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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. walshn@uthscsa.edu

Abstract

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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14710508
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PMC2572531
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