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Injuries during a massive tug-of-war game.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14509408     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
"Tug-of-war" may cause a variety of sports injuries, which has rarely been reported previously. This report described an uncommon case of a previously fit 64-year-old male who presented with abrupt onset of loss of consciousness after falling down in a game of massive tug of war including 1,500 participants as the rope snapped apart. Computed tomography (CT) scan of his abdomen revealed liver and spleen rupture. Spinal cord injury due to traumatic herniation of intervertebral disc at C5-6 level and bilateral brachial plexus injury were also noted after exploratory laparotomy with primary repair of liver and spleen. He then received diskectomy over C5-6 and C6-7 and neurolysis for the right brachial plexus. Multiple neurological complications including paraplegia, severe neuralgia over bilateral C5 dermatome and spasticity over bilateral lower extremities developed. After two-year comprehensive rehabilitation programs, the patient recovered to ambulate with assistive device, and resumed partially dependent daily living activities.
Pei-Hsin Lin; Fang-Yao Chiu; Nian-Chin Hsiao; Tien-Yow Chuang
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Chinese Medical Association : JCMA     Volume:  66     ISSN:  1726-4901     ISO Abbreviation:  J Chin Med Assoc     Publication Date:  2003 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-09-25     Completed Date:  2003-10-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101174817     Medline TA:  J Chin Med Assoc     Country:  China (Republic : 1949- )    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  436-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Taipei Veterans General Hospital and National Yang-Ming University, School of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.
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MeSH Terms
Athletic Injuries*
Brachial Plexus / injuries*
Liver / injuries*
Middle Aged
Multiple Trauma
Spinal Cord Injuries / etiology*

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