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Revista Médica del Uruguay

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CAMACHO, Eliana; GUTIERREZ, Diego; GIACHERO, Virginia  and  JACOBO, Oscar. Grinder injuries treated at the Clínicas and Pasteur Hospital of Montevideo, Uruguay. Rev. Méd. Urug. [online]. 2022, vol.38, n.3, e203.  Epub Sep 01, 2022. ISSN 0303-3295.


grinder injuries represent a large number of consultations for plastic surgeons in our country. This study aims to learn about the epidemiological characteristics of patients who consulted for these lesions and the circumstances of the accidents, and to analyze whether there is a relationship between the conditions for tool use and the severity of lesions.


we conducted a retrospective, descriptive, transversal study where we collected data from the patients who consulted for grinder injuries at the emergency departments of Pasteur and Clínicas Hospital during a 6-month period.


seventy-six patients were included in the study, most of which were male working adults (between 39 and 58 years-old) who had temporary jobs or were performing construction works and had low levels of education. 84% of lesions were severe. 61% of patients did not respect safety regulations at the time of the accident. Most lesions occurred out of working hours.


based on our study, we could identify the epidemiological profile of the most vulnerable population for this kind of lesions. We proved that most grinder lesions are severe and their management requires complex procedures.

Keywords : Accidents, Home; Occupational accidents; Accident proneness; Hand injuries; Tendon injuries.

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