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Importance of electromyography and the electrophysiological severity scale in forensic reports.
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PMID:  17456098     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Forensic reports on traumatic peripheral nerve injuries include dysfunction degrees of extremities, which are arranged according to the Turkish Penalty Code. The aim of this study is to discuss the role and importance of electromyography while preparing forensic reports in the cases of traumatic peripheral nerve injuries and the usefulness of scoring systems. A modified global scale, recommended by Mondelli et al., was used to assess the electrophysiological impairment of each peripheral nerve. Forensic reports of 106 patients, reported between 2002 and 2004, were evaluated. Thirty-four percent of the cases were reported as "total loss of function," 41.5% were reported as "functional disability," and there were no dysfunctions in the other cases in forensic reports that were prepared based on Council of Social Insurance Regulations of Health Processes and Guide prepared by the Council of Forensic Medicine and profession associations of forensic medicine. When we rearranged these forensic reports based on the electrophysiological severity scale (ESS), it was clearly found that all of the score 2 cases and 86.7% of the score 3 cases corresponded to "functional disability" and 91.4% of the score 4 cases correspond to "total loss of function." We found a significant correlation between the ESS and functional evaluation in peripheral nerve injury cases. Evaluation of functional disabilities in peripheral nerve injuries with the ESS represents a standardized and objective method used for forensic reports.
Nursel Gamsiz Bilgin; Aynur Ozge; Ertan Mert; Deniz E Yalçinkaya; Hakan Kar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  52     ISSN:  0022-1198     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  2007 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-25     Completed Date:  2007-07-31     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  698-701     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Medicine, Department of Forensic Medicine, Mersin University, Tip Fakültesi Adli Tip Anabilim Dali, 33079 Mersin, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Traffic
Disability Evaluation*
Forensic Medicine
Middle Aged
Peripheral Nerves / injuries*,  physiopathology*
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / physiopathology
Trauma Severity Indices*
Wounds, Nonpenetrating / physiopathology
Wounds, Penetrating / physiopathology

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