The relationship between profit and risk, and the side effects of the orthopaedic treatment
© Le Blay; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009
Published: 14 December 2009
The orthopaedic treatment by thermoformed material is often a long treatment process, and although there is not a contraindication in this type of treatment, there are many known side effects. It is important to present to the patient the framework of the information about the treatment, including the various unwanted effects which he may meet [2, 3].
Rare, but most serious is the cast syndrome which can arise during a circular plaster cast application. It involves a gastric draining by probe before the removal of the brace
Pulmonary complications, including a collapsed lung, can be provoked by a cast that is too stiff preservation on a major kypho-scoliosis.
A possible destabilization of the abdominal internal organs (hernia, cystocele).
Vasculo-nervous injury can also occur (lower limbs stasis, compression of the femoro-cutaneous nerve).
Breast injury can occur from casting.
Cutaneous injuries at pressure points, with erythema, tanning of the skin which can be irreversible, ulceration, bursitis, and finally microbial infections can occur.
Psychological and aesthetic problems also occur.
In this abstract we report the results of over 50 braces worn more than 6 months and we present the side effects reported by the patients.
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