Electronic Prostheses for Children: Use and Abuse

R. H. N. FIELDEN, MD AND STEVEN FISHER, MD


Use of electronic prostheses over the past ten years in a non-Shrine, non-state-funded children's prosthetic clinic is reviewed. Attention is focused on the amount of use and the number of rejections of the electronic prostheses.

We attempted to determine the clinical rationale and indications for an electronic prosthesis as compared with a body-powered one for children, particularly the optimum age and the suitable clinical reasons for the prescription.

Gillette Children's Hospital, 200 East University Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55101