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Abstract Background: Limb amputation has been a common injury occurring in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Compared to other injuries, less attention has been given to this serious, disabling wound. The purpose of this article is to describe the Allied military experience of traumatic limb amputation in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and inform health care personnel involved in the care of serving military personnel and veterans about the scale of these particular casualties. Planned troop withdrawals should eventually result in fewer casualties, including reduced numbers of traumatic limb amputation. Introduction Traumatic limb amputation is a highly visible wound that causes enormous personal distress and disability as well as incurring considerable national cost in physical and vocational rehabilitation. Military Personnel in the Current Conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The rate of blast injuries causing traumatic limb amputation among US forces has increased since the surge of troops in Afghanistan. Dismounted Complex Blast Injury (DCBI) consisting of multiple limb amputations with pelvic, abdominal or genito-urinary injuries has been reported as increasing in frequency among US troops in Afghanistan since 2010. Purpose: The article describes the Allied military experience of traumatic limb amputation in Iraq and Afghanistan. Traumatic brain injury during Operation Iraqi Freedom: Findings from the United States Navy- Marine Corps Combat Trauma Registry. It intends to inform health care personnel involved in the care of serving military personnel and veterans about the scale of these casualties. Recently, this injury appears to be increasing in frequency in the war in Afghanistan1.
A pattern of multiple lower limb amputations, with associated severe abdominal, pelvic or genito-urinary injuries, has been dubbed the ‘new signature wound of the war’1, a term previously often used in relation to mild traumatic brain injury2.