Volume 2024, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0253-8253
  • EISSN: 2227-0426


Introduction: This study aimed to retrospectively analyze patients who presented to the orthopedic and traumatology clinic following the 2023 Kahramanmaraş earthquakes.

Patients and Methods: Over a week after the earthquakes, two hundred and sixty patients were consulted at our clinic. Demographic data of the patients, duration of being under the rubble, fracture locations, types of surgeries performed, number of surgical sessions attended by individuals, and early mortality rate within one month were determined.

Results: The mean age of the patients was 40.2 ± 22.4 years. One hundred thirty-eight (53.1%) were female, and 122 (46.9%) were male. The average duration of being under the rubble was determined as 27.1 ± 28.0 hours. Sixteen patients died within one month after the earthquake. The one-month mortality rate among patients with orthopedic injuries was 6.15%. Forty-seven fasciotomies were performed in 35 patients, and 22 amputations were performed in 19 patients. The most injured region was the lower extremity (78 cases, 40%). The ratio of external and internal fixation in extremity fractures was 22%.

Conclusions: The management of musculoskeletal injuries can be successful with proper triage and treatment plans. Decisions regarding fasciotomy and amputation in patients with crush syndrome following an earthquake should be individualized. Implant sets should be planned accordingly, especially considering the higher occurrence of lower extremity injuries.


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Keyword(s): amputationcrush syndromeEarthquakefasciotomy and fracture
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