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K Kibadi, F Portaels, Y Pichot, M Kapinga, F Moutet
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a particular form of juvenile delinquency and insecurity intensifies in the city of Kinshasa. This is the phenomenon Kuluna. It is organized gangs equipped with machetes and other weapons. The main objective of this study is to know the phenomenon Kuluna and describe the upper limb injuries caused by machetes, while insisting on the specifics of the management of these lesions in our communities. This retrospective descriptive study examines 14 cases of wounds of the hand and forearm due to stab phenomenon Kuluna, in Kinshasa...
November 2015: Revue Médicale de Bruxelles
Wilson Rubanzana, Joseph Ntaganira, Michael D Freeman, Bethany L Hedt-Gauthier
BACKGROUND: Homicide is one of the leading causes of mortality in the World. Homicide risk factors vary significantly between countries and regions. In Rwanda, data on homicide victimization is unreliable because no standardized surveillance system exists. This study was undertaken to identify the risk factors for homicide victimization in Rwanda with particular attention on the latent effects of the 1994 genocide. METHODS: A population-based matched case-control study was conducted, with subjects enrolled prospectively from May 2011 to May 2013...
2015: BMC Public Health
O A Chukwudi, A Rowland, O Uche
Five cases of machete cut injuries to the maxillofacial region seen over a period of 8 months (January-September, 2012), at the Maxillofacial Unit of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Nigeria, are presented. The severity of the injuries is evident from the extent of tissue disruption as shown in the pictures. The immediate threats to life in the cases were hemorrhage and airway obstruction. Surgical repairs were performed under local anesthetic infiltration in three cases while the rest were performed under general anesthesia...
July 2015: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
Basil Enicker, Thandinkosi E Madiba
BACKGROUND: Assaults with a machete cause compound skull fractures which present as a neurosurgical emergency. We aimed to profile cranial injuries caused by a machete over a 10 year period in a single neurosurgical unit. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective data analysis of cranial injuries following assault with a machete, admitted to the neurosurgery ward, from January 2003 to December 2012 was performed. Medical records were analyzed for demographics, clinical presentation, CT scan findings, surgical treatment and Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS) at discharge...
September 2014: Injury
N Howard, W J M Holmes, C E Price, P Rollinson
BACKGROUND: Panga or machete attacks are a common cause of significant upper-limb trauma in South Africa. Pangas are a multipurpose household tool used predominantly for foraging and agricultural purposes and are highly contaminated. While some centres advocate immediate primary repair if no concern exists regarding the risk of infection, others delay definitive repair until satisfied there is no evidence of infection. OBJECTIVES: To compare infection rates and tendon re-rupture following early primary repair (within 24 h), primary repair after 24 h, and delayed repair following initial debridement...
February 2014: South African Journal of Surgery. Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Chirurgie
E Fourtillan, V Tauveron, R Binois, A-M Lehr-Drylewicz, L Machet
BACKGROUND: Superficial bacterial skin infection and superinfection of skin diseases are usually treated by general practitioners using antiseptics or antibiotics. However, acquired resistance to biocidal agents, both systemic and topical, is growing. OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY: Our aim was to assess the skill of GPs in clinical situations involving common skin infections. MATERIAL AND METHODS: On 16 June 2010, we sent a questionnaire to all GPs in a rural region of France (the Cher department) together with a stamped addressed envelope for the reply...
December 2013: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
Shuaib K Aremu, Benjamin Dike
BACKGROUND: Although gunshot injuries are the most common penetrating anterior neck injuries in the developed world, this finding is not the case in the developing world, where knives, spears, arrows, and machetes are the preferred weapons, particularly in tribal societies. AIM: To present the case report of a patient with arrow shot injury to the anterior neck. METHOD: A 48 year old cattle rearer in a village in northern part of Nigeria presented with 3 hr history of an arrow shot in anterior part of the neck which he sustained the while trying to prevent some armed robbers from stealing his cow...
March 2011: International Journal of Biomedical Science: IJBS
Patricia Senet, Patrick Combemale, Clelia Debure, Nathalie Baudot, Laurent Machet, Mounir Aout, Eric Vicaut, Catherine Lok
OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency of skin cancers associated with chronic leg ulcers (CLUs) presumably of vascular origin and failing to heal (ie, increased wound area or depth) despite 3 months or more of appropriate treatment. DESIGN: Prospective cross-sectional study. SETTING: Ambulatory or hospitalized patients from 17 dermatology departments. PATIENTS: Between January 1, 2006, and May 31, 2008, a total of 144 patients consulted for CLUs, attributed to venous and/or peripheral arterial disease(s), increasing in wound size, that is, larger area and/or depth, despite appropriate standard treatment for at least 3 months...
June 2012: Archives of Dermatology
I W Crandon, H E Harding, S O Cawich, D Webster
There have been limited reports on machete wounds to the cranium. This study was carried out to document the injury profile in a series of patients who have sustained cranial injuries from machete wounds in this setting. Between 1 January 1998 and 1 January 2008, demographic and clinical data were retrospectively collected from all patients treated with complicated head injuries from machete wounds with at least one of the following clinical or radiological features: a recorded Glasgow Coma Score < 8 at any point during admission; compound skull fractures; protruding brain matter; cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks; intra-cranial bleeding; parenchymal contusions; lacerations and/or oedema...
December 2011: International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion
Kennedy Amone P'Olak
BACKGROUND: Although torture in adults is well documented, studies that document its use against children, especially during war, are rare. This study documented the use of torture against children and its physical and psychological consequences during the war in Northern Uganda. METHODOLOGY: Changes to the skin were examined by medical assistants, photographs taken, and allegations of torture verified in an interview and the case histories filed upon admission to the rehabilitation centres...
2009: Torture: Quarterly Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture
N I Omoke, C C Madubueze
BACKGROUND: The morbidity and mortality of machete-related injuries is rather appreciable in Nigeria although it is under-reported. Machetes are multipurpose tools in the farm, home and construction sites. Machetes may also be used as a close-range weapon. In Nigeria, there is no legislation guiding their Acquisition, so they are readily available in many homes. Injuries from machetes could be as detrimental as fatal or non-fatal with long-term morbidity. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study to assess the pattern and outcome of patients presenting with machete injuries in Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, from January 2003 to December 2007...
January 2010: Injury
D Mbassa Menick
The purpose of this study was to describe the sociodemographic, psychopathologic and criminological features associated with homicide based on review of expert psychiatric court reports describing murder and attempted murder perpetrators examined at Jamot Hospital in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The study cohort comprised reports describing 12 offenders who were examined at the request of ajudge or public prosecutor from March 1, 2002 to July 31, 2006. There were 8 men (66.7%) and 4 women (33.3%) with a mean age of 18...
June 2009: Médecine Tropicale: Revue du Corps de Santé Colonial
A B van As, J van Dijk, A Numanoglu, A J W Millar
Injuries as a result of assaults with sharp object in small children are rare and data on them are scarce. The Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital is presently the only Children's Hospital in South Africa with a dedicated Level 1 trauma unit for children under the age of 13 years, and we have an annual trauma load of over 10,000 patients. A retrospective review was performed using the Data Base of the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Southern Africa at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town...
September 2008: Pediatric Surgery International
Kenneth Wong, Jeffrey Petchell
BACKGROUND: Stabbing and firearm trauma causing severe injuries (injury severity score (ISS) >15) and death is uncommon in Australia. The present study describes the experience with stabbings and firearm trauma causing severe injuries at a major Australian urban trauma centre. METHODS: Data from a prospectively generated trauma registry regarding all patients presenting to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH), Sydney, Australia with penetrating trauma causing severe injuries from July 1991 to June 2001 was retrospectively analysed...
April 2005: ANZ Journal of Surgery
V Tauveron, A Perrinaud, V Fontes, G Lorette, L Machet
INTRODUCTION: The quantity of topical treatments for leg ulcers has increased over the last 15 years. OBJECTIVE: To determine the prescriptions for topical treatments and the problems in the management of leg ulcers using a questionnaire sent to general practitioners. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A questionnaire in 3 parts was sent to 95 general practitioners in the area working in 36 different districts with an explanatory letter. The first part was composed of 29 closed questions regarding prescription of topical treatment for leg ulcers...
August 2004: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
J K Jones, S Kommu
For the period March to November 1998 inclusive, a prospective survey was conducted of all patients who sustained injuries with a cutlass or machete and were admitted to the Accident and Emergency Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Of the 77 patient admissions, 81% (62/77) were male. The average age was 28.8 years (range 8 to 73 years; standard deviation 13.1). Twenty-two per cent of the patients were less than 20 years old. The most common locations of the lacerations were upper extremity (59 lacerations) and scalp (16 lacerations)...
September 2002: West Indian Medical Journal
J E Wiedeman, D Zierold, B K Klink
Machete-related wounds are a source of appreciable morbidity in many developing nations. We describe a case of radial nerve injury resulting from a machete attack in Haiti. Twenty-two additional cases of machete-related wounds treated during a 3-month humanitarian mission to Haiti are reported. Sixty-five percent were accidental in nature, occurring from a variety of routine activities, whereas the remainder were secondary to assaults. The upper extremity was injured in 85% of the cases, often resulting in complicated wounds with nerve, tendon, and joint injuries...
November 2001: Military Medicine
B K Tucker, D L Hutchinson, M F Gilliland, T M Charles, H J Daniel, L D Wolfe
The purpose of this study was to determine if it is possible to associate machetes, axes, and cleavers with the microscopic parallel striations they leave on the cut surfaces of the bone. Hacking trauma was experimentally inflicted on pig bones using machetes, axes, and cleavers. Negative impressions of both the cut surfaces of the bone and the weapon blades were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy. The results of this investigation indicate that it is possible to correlate a class of hacking weapons to trauma inflicted on bone by these weapons...
March 2001: Journal of Forensic Sciences
J H Humphrey, D L Hutchinson
Hacking trauma is often encountered in forensic cases, but little experimental research has been conducted that would allow for the recognition of wounds caused by specific weapon types. In this paper, we report the results of a hacking trauma caused by machete, cleaver, and axe weapons and the characteristics of each weapon type on bone. Each weapon type was employed in multiple trials on pig (Sus scrofa) bones and then the wounds were examined macroscopically for several characteristics that serve to differentiate the weapons...
March 2001: Journal of Forensic Sciences
H Nadjem, M Bohnert, S Pollak
Machetes (Spanish-American matchets) are sharp, long knives with a broad blade having a slightly curved edge and a thick back. They are used for clearing paths in rough, densely wooded areas. Just like axes and swords they are suitable for causing not only soft tissue wounds, but also deep slashes in the underlying bone. In military conflicts (especially in Central Africa) they are often used as short-range weapons, whereas it is in the nature of things that they are rarely used in Europe. On the basis of 5 cases from the Freiburg material fatal and survived injuries caused by machetes and similarly large knives are discussed...
November 1999: Archiv Für Kriminologie
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