012 and April 2016 were examined...
January 2017: Journal of Minimal Access Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879614/getting-a-better-look-outcomes-of-laparoscopic-versus-transdiaphragmatic-pericardial-window-for-penetrating-thoracoabdominal-trauma-at-a-level-i-trauma-center
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Jamie E Anderson, Edgardo S Salcedo, Kacie M Rounds, Joseph M Galante
BACKGROUND: In penetrating thoracoabdominal trauma, it is necessary to evaluate both the pericardial fluid and the diaphragm directly. Transdiaphragmatic pericardial windows (TDWs) provide direct access to the pericardium and diaphragm but expose the patient to the risks of laparotomy. We hypothesize that transabdominal laparoscopic pericardial windows (LPWs) are a safe and effective alternative to TDWs in stable patients. METHODS: This is a retrospective observational study of stable patients with thoracoabdominal penetrating trauma at a level I trauma center between January 2007 and June 2015, comparing outcomes after TDW versus LPW...
December 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875513/post-traumatic-trigeminal-neuropathy-caused-by-an-orbital-stab-wound
#15
Shinpei Matsuda, Hitoshi Yoshimura, Tadanori Hamano, Kazuo Sano
Sensory and motor neuropathy of the trigeminal nerve due to trauma is quite rare. Furthermore, there have been no detailed reports on occlusal abnormalities and trismus associated with post-traumatic trigeminal motor neuropathy. Here, the authors report a case of trigeminal motor neuropathy and trigeminal sensory neuropathy in all 3 divisions caused by an orbital stab wound. During kendo practice, a 61-year-old man was injured in his right medial canthus with the splinter of a broken bamboo sword. Imaging examinations did not show a brain injury or orbital bone fracture...
January 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858523/laparoscopic-assisted-approach-for-penetrating-abdominal-trauma-an-underutilized-technique
#16
Modise Z Koto, Oleh Y Matsevych, Colleen Aldous
INTRODUCTION: Diagnostic laparoscopy is well accepted in the management of penetrating abdominal trauma (PAT). Therapeutic laparoscopy, on the other hand, remains controversial. In patients with multiple hollow viscera injuries, laparoscopy is usually converted to laparotomy. We aim at describing the laparoscopic-assisted technique in the management of patients with PAT. Using our experience with laparoscopy, we tailored the technique to the setting of PAT. METHODS: The laparoscopic-assisted approach (LAA) was adapted to a trauma setting and prospectively evaluated...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856172/feasibility-of-selective-non-operative-management-for-penetrating-abdominal-trauma-in-france
#17
G Goin, D Massalou, T Bege, C Contargyris, J-P Avaro, G Pauleau, P Balandraud
INTRODUCTION: In France, non-operative management (NOM) is not the widely accepted treatment for penetrating wounds. The aim of our study was to evaluate the feasibility of NOM for the treatment of penetrating abdominal traumas at 3 hospitals in the Southeast of France. METHODOLOGY: Our study was multicentric and retroprospective from January, 2010 to September, 2013. Patients presenting with a penetrating abdominal stab wound (SW) or gunshot wound (GSW) were included in the study...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Visceral Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847077/a-close-call-an-impacted-knife-injury-to-the-thorax
#18
Tim Kaufeld, Christian Zeckey, Steffen Marquardt, Christian Krettek, Axel Haverich, Igor Tudorache
A 21-year-old woman with a history of psychiatric treatment was admitted to the emergency department with self-inflicted stab wounds to the neck, chest, and abdomen as the result of a suicide attempt. Inspection showed a seemingly superficial cut at the jugular fossa. The patient's mother stated that one long ceramic kitchen bread knife was totally embedded in the right thorax. Further diagnostic measures showed the missing kitchen bread knife penetrating the right chest, with the path of insertion starting 2 cm above the right clavicle and the blade in contact with the right hilum and ending next to the seventh thoracic vertebra...
December 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826464/brachial-artery-reconstruction-in-trauma-using-reversed-arm-vein-from-the-injured-upper-limb
#19
Michael J Ramdass, Patrick Harnarayan
BACKGROUND: Brachial artery repair may be technically challenging with a paucity of guidelines. The use arm vein (AV) from the traumatized limb is herein described. METHODS: Data were prospectively collected from 2002 to 2016 on brachial artery injury including age, sex, mechanism/site of injury, and repair technique. Categories included AV and non-arm vein (NAV) groups. One-year outcomes were noted. RESULTS: All 31 cases studied were of men with an age range of 16 to 73 years (mean = 28)...
October 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797817/self-disembowelment-during-delirium-tremens-why-early-diagnosis-is-vital
#20
Rachel Thomasson, Vanessa Craig, Elspeth Guthrie
Delirium tremens is a serious yet treatable complication of alcohol withdrawal. Timely diagnosis is critical as there are well-established treatment regimens that provide symptomatic relief within hours to days. We report the case of a 34-year-old man with an undisclosed history of alcohol dependency. He presented with paranoid beliefs and was transferred to a psychiatric inpatient unit with suspected schizophrenia. Classic features of delirium tremens such as sympathetic overdrive and visual hallucinations were not salient features of his presentation...
October 24, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
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