GORE INJURY IN AN URBAN SCENE IN NIGERIA
Keywords:Gore injuries, Open pneumothorax, Chest injuries.
Aim: Gore injuries are common in rural areas but animals within the city could pose similar risk. This case report highlights gore injury in an urban dweller who had a single system injury and its subsequent management. It aim to raise vigilance that this could become more prevalent with open grazing becoming a norm in our society.
Case report: This report presents a case of an urban male motorcyclist who was gored by a cow from a herd grazing within the city while riding his motorcycle. He presented with complaints of dyspnea and right sided chest pain. He had an open pneumothorax. The wound was debrided, closed, primarily and a right sided closed thoracostomy tube drainage system was instituted. He improved satisfactorily and was discharged from in-patient care on the 5th day post trauma.
Conclusion: Presentation of Gore injury could vary from a single system injury to complex clinical situation involving multiple organs. Increasing frequency with varying demographics could be expected if open grazing, even in urban areas, continues unabated.