Victim profile and pattern of thoraco-abdominal injuries sustained in fatal road traffic accidents

B. Suresh Kumar Shetty, Tanuj Kanchan, Ritesh G. Menezes, Shankar M. Bakkannavar, Vinod C. Nayak, K. Yoganarasimha

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Abstract

The present research aims to highlight the pattern of thoraco-abdominal injuries sustained by the victims of fatal road traffic accidents (RTA) in Manipal, South India. The study is an autopsy based observation of thoraco-abdominal injuries in victims of fatal road traffic accidents during 1999 - 2003. Road traffic accidents accounted for most of the injury related deaths (77%) during the study period. A male preponderance (86%) was observed with a male-female ratio of 6:1. Individuals in the age group of 21 to 50 years formed the most vulnerable (83%) group. External thoracic injuries were more common than internal thoracic injuries in the thoracic region. In the abdominal region, internal injuries were more common than external injuries. Lungs (61%) and kidneys (23%) were the most commonly involved organs in the thoracic and abdominal regions respectively. Majority of the victims were two wheeler occupants (35%) followed by pedestrians (23%). The study indicates the pattern of thoraco-abdominal injuries sustained along with the trend of road traffic accidents in the region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-19
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine
Volume34
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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