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TALES OF PENETRATING TRAUMA
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 193-196

Management of unusual case of self-inflicted penetrating craniocerebral injury by a nail


1 Department of Anaesthesiology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences , Lucknow, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology, LLRM Medical College, Meerut, U.P., India

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Kamal Kishore
Department of Anaesthesiology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences , Lucknow
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-2700.62115

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During war, sharp high-speed missiles have been driven inside the brain; however, in civilian practice it is rare to see such episodes. An approximately 10-cm long nail was driven inside the brain in an attempt to commit suicide by a schizophrenic patient. The case is being reported for its rarity in civilian practice and as a case of clinical interest. After investigating the patient by plain X-rays and a CT scan, he was operated by a neurosurgical team and the nail was successfully removed. In post-operative phase, patient was given medical and psychiatric care along with psychological counseling. The patient made good uneventful recovery in the post-operative phase.


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