Turkish Neurosurgery 2011 , Vol 21 , Num 3
Scissors in Brain: An Unusual Presentation of Tribal Culture in India
Apoorva KUMAR, Rajendra PANDEY, Kulwant SINGH, Vivek SHARMA
Institute of Medical Sciences, Department of Neurosurgery, Varanasi, India DOI : 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.2838-09.3 AIM: To observe the neurological complications arising from various tribal practices and their management. Penetrating head injuries comprise only a small number of total head injuries. A penetrating head injury by deliberate attempt to treat an ailment is almost unheard of.

MATERIAL and METHODS: We present here a case of penetrating head injury caused by stabbing a scissor in head by a local witch doctor in order to treat a psychiatric ailment.

RESULTS: The patient was taken up for for surgery and managed accordingly. Relevant literature was reviewed regarding various foreign bodies in traumatic missile and non missile brain injuries and their surgical management. Keywords : Penetrating injury, Brain, Scissors, Tribal culture, Head injury

Corresponding author : Apoorva Kumar, apoorvakumar80@gmail.com