Title

Penetrating abdominal injuries in children and adolescents.

Publication/Presentation Date

6-1-1975

Abstract

A total of 107 children and adolescents underwent laparotomies for penetrating trauma. There were 64 patients with stab wounds and 43 with gunshot wounds. Only 8 per cent of the patients were under 12 years of age. Three patients died--two from gunshot wounds of major vessels and one from a gunshot wound of the colon. Most of the injuries were related to crimes of violence or were self-inflicted. Multiple organ injuries and postoperative complications were significantly more common among patients with gunshot wounds than in those with stab wounds. Associated extra-abdominal injuries appeared to be more common among patients with gunshot wounds but the difference was not statistically significant. Unnecessary laparotomies were twice as frequent in victims of stab wounds.

Volume

41

Issue

6

First Page

342

Last Page

346

ISSN

0003-1348

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

PubMedID

1124896

Department(s)

Department of Surgery

Document Type

Article

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