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Digital Strangulation by Idli Plate/Mould

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Children can convert many household items into hazardous articles. A proper vigilance is needed to prevent these incidences and in in case such even occurs an early medical advice will be helpful.

Case Report | Volume 7 | Issue 1 | JOCR January – February 2017 | Page 100-101| Shaunak Patwardhan, Sandeep Patwardhan, Ashok Shyam. DOI: 10.13107/jocr.2250-0685.710

Authors: Shaunak Patwardhan[1], Sandeep Patwardhan[2], Ashok Shyam[2]

[1] Department Bharati Vidyapeeth University Medical College, Pune, India
[2] Sancheti Institute for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Pune India.
[3] Indian Orthopaedic Research Group, Thane, India.

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Saunak Patwardhan,
Bharati Vidyapeeth University Medical College, Pune, India.



Introduction: Digital injures are common in children less than 5 years age and most common is cursh injury by jamming in door hinges. Occationally children may also stuck there fingers in utensils and we report one such incidence where the finger was stuck in idli plate mould
Case Report: A 3-year-old girl presented with her finger stuck in the central hole of the idli plate mould around 2 hours back. Repeated attempts were made at home to remove the finger and there was visible laceration with edema of the finger. The plate mould was cut using surgical pliers. Wound was sutured and dressing done. Follow up was uneventful and child had normal functions at final follow up of 6 months
Conclusion: The case report brings to attention that children can convert anything into hazardous article. Early medical attension should be seeked in any such event and with proper management, results are good.
Keywords: digital strangulation, idli plate mould, pediatric injury.

Finger injuries are not uncommon in children and most studies have mentioned that door crush injuries are the most common injuries in children less than 5 years age [1-3]. It is rare to find direct sharp injuries and its rarer to find injuries where fingers are stuck in hollow/ringed objects. We could find just one case which reported finger of a child stuck in Idli mould [4]. The following report outlines a similar case of digital strangulation caused by this kitchen utensil, idli plate mould.

Case report
A 3-year-old child was presented with her right index finger stuck in the central hole of an idli plate/mould causing digital strangulation. Finger showed laceration wound at the base and was oedematous (Fig. 1 a, b). The finder was stuck since last 2 hours and multiple failed attempt to remove the finger were done at home. Wound and oedema over finger led to further strangulation on attempt to pull the finger out. Primary assessment revelaed that the plate cannot be removed without causing further damage. Thus a decision to cut the plate to release the finger was taken. Child was given general anaesthesia and hand was painted and draped. Surgical pliers were used to cut through the plate (Fig. 2). The finger could be released without further damage. The laceration at the base of the finger was washed and explored. No tendon injury was found and would was sutured. The follow up was uneventful and at final follow up of 6 moths child had fully functional finger and hand.

Fingers getting trapped between doors or drawers is a common day to day occurrence but fingers stuck in rings or other holes are rarely reported [1-3]. Fingers and fingertips are common sites of injury due to the sheer amount of usage. However seldom do these small injuries require medical attention and are left to heal after simple home remedies. However as existing literature also suggests, toddlers are highly susceptible to injuries of fingers and fingertips which may lead to complications. Studies show that such injuries are frequent in children <5 years of age [1]. Substantial literature and evidence is present to underline the common causes of hand injuries in the toddler and pediatric age group. The same also states that almost all of these cases are “unintentional” injuries. Lacerations and fracture of the phalanges are the most common of the injuries and that digits are involved in majority of the cases [5]. Finger stuck in a hole /trapped in a door are the most common cause of finger injuries which usually can be managed without medical intervention. Household remedies like applying oil, soap, cold water etc as lubricants are commonly employed to free the finger which invariably succeeds barring rare occasions where medical intervention is required. It is also interesting to note that in a study highlighting hand injuries involving 382 patients only 5 (1.3%) required hospitalization [5]. However an independent study, considering all injuries, showed that almost half of all deaths in children between 1-4 years were caused as a result of injuries related to unintentional accidents and that majority of unintentional injuries occur in the home environment and surprisingly many under supervision. This goes on to prove that the same cannot be ignored and safeguarding against such accidents is essential [7].
Finger injuries in children can cause pain and inability to use the finger. Amputation can also be caused by finger injuries and digital strangulation with permanent shortening of the length and varying degree of incapacity of the digit. Various causative factors for the same have to be reported so as to ensure safeguard against them and implement preventive measures. As reinforced in available literature preventive measures in and around the household will help prevent and reduce frequency and extent of finger injuries in children. Educating the care giver to the child about the same is an effective method of prevention [8]. Idli is a steamed rice cake that is commonly eaten in south India as a staple diet and idli making at home is a common cultural practice. The idli palte mould is part of any kitchen set in that region. A similar case of digital strangulation was reported by Alexander and Alexander in 2012 from south of India [4]. In their case also the child was three year old and presented with edematous index finger stuck in the idli plate mould. They used heavy duty steel plate cutter under local anaesthesia. In our case we used surgical plier but conducted the procedure under sedation and short GA as the child was not cooperative.

Clinical Mesage
In case of digital strangulation injuries, surgical removal of the offending object is the best approach rather than attempting forced removal of the edematous digit.

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How to Cite This Article: Patwardhan S, Patwardhan S, Shyam A. Digital Strangulation by Idli Plate/Mould. Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports 2017 Jan-Feb: 7(1):100-101 . Available from:


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