Meat Grinder Injury to the Hand: Serial Cases

Nur Rachmat Lubis
Journal article Indonesian Journal of Orthopaedics • December 2012

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Introduction.Although meat grinder injury to the hand is not a common case, it causes a wide spectrum of injuries that result not only in tremendous physical and emotional pain but also substantial economic impact as well.Case presentation.Three cases of hand injury caused by meat grinders are presented. Two injuries involved non dominant hand and one involved dominant hand, result in varying degrees of deformity. All patients arrived in emergency room with injured hand still firmly wedged in a meat grinder.Conclusions.Although these injuries continue to prove very mutilating, maximum restoration of the injured hand can be accomplished by careful extrication, followed by preservation and reconstruction of all viable tissues. Perioperative antibiotics and wound irrigation with antibiotic solution are recommended. Microsurgical technique can be performed in treating these injuries.Key wods: hand injury, meat grinder injury, traumatic amputation




Indonesian Journal of Orthopaedics

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