J Korean Soc Traumatol.  2016 Mar;29(1):33-36. 10.20408/jti.2016.29.1.33.

Abdominal Impalement Injury Caused by Scaffolding Pipe following a Traffic Accident: A Case Report

Affiliations
  • 1Trauma Team, Chonbuk National University Hospital, Jeonju, Korea. md75769@jbnu.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Surgery, Chonbuk National University Hospital, Jeonju, Korea.
  • 3Department of Surgery, Design Hospital, Jeonju, Korea.

Abstract

Traffic accidents involving agricultural machinery have been decreasing, but mortality is still high due to a lack of safety devices such as seat belts. Furthermore, secondary damage, such as abdominal impalement injury caused by loaded materials, is more likely to occur, and this type of injury leads to a poor prognosis. Impalement with pipes is often more fatal than other penetrating injuries because the diameter of the pipe is usually larger in size than other loaded materials. We report a case of a 72-year-old man with secondary abdominal impalement injury caused by a scaffolding pipe following a traffic accident.

Keyword

Scaffolding pipe; Abdominal impalement injury
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