Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sensation Following Forearm Cast Removal

A recent study in the Journal of Orthopedic Science reports on the short-term after-effects of forearm cast removal in children. Thirty three children (mean age 10 years old) experienced a forearm fracture. Seventeen children were treated with an above elbow cast and 16 were treated with a below elbow cast. Following removal of the above elbow cast, all 17 of the children reported a short term sensation that the hand felt weak and they needed the contra-lateral hand to help support it. In comparison, only one child with the below elbow cast reported this sensation. The researchers recommend that the children and parents should be informed of this possibility before removal of the cast.

Reference: Kalman Katz, Daniel Weigl, Tal Becker, Joseph Attias and Elhanan Bar-On Short-term after-effect of forearm cast removal in children Journal of Orthopaedic Science DOI: 10.1007/s00776-011-0054-2

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