Meat tenderizer assault and associated facial trauma: A case report1

Ryan Hudnall, Bailey Hassman, Katie Geelan-Hansen

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Background: Blunt trauma to the face, head and neck is frequently encountered in violent assaults (Brink, 2009 [1]). There can be trauma to the cranium in high energy mechanisms, though interpersonal trauma is less likely to be associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI) (Salentijn et al., 2014 [2]). Case report: We describe severe soft tissue facial trauma, ocular trauma, subdural and epidural hematomas as well as calvarial fractures, orbital floor and zygomaticomaxillary complex (ZMC) fracture following assault with a meat tenderizer. Due to the unique mechanism of trauma and the extent of injury including TBI coordination of care involved many teams. The patient was treated, then discharged to a skilled nursing facility with subsequent discharge to home. He has continued neurocognitive improvement but loss of vision in the left eye. Conclusion: Violent trauma with a meat tenderizer can lead to significant soft tissue trauma, facial fractures, calvarial fractures and TBI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100648
JournalTrauma Case Reports
StatePublished - Jun 2022


  • Blunt facial trauma
  • Facial trauma
  • Ocular injury
  • Zygomatic fracture
  • Zygomatic repair
  • Zygomaticomaxillary complex fracture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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