Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Incidence Risk Factors Symptoms Evaluation Treatment questions for doctor Home Care warning signs Prevention Outlook Complications Underlying Cause

Hair Tourniquet Evaluation

The evaluation of a wrapped hair begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with a wrapped hair may include:

  • Tightly wrapped piece of hair around a finger, toe or penis
  • Swelling of the end of the finger, toe or penis
  • Redness of the end of the finger, toe or penis
  • Pale skin on the end of the finger, toe or penis
  • Bleeding at the site of the wrapped hair

Tests are not required to make the diagnosis of a wrapped hair.

Continue to Hair Tourniquet Treatment

Last Updated: Sep 3, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
Copyright DSHI Systems, Inc. Powered by: FreeMD - Your Virtual Doctor

PubMed Hair Tourniquet References
  1. Barton DJ, Sloan GM, Nichter LS, Reinisch JF. Hair-thread tourniquet syndrome. Pediatrics. 1988 Dec;82(6):925-8. [3186385]
  2. Golshevsky J, Chuen J, Tung PH. Hair-thread tourniquet syndrome. J Paediatr Child Health. 2005 Mar;41(3):154-5. Review. [15790330]
  3. Liow RY, Budny P, Regan PJ. Hair thread tourniquet syndrome. J Accid Emerg Med. 1996 Mar;13(2):138-9. [8653242]
FreeMD is provided for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a physician. Please review our terms of use.