Hair-thread tourniquet syndrome
Version of Record online: 17 MAR 2005
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 41, Issue 3, pages 154–155, March 2005
How to Cite
Golshevsky, J., Chuen, J. and Tung, P. (2005), Hair-thread tourniquet syndrome. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 41: 154–155. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2005.00569.x
- Issue online: 17 MAR 2005
- Version of Record online: 17 MAR 2005
- Accepted for publication 24 February 2004.
Abstract: We report a case of hair-thread tourniquet syndrome involving the labia majora of a 14-year-old autistic child. ‘Hair-thread tourniquet’ refers to the process whereby a thread of hair leads to the ischaemic strangulation of an appendage or other piece of tissue. Uncommonly recognized, this syndrome has gradually gained recognition since its first description in 1612. As it remains infrequent, many have attributed its aetiology to abuse or socio-cultural practices. We review the published literature on this infrequent but important paediatric condition.