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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 123-126

Child injuries in the Syrian Civil War

1 Departmant of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Dora Private Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
2 Departmant of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Medical School of Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Muzaffer Durmus
Dora Hospital, Plastic, Reconstructive and Aethetic Surgery Clinic, Istanbul
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjps.tjps_35_18

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Objective: During wars, many soldiers and civilians either get injured or die. In civil wars, older people, women, and children are more vulnerable to injuries and traumas. The aim of this study is to reveal the demographic features and variety as well as the characteristicsof the injuries in children who were impacted from the Syrian civil war and underwent surgeries in the plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery department. Patients and Methods: This is a retrospective study which initially included 121 children aged 0–18 years out of a total of 402 Syrian patients treated in the plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery department between December 2011 and December 2016. Results: Of 83 children with war injuries treated in our clinic, 42% were female and 58% were male. Forty-one percent of the injuries were located in the head-neck region. 43.4% of the injuries were due to burns. Thirty-six percent of the injuries were located on the extremities. All the patients underwent a total of 242 surgeries. The mean number of surgeries per child was 2.9. The mean time of hospitalization was 17.12% days. Conclusion: The results of the study show that children are impacted just as much or more thanadults in the Syrian civil war and had more severe injuries than those effected by similar wars and terrorist attacks.

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