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Bull World Health Organ. 2003;81(9):665-70. Epub 2003 Nov 14.

Rehabilitation of landmine victims--the ultimate challenge.

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Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, South Texas Veterans Health System, San Antonio, TX, USA.


Antipersonnel landmines are often used indiscriminately and frequently result in injury or death of non-combatants. In the last 65 years, over 110 million mines have been spread throughout the world into an estimated 70 countries. Landmine victims use a disproportionately high amount of medical resources; the vast majority of incidents occur in regions and countries without a sophisticated medical infrastructure and with limited resources, where rehabilitation is difficult in the best of circumstances. It is suggested that only a quarter of the patients with amputation secondary to landmines receive appropriate care.

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