Turkish Neurosurgery
Television Tip Overs and Head Traumas in Childhood: Results of 36 Children from a Reference Center in Central Anatolia, Turkey.
Ahmet Küçük1, Abdulfettah Tümtürk1
1Erciyes University School of Medicine, Neurosurgery, Kayseri,
DOI: 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.17401-16.1

Aim:Television tip overs and head traumas in children showed an increase in the recent years in Turkey and throughout the World. In this study, the injury types, the surgical interventions and the children exposed to head trauma due to an accident caused by a falling television were investigated retrospectively. Some cautions were suggested in order to prevent these injuries.Material and Methods:In the study, the gender, age, Pediatric Glasgow Coma Scale, radiologic findings, the need for intensive care unit, the period spent in the hospital, the applied surgical treatments, the accompanied treatment and pathology of 36 children’s case treated in the neurosurgery department of the Erciyes University School of Medicine were evaluated.Results:Eighteen of the patients were male and 18 were female. The number of cases under 3 years was 21 while the number of cases over the age of 3 was 14. In 32 of the cases was full head trauma. Three female patients died. The patients’ mean Pediatric Glasgow Coma Scale score was 12,7. While surgical treatment was applied to four of the patients in our department, facial nerve exploration was applied to the patient who suffered facial nerve damages in the Ear Nose and Throat Department. Conclusion:Each year many children are injured or even die due to this trauma which can be easily prevented. The parents, television producers, doctors, health personnel, academic institutions, governments, legislators, national and international organizations are responsible for this trauma.

Corresponding author : Ahmet Küçük