Thumb-sucking remedy leads to autoamputation

Case study: The infant lost his thumb after a bandage applied to discourage sucking led to tourniquet syndrome

A bandage applied to an infant’s thumb to discourage him from sucking the appendage worked too well when it led to an unusual case of tourniquet syndrome and thumb autoamputation, doctors report.

Ischaemic necrosis of the distal phalanx of the left thumb

The 12-month-old reported to Children’s Health Ireland in Dublin with ischaemic necrosis of the distal phalanx of the left thumb.

Six days earlier,

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