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Can washing socks without flipping inside out cause hair tourniquet syndrome? A claim with two case reports

Uygur, Esat; Çarkçi, Engin; Ünkar, Ethem

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B: March 2017 - Volume 26 - Issue 2 - p 193–194
doi: 10.1097/BPB.0000000000000348

Hair tourniquet syndrome (HTS) is a rare, painful condition that results when hair or pieces of thread become wrapped tightly around toes, fingers, or other appendages, occluding blood flow and causing strangulation or amputation. Although the aetiology of HTS is unclear, we postulate that washing baby socks in a washing machine without turning them inside out might be a cause. Mothers should be informed about HTS and this simple prevention method should be suggested to them. Here, we present two cases of HTS and discuss possible causes.

aDepartment of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Erciş State Hospital, Van

bDepartment of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Kartal Yavuz Selim State Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

Correspondence to Esat Uygur, MD, Emsey Hospital, Çamlik Mah. Selçuklu Cad. No: 22, 34912 Kurtköy, Pendik, İstanbul, Turkey Tel: +90 555 691 61 22; fax: +90 216 646 00 96; e-mail:

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