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Hair Tourniquet Syndrome

Amy Seery, MD Reviewed 06/2018
 


BASICS

Hair tourniquet syndrome is the ischemic strangulation of a part of a child's body due to human hair/other fibrous material. 

DESCRIPTION

  • Characterized by the tight wrapping of an appendage such ...

DIAGNOSIS

HISTORY

  • At presentation, caregivers may have already recognized the strangulation of the appendage and are seeking medical attention because they are unable to remove the offending material o...

TREATMENT

  • Medical providers should first attempt to unwind the fibrous material. This can be very difficult because ends may be difficult to find, and the material may break easily (3,4)[C].

  • A depilato...

ONGOING CARE

FOLLOW-UP RECOMMENDATIONS

Regular follow-up with primary care provider until the injury site is fully healed 

PATIENT EDUCATION

If the injury site demonstrates increasing pain, decreasing se...

REFERENCES

1
Klusmann A, Lenard HG. Tourniquet syndrome—accident or abuse? Eur J Pediatr.  2004;163(8):495–498; discussion 499. [View Abstract on OvidMedline]
2
Mat Saad AZ, Purcell EM, McCann JJ. H...

ADDITIONAL READING

  • Badawy H, Soliman A, Ouf A, et al. Progressive hair coil penile tourniquet syndrome: multicenter experience with 25 cases. J Pediatr Surg.  2010;45(7):1514–1518.

  • Biehler JL, Sie...

CODES

ICD10

  • S30.842A External constriction of penis, initial encounter

  • S90.446A External constriction, unspecified lesser toe(s), initial encounter

  • S60.449A External constriction of unspecified finger, i...

CLINICAL PEARLS

  • This rare condition requires a high index of suspicion. A poorly consolable infant with no identifiable cause should be examined thoroughly to rule out hair tourniquet syndrome.

  • The pen...

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