Reconstruction of Scalp Avulsion in a Resource Restraint Rural Hospital PD01-PD02
Ms. Shweta Shaji Mathew,
Shardha Hostel, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Mahrashtra, India.
Occupational hazard is a major contributing factor to various deformities that workers who work with machines are subjected to, especially when the machines are rotating and are unprotected. Women workers with long hair not capped or tied appropriately may become a victim of moving or rotating machines, when the hair gets caught in the rotating part of the machine causing avulsion of the scalp.
Scalp avulsion may lead to loss of life, disfigurement, require hospitalisation as well as psychological harm to the person. We present a case managed practically in a rural based hospital of a young girl, who had a complete scalp avulsion, and the challenges that were faced in a setting where microvascular surgery was not an option. It was treated with debridement and a simple split skin graft to cover the wound.