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Neurological Sciences

, Volume 34, Issue 12, pp 2095–2100 | Cite as

Anatomical and neuropsychological effects of cluster munitions

  • Youssef Fares
  • Jawad Fares
Original Article

Abstract

The aim of this article is to investigate the effects of cluster munitions on the different environmental, anatomical and neuropsychological levels. We conducted a study to explore the effects of sub-munitions on Lebanese victims. The study included a total of 407 cases that have been subjected to the detonation of unexploded sub-munitions in Lebanon, between 2006 and 2011. In our series, 356 casualties were injured and 51 were dead. 382 were males and 25 were females. We recorded 83 cases of amputations, and injuries involving cranio-facial regions, thorax, abdomen, and upper and lower extremities. These injuries lead to loss of function, body disfiguration, and chronic pain caused by the injuries or the amputations, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder. The peripheral nervous system was mostly affected and patients suffered from significant psychosocial tribulations. Cluster munitions harm human beings and decrease biodiversity. Survivors suffer from physical and psychological impairments. Laws should be passed and enforced to ban the use of these detrimental weapons that have negative effects on ecosystem and societal levels.

Keywords

Anatomical effects Neuropsychological effects Post-traumatic stress disorder Landmines Cluster munitions Cluster bombs 

Notes

Conflict of interests

None are declared.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Neurosurgery Division, Faculty of Medical SciencesLebanese UniversityBeirutLebanon
  2. 2.Faculty of MedicineAmerican University of BeirutBeirutLebanon

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