Hospitalized Swedish children with hand and forearm injuries: A retrospective review.

Elinor Ljungberg, Lars Dahlin, Fredrik Granath, Paul Blomqvist

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Abstract

Aim: To analyse incidences and find risk groups in children hospitalized with hand injuries in a national retrospective study. Methods: All children with a primary hand or forearm injury admitted to Swedish hospitals during 1987 - 2001 were retrieved from the Swedish Hospital Discharge Register and analysed as to incidence and characteristics. Results: Among 9855 children included, the median age was 7.0 y and two-thirds were boys. The incidence increased in both younger ( 0 - 6 y) and older ( 7 - 14 y) children. Wounds and fractures almost doubled, while muscle/tendon injuries decreased. In younger children, wounds and burns were the most frequent diagnoses. In older children, fractures and muscle/tendon injuries were common. Sharp objects caused most of the injuries. University hospitals treated almost half of the children. Conclusion: The number of children with hand injuries admitted to hospitals in Sweden increased annually. Analyses of causes behind the increase are important to counter this trend.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-67
JournalActa Pædiatrica
Volume95
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Pediatrics

Keywords

  • incidence
  • population-based study
  • hand injury
  • child
  • forearm injury

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