New International Terminology for the Classification of Congenital Limb Deficiencies


In 1972, the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) meeting in Dundee, Scotland convened a working group to study the problem of the complex terminologies used in describing limb deficiencies in children. This working group was continued as a subcommittee of ISPO, and at the time of the meeting in Montreux, Switzerland in 1974 concluded its study with a recommendation for "a new international terminology for the classification of congenital limb deficiencies." The working group was chaired by Hector Kay, then Assistant Executive Director of the Committee on Prosthetics Research and Development of the National Academy of Science/National Research Council in Washington, D.C. Other members of the working group represented England, Scotland, and West Germany. At a meeting of the Subcommittee on Children's Prosthetic Problems (SCPP), of the Committee on Prosthetics Research and Development in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in May 1974, the new terminology was adopted for use by member clinics. Because ACPOC was derived from SCPP, it would therefore follow that ACPOC approves of this terminology, and a review of the new international terminology is therefore presented.

*Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104