CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 · IJNS 2018; 07(01): 043-045
DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1584590
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“Dupatta” Entanglement: Cause of Head Injury in Female Pillion Riders on Motorcycles

Sushilkumar M. Shinde
1  Department of Neurosurgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research & Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, India
,
Rajesh Kumar Sharma
1  Department of Neurosurgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research & Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, India
,
S. Bhaskar
1  Department of Neurosurgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research & Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, India
,
Ajay Chaudhary
1  Department of Neurosurgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research & Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, India
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Publication History

Received: 28 December 2015

accepted after revision: 10 February 2016

Publication Date:
12 April 2017 (eFirst)

Abstract

Road traffic accidents are a major cause of head injury. Direct head-on collision, hit by vehicle, and overturning of vehicle are some of the modes of road traffic accidents leading to head injury. A dupatta is an accessory worn by many females in the Indian subcontinent. It is wrapped around the neck like a scarf. It can get entangled in the vehicle leading to skidding of vehicle and consequent traumatic injury. There are many reported cases of cervical spine injury by this mechanism. However, this can also result in head injury due to direct impact. In this article we report two cases of head injury caused by entanglement of dupatta in the tire of a two-wheeler vehicle. In both cases the dupatta got entangled in the tire of vehicle leading to skidding of bike and then leading to head injury.