TITLE

Splenic Injury Sustained During Body Hardening Drills and the Utility of Ultrasound in a Prehospital Combat Medical Environment

AUTHOR(S)
Everett, John J.; Laselle, Brooks; Kendall, John
PUB. DATE
March 2010
SOURCE
Military Medicine;Mar2010, Vol. 175 Issue 3, p182
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This report describes a case of intra-abdominal hemorrhage from body hardening drills in a U.S. soldier during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In body hardening, participants allow themselves to be repeatedly punched and kicked in an effort to impart physical resilience. Portable sonography was used to diagnose hemoperitoneum and to guide the decision for urgent surgical evacuation, ultimately resulting in splenectomy. The case illustrates the risks of body hardening, the medical challenges unique to a prehospital combat environment, and the utility of ultrasound in this setting.
ACCESSION #
48570883

 

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