Mortalities among children and adolescents in Manipal, Southern India

Tanuj Kanchan, Ritesh G. Menezes

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Objective: To describe the epidemiology and trends of traumatic deaths among children and adolescents in Manipal, Southern India. Methods: Analysis of all trauma deaths in children and adolescents aged between 1 and 19 years, autopsied between January 1994 and December 2005. The study is based on autopsy records, information furnished by the police, and chemical analysis report. Results: There has been a substantial decline in the incidence of traumatic deaths among children and adolescents during 1994 to 2005. Road traffic injuries were responsible for maximum mortalities (38.4%), followed by those because of burns (24.9%) and poisoning (15.9%). Males comprised 59.6% of cases. Male-to-female ratio was 1.5:1. Males predominantly died of traffic injuries (45.2%), whereas females as a result of burns (37.4%). There was more than two-fold increase in injury-related mortalities from childhood to adolescence (1:2.3). Conclusion: Among children and adolescents, traffic injuries and burns are responsible for maximum injury-related mortalities in males and females, respectively. More injury reducing measures are required for effective reduction in traumatic deaths.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1600-1607
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 01-06-2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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