Hair tourniquet


A condition wherein a hair or other thread becomes tied around a toe or finger tightly, so as to put the digit at risk of damage.

Occasionally, known as toe tourniquet.

The problem usually arises in babies and small children when hairs and thread are lost loosely inside socks.

The hairs or thread can become spontaneously tied round a toe and will tend to tighten with wriggling.

Can occur during sleep, usually under duvets or sheets which have loose threads.

In primarily young children, they will become suddenly uncomfortable and miserable.

The cause may not be clear initially.

The toe or finger will therefore swell and turn blue, indicating ischemia.

The ligature is cut or dissolved as quickly as possible is the management.

Outcomes are excellent.

Loss of a digit is rare, as is any residual disability.

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