Turkish Neurosurgery 2012 , Vol 22 , Num 6
Intracranial Sewing Needles in an Adult Patient
Atilla KAZANCI1, Halil Ibrahim OZDEMIR2, Burak KAZANCI3, Dilek Ozturk KAZANCI4, Uygur ER3
1TOBB University of Economics and Technology Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Ankara, Turkey
2Ministry of Health Corum State Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Corum, Turkey
3Ministry of Health Yildirim Beyazit Education and Research Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Ankara, Turkey
4Ministry of Health Yuksek İhtisas Education and Research Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology, Ankara, Turkey
DOI : 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.3854-10.1 A 37-year-old patient is reported with intracranial sewing needles, which were located in the right frontal lobe. Both clinical and radiological findings suggested that these needles must have been introduced in infancy before the closure of anterior fontanelle during an unsuccessful homicide. Usually intracranial foreign objects are placed due to penetrating trauma or surgical procedures. Child abuse has been known for centuries. Many types of physical traumas have been reported, especially in Western countries. In Iran, insertion of sewing needles into the brain aiming to kill the infant have been seen in a lot of cases. This situation takes part in a lot of Persian stories. We reported a 37-year-old man who had 2 intracranial sewing needles with unknown etiology. Keywords : Intracranial sewing needles, Infanticide, Anterior fontanelle
Corresponding author : Atilla Kazancı, atillakazanci@gmail.com