Victim Profile and Pattern of Thoraco-Abdominal Injuries Sustained in Fatal Road Traffic Accidents

Bakkannavar, Shankar M and Nayak, Vinod C (2012) Victim Profile and Pattern of Thoraco-Abdominal Injuries Sustained in Fatal Road Traffic Accidents. Journal of Indian Acad Forensic Medecine, 34 (1). pp. 17-20. ISSN 0971-0973

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Abstract

Abstract The present research aims to highlight the pattern of thoraco-abdominal injuries sustained by the victims of fatal road traffic accidents (RTA) in Manipal, South India. The study is an autopsy based observation of thoraco-abdominal injuries in victims of fatal road traffic accidents during 1999 – 2003. Road traffic accidents accounted for most of the injury related deaths (77%) during the study period. A male preponderance (86%) was observed with a male-female ratio of 6:1. Individuals in the age group of 21 to 50 years formed the most vulnerable (83%) group. External thoracic injuries were more common than internal thoracic injuries in the thoracic region. In the abdominal region, internal injuries were more common than external injuries. Lungs (61%) and kidneys (23%) were the most commonly involved organs in the thoracic and abdominal regions respectively. Majority of the victims were two wheeler occupants (35%) followed by pedestrians (23%). The study indicates the pattern of thoraco-abdominal injries sustained along with the trend of road traffic accidents in the region.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Thoraco-abdominal injuries; Road traffic accidents; Blunt force trauma
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2012 09:50
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2012 09:50
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/76237

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