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Burst Fractures as a Result of Attempted Suicide by Jumping

Authors
 Do Young Kim  ;  Hong June Choi  ;  Jeong Yoon Park  ;  Kyung Hyun Kim  ;  Sung Uk Kuh  ;  Dong Kyu Chin  ;  Keun Su Kim  ;  Yong Eun Cho  ;  Byoung Ho Jin 
Citation
 Korean Journal of Neurotrauma, Vol.10(2) : 70-75, 2014 
Journal Title
 Korean Journal of Neurotrauma 
ISSN
 2234-8999 
Issue Date
2014
Abstract
Objective: Jumping from high place for the purpose of suicide results in various damages to body area. A burst fracture of vertebrae is representative of them and we reviewed eight patients who were diagnosed with spinal burst fracture following suicide falling-down. The demographics, characteristics, performed operation, combined injuries, psychological past histories of the patients were analyzed. Methods: A retrospective study was made of patients who are diagnosed with vertebral burst fracture from falling-down with the purpose of suicide admitted to department of neurosurgery of the author’s hospital, covering the period between 2003 and 2012. Results: Total eight patients were suicidal jumper. There were eleven vertebral burst fractures in eight patients and mean age was 26.5 years old. Seven patients already had psychological past history and there were various combined injuries except vertebrae burst fracture. The ankle fracture such as calcaneus, talus, navicular and malleolus was the most common injury and there were also various combined injury. Conclusion: Suicidal jumper is different from incidental faller in some aspects because of different injury mechanism. For managing suicidal jumper, physician had to consider patients’ age, affected site, psychiatric problem and combined injuries. Each department related to the injuries of patient have to cooperate each other with departments of psychiatry and rehabilitation from beginning to end.
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10.13004/kjnt.2014.10.2.70
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1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Neurosurgery (신경외과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
구성욱(Kuh, Sung Uk) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2566-3209
김경현(Kim, Kyung Hyun)
김근수(Kim, Keun Su) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3384-5638
김도영(Kim, Do Young)
박정윤(Park, Jeong Yoon) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3728-7784
조용은(Cho, Yong Eun) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9815-2720
진동규(Chin, Dong Kyu) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9835-9294
최홍준(Choi, Hong Jun)
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