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Hair Tourniquet Syndrome: An Unusual Surgical Emergency In Infant (Abstract)

Mohammad Saquib Mallick

Pediatric Surgery Division, Department of Surgery, King Khalid University Hospital, College of Medicine, King Saud University

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia



The hair tourniquet syndrome is a surgical emergency occurring primarily in infants and is characterized by circumferential strangulation of one or more appendages by human hair or fibers. It induces progressive oedema, ischaemia and tissue necrosis and can lead to the auto amputation of digits or other strangulated structures. The prompt diagnosis and treatment of this unusual condition is crucial to prevent damage to or loss of appendage. We report a case of hair tourniquet syndrome affecting second and third right toes of an infant and suggest that awareness of this condition should be increased to prevent its potential complications.

Key words: hair, tourniquet syndrome, infant


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