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Theory and Practice in Medicine, 2009, Vol. 15, No. 4

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Jolanta Labanauskienė, Kęstutis Saniukas, Benjaminas Siaurusaitis

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Key words: violence against children, violence related injuries.
Objective was to determine features of violence related injuries which children suffered in different public places.
Materials and methods. A retrospective study was carried out covering the medical documents of 2268 children treated  in Vilnius University Children’s Hospital during 1990–2007 due to  intentional  injuries. We have  investigated circumstances and mechanism of violence and also nature of suffered injuries.
Results. Injuries were mostly suffered by boys (86,2 %). The average age of injured children (both boys and girls) was between 12 and 15. In most cases these children suffered from violence in street or yard or near school and more rarely in other places such as forest, park, waterside, discotheque, etc. Typically children suffered from violence between 8 and 10 p.m. (30,1 %), but also very often between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. (23,6 %). In most cases children were injured by one unknown youngster or adult person by beating or kicking. Punctured, cut or gunshot wounds were in children between 15 and 17 years of age. These  injuries are characterized by cerebral  injuries  (37,5 % of patients), broken bones  (19,6 %),  including broken nasal bones (54,2 % of all broken bone cases), broken V metacarpal bone (19,3 % of all broken bone cases), and multiple bruises (16,8 %).
Conclusions. These injuries are relevant, as they are most common among all violence related injuries (72,9 %).

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