Hair-thread tourniquet syndrome. A case report.

Published online: Apr 27 2004

Karalezli K, Karakoc Y, Iltar S, Karalezli N, Irgit K.

II Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Ankara Research and Training Hospital, Turkey.


The authors report the case of a 3-month-old boy with hair-thread tourniquet syndrome, seen just distal to the MP joint on the right fourth toe. The patient was brought to the hospital with a history of irritability and weeping. On examination there was swelling, ecchymosis and a hair fibre was found wrapped around his right fourth toe. After the hair fibre was removed there was a fast healing period and no signs of tissue necrosis were seen.