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Rise in limb loss

U.S. troops suffered a dramatic rise in amputations and genital injuries last year, according to surgeons at the U.S. military hospital in Germany through which nearly every seriously wounded soldier passes.

Chart tracking amputation numbers

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New wounds for Afghanistan troops
Article | Doctors and nurses treating soldiers injured in Afghanistan have begun speaking of a new "signature wound" - two legs blown off at the knee or higher, accompanied by damage to the genitals and pelvic injuries requiring at least a temporary colostomy.
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Report reveals steep increase in war amputations last fall
Article | The majority of American soldiers undergoing amputation for war wounds last fall lost more than one limb, according to data presented Tuesday to the Defense Health Board, a committee of experts that advises the Defense Department on medical matters.

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