İsmail AYGAN, İbrahim TUNCAY, Nihat TOSUN, Salih VURAL

Yüzüncü Yıl Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Ortopedi ve Travmatoloji Anabilim Dalı, Van

Keywords: Amputation, Causes, Levels.


Introduction: This is a retrospective study of amputations in Departments of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Yüzüncü Yıl University and City Hospitals of Van from June 1989 to June 1998.
Patients and methods: Three hundred and fifty extremities of 328 patients were included in the study. Cases were evaluated according to age, sex, side, causes and levels of amputations. 62 (18.90%) cases were female and 266 (81.10%) were male. 174 (53.05%) were right and 133 (40.55%) were left-sided amputations.
Results: Multiple amputations were performed for 21 (6.40%) cases. The most frequent causes of amputations were found to be trauma (44.81%) and diabetes mellitus (13.10%) in this study.
Conclusion: According to amputation levels, partial hand amputations were the most frequent site.