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Laryngoscope. 2010 Feb;120(2):414-9. doi: 10.1002/lary.20731.

Head and neck sequelae of torture.

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Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA. scrosby@bu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS:

To increase awareness of torture among otolaryngologists, and to describe methods and complications of head and neck torture.

STUDY DESIGN:

Retrospective review.

METHODS:

Five cases of survivors of torture were evaluated in an otolaryngology practice in an urban hospital setting.

RESULTS:

The subjects presented with widely variable symptoms and physical manifestations related to the head and neck as a result of torture, in addition to psychiatric disease. Documentation of head and neck findings were essential to the asylum claim.

CONCLUSIONS:

Otolaryngologists serving immigrant and refugee populations must be familiar with methods and manifestations of torture involving the head and neck.

PMID:
19998347
DOI:
10.1002/lary.20731
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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