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Hair thread tourniquet syndrome in an eight month old infant  (p. 399-400)

Hair thread tourniquet syndrome in an eight month old infant (p. 399-400)

Rafet Ozbey
Malatya Training and Research Hospital, Clinic of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Malatya Turkey
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Circulating hairs or threads may cause hair-thread tourniquet syndrome in babies and mentally retarded individuals. Although it is mostly seen in the fingers and toes, it can be seen in the penis, clitoris, and labium and uvula. It may result in loss of the limb if it’s not recognized early and is not treated correctly. In this study, the case of the second toe of the left foot was presented. Eight month old boy presented with complaints of restlessness and crying for 2 days. Physical examination revealed a constrictive band surrounding the proximal phalanx second toe of the left foot. There was no evidence of child abuse from the family history. It is recommended to make a longitudinal deep incision where there is coiling of the finger. Wrapped hair thread were removed and treated with a small and deep incision dorsally under local anesthesia as described by Serrour. Amoxicillin clavulanic acid was given orally as antibiotic. The wound was healed without any problem by dressing with antibiotic creams for 10 days. In conclusion, it is important to keep this syndrome in mind in patients presenting with the mentioned complaints, in terms of diagnosis and recovery of limb with early treatment.

Keywords: Hair; thread; tourniquet syndrome; child abuse


doi: 10.5455/annalsmedres.2019.01.08



Annals of Medical Research is the scientific official journal of the Inonu University Faculty of Medicine. It is published monthly. The essential aim of the Annals of Medical Research is to publish scientifically high quality clinical and experimental research articles on fields of medicine which can contribute to the literature data. In addition, review articles, case reports, editorials, letters to the editors and manuscripts on publication ethics and medical history, which can contribute to the education and practices of physicians and health sector professionals within the scope of the journal’s target audience and which can increase the level of scientific communication between the authors and readers, are included in the scope of the journal.


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