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J Emerg Med. 2013 Feb;44(2):358-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2012.03.004. Epub 2012 May 31.

Hair toe tourniquet syndrome in a four-year-old boy.

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Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny, Wales, United Kingdom.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Hair toe tourniquet syndrome is a condition in which a hair or thread encircles a digit and results in acute digital ischemia. It usually occurs in children under the age of 1 year. Prompt recognition and surgical removal of the constricting material can save the digit from irreversible tissue necrosis and the loss of digit.

CASE REPORT:

We report the first known case of hair toe tourniquet syndrome in a 4-year-old child, who had successful diagnosis and treatment of this condition.

CONCLUSION:

We suggest that hair toe tourniquet syndrome should be considered as a cause of acute digital swelling and discoloration in children of all ages.

PMID:
22658228
DOI:
10.1016/j.jemermed.2012.03.004
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