Türk Nöroşirürji Dergisi 2015 , Vol 25 , Num 3
A Rare Case of Head Trauma Caused by Harpoon
İbrahim Burak ATCI1, Serdal ALBAYRAK1, Hakan YILMAZ2, Nejat YILMAZ1, Ömer Doğan ALATAŞ3, Evrim GÜL3
1Elazığ Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Beyin ve Sinir Cerrahisi Servisi, Elazığ, Türkiye
2Düzce Atatürk Devlet Hastanesi, Beyin ve Sinir Cerrahisi Servisi, Düzce, Türkiye
3Elazığ Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Acil Servisi, Elazığ, Türkiye
Penetrating head traumas are rare injuries. The frequency is 20-60 per 1000000. Head trauma with hunting weapons and especially a harpoon is very rarely observed. These injuries have relatively high mortality and morbidity rates. A 38-year-old man had a penetrating head trauma because a harpoon was accidentally fired during fishing at a lake. A harpoon was seen to penetrate into the frontal scalp and temporal muscle at the lateral side of the left eye and projected to the temporoparietal region by glancing from the frontal and temporal bone. A plain skull radiograph was taken. The harpoon was removed under local anesthesia. After imaging, removal of the foreign body in the operation room instead of the emergency room is important for the prevention of possible complications. Early and appropriate neurosurgical management may improve the patient’s outcome considerably. Anahtar Kelimeler : Penetrating head trauma, Harpoon