Can washing socks without flipping inside out cause hair tourniquet syndrome? A claim with two case reportsUygur, Esat; Çarkçi, Engin; Ünkar, EthemJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B: March 2017 - Volume 26 - Issue 2 - p 193–194 doi: 10.1097/BPB.0000000000000348 LEG, FOOT & ANKLE Buy Abstract Author InformationAuthors Article MetricsMetrics 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: email@example.com Copyright © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.