Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery

, Volume 108, Issue 1, pp 58–59 | Cite as

Impalement injuries

  • H. N. Bajaj
  • P. Sripathi Rao
  • B. Kumar
Current Problem Cases


Impalement injuries are still seen today and constitute a challenging form of trauma. Our experience with four cases is presented. The management of each case has to be individualised. It may not be necessary to lay open the tract taken by the impaling object in every case.


Public Health Challenging Form Impalement Injury 
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© Springer-Verlag 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. N. Bajaj
    • 1
  • P. Sripathi Rao
    • 1
  • B. Kumar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OrthopaedicsKasturba Medical College HospitalKarnatakaIndia

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