Self-inflicted abdominal stab wounds

Fizan Abdullah, Amy Nuernberg, Reuven Rabinovici

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Background: Self-inflicted abdominal stab wounds (ASWs) are uncommon. The present study aims to characterize the clinical profile of this unique group of psychiatric-surgical patients. Methods: A retrospective review of 23 patients with intentional self-inflicted ASWs at two urban level I trauma centres during a 10-year period. Results: Most patients were males (70%), ages ranging from 21 to 82 years (mean 40 years). Seventy-four percent of patients had a previous psychiatric history and prior suicide attempts were common (41%). Half of the patients had a positive admission drug or alcohol screen. Hypotension (systolic blood pressure (SBP)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-39
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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