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Citation

Ljungberg E, Dahlin LB, Granath F, Blomqvist P. Acta Paediatr. 2006; 95(1): 62-67.

Affiliation

Department of Hand Surgery, Malmo University Hospital, Malmo, Sweden.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2006, John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

10.1080/08035250500323764

PMID

16373298

Abstract

Aim: To analyse incidences and find risk groups in children hospitalized with hand injuries in a national retrospective study. Methods: All children with a primary hand or forearm injury admitted to Swedish hospitals during 1987-2001 were retrieved from the Swedish Hospital Discharge Register and analysed as to incidence and characteristics. Results: Among 9855 children included, the median age was 7.0 y and two-thirds were boys. The incidence increased in both younger (0-6 y) and older (7-14 y) children. Wounds and fractures almost doubled, while muscle/tendon injuries decreased. In younger children, wounds and burns were the most frequent diagnoses. In older children, fractures and muscle/tendon injuries were common. Sharp objects caused most of the injuries. University hospitals treated almost half of the children.Conclusion: The number of children with hand injuries admitted to hospitals in Sweden increased annually. Analyses of causes behind the increase are important to counter this trend.

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