Question

What potential complications do children with amputations typically encounter?

Answer

Potential complications for children with amputations may include: the development of scoliosis (in the child with a unilateral arm amputation), early development of low back degenerative joint disease (if a leg is amputated) and overuse syndromes (in the intact limb for individuals with unilateral arm or leg amputations).

Pgs. 591-620, Chapter 23 of Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management, Second Edition, 2011 or Meier, (2004). “Life Care Planning for the Child with an Amputation.” In S. Riddick-Grisham (Ed.) Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management (pp.681-692). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.)

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