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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-29

A retrospective analysis of tandoor burn injuries in Eastern Anatolia

1 Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Esthetic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Cumhuriyet University, Sivas, Turkey
2 Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Esthetic Surgery, Etiler Esteworld Private Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
3 Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Esthetic Surgery, Medical Park Private Hospital, Batman, Turkey
4 Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Esthetic Surgery, Van Lokman Hekim Private Hospital, Van, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Asst Prof. Nese Kurt Ozkaya
Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Cumhuriyet University, Sivas 58140
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjps.tjps_47_18

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Aims: This study was to determine the severity of the tandoor burns in a city in Eastern Anatolia and to attract attention for the prevention of tandoor burns. Subjects and Methods: A retrospective evaluation was made of the registration data of burns hospitalized. A record was made of patient variables including burn type, age, gender, socioeconomic status, and amputation site and level. Statistical Analysis Used: Descriptive statistics were used to summarize the data, and results were reported as number and percentage. Categorical variables were evaluated with the Chi-square test. P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: To emphasize the importance of tandoor burns, the data were classified as tandoor (8.8%) and other types of burns (91.2%). Tandoor burns were the fourth-most common cause of burn. While the rate of amputation in other burn types was 1.26%, the amputation rate was 9.09% in tandoor burns. In the 0–3 years of age group, the percentage of tandoor burns was significantly higher. In respect of tandoor burns, more amputations were performed on children than on adults. Conclusions: Tandoor is used in many places in the world for various purposes (as sociocultural habits, cooking, and warming, especially in low-socioeconomic areas). Increasing protective measures in the use of tandoor may be useful for reducing the amputations due to tandoor burns and its possible long lifetime consequences. Because, unfortunately, tandoor burns are a significant cause of amputations in children-foot amputations in particular.

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