Year : 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 381-384

Kite string vascular injuries: Management of uncommon vascular injuries with common suggestions

Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

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Dr. Devender Singh
Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad, Telangana
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DOI: 10.4103/ijves.ijves_66_22

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Introduction and Objectives: Vascular injuries due to kite string are uncommon but are associated with significant morbidities and mortality. With the increase in the sharpness of the string, the incidence of these injuries is on the rise not only to flyer but also to the innocent other people. We present our experience as there is a relative paucity of data and literature on this subject and suggest measures to control. Methods: Between January 2016 and January 2022, six patients suffered vascular injuries due to kite string (manja) and were admitted to the vascular unit of tertiary care center. The medical histories of the patients were reviewed retrospectively and analyzed. Initial treatment included hemorrhage control by direct pressure or packing and fluid resuscitation and airway establishment by intubation (if required). Neck injuries were divided into three zones. All patients were subjected to computed tomography angiography followed by emergency exploration and repair. Results: Males are most commonly affected. The most common age group affected was 3050 years. Majority of these patients were travelling on a two wheeler. The neck was most commonly involved with primarily venous injuries. Four patients had injuries in Zone II and one patient in Zone I. One patient had a deep laceration around the ankle with vascular and significant soft-tissue injuries. The injuries were of the jugular veins, external carotid artery, trachea and tibial artery, nerve, and tendoachilles (complete tear). All the major vascular injuries were either repaired or ligated. There was no major morbidity or mortality. Conclusion: Kite flying is a popular sport in the Indian subcontinent. Vascular injuries due to sharp string can lead to grievous injuries or may be fatal. This study attempted to enlighten these dangers and emphasize that potential threats have to be understood and addressed adequately.

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