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World J Clin Cases. Apr 16, 2015; 3(4): 368-370
Published online Apr 16, 2015. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v3.i4.368
Hair thread tourniquet syndrome in a toe of an 18 mo old girl
Jesse WP Kuiper, Niels de Korte
Jesse WP Kuiper, Niels de Korte, Department of Surgery, Spaarne Ziekenhuis, 2134 TM Hoofddorp, The Netherlands
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Ethics approval: The study was reviewed and approved by the Spaarne Ziekenhuis Institutional Review Board.
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Correspondence to: Jesse WP Kuiper, MD, Department of Surgery, Spaarne Ziekenhuis, Spaarnepoort 1, 2134 TM Hoofddorp, The Netherlands.
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Received: December 27, 2014
Peer-review started: December 29, 2014
First decision: January 20, 2015
Revised: January 26, 2015
Accepted: February 10, 2015
Article in press: February 12, 2015
Published online: April 16, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Hair thread tourniquet syndrome is rare and usually affects little children. We present a case of an 18 mo old girl with a strangulated toe. After incision of the hair tourniquet the symptoms soon subsided. The diagnosis is easily made if the clinical features are recognized. However, if the tourniquet is not cut through, the affected body part may become ischemic and even necrotic.