Traumatic childhood deaths in Afyonkarahisar
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Objective: We aimed to search epidemiological and clinical properties of childhood deaths from autopsy records in Afyonkarahisar. Method: Republic prosecution files, autopsy reports, evident place investigations and death examination protocols of 122 cases among children 0 to 17 years are searched. Results: Seventy five (61.5%) of 122 were boys, and mean age of them was 9.1±5.4. The highest mortality was among children 5 to 9 years with 36 (29.5%) cases. Prominent mortality causes of trauma were motor vehicle accidents (% 59.8). The origin of mortality causes were accidents (103 cases (%84.4)), suicide (11 cases (%9.0)) and homicide (8 cases (%6.6)). Mortality from motor vehicle accidents was most frequent (%34.2) among children 5 to 9 years. Thirty five (42.0%) of motor vehicle accidents were from trauma in vehicles. The most frequent wounded sides of the body were head and neck region (69.7%). Autopcy was performed in 26 (21.3%) cases. Conclusion: Motor vehicle accidents and falls are the leading causes in childhood traumas and motor vehicle accidents were mostly as pedestrian traumas. Mostly head and neck injuries were experienced and deaths were on scene. Besides, judicious physical evaluation may be enough to diagnose the mortality cause.