Use of the 3S Trans Tibial Prosthesis on Two Children with Meningococcal Septicemia

B. GIAVEDONI, B.Sc.,C.P.(C), P. OSBORNE, B.Sc.,C.P.(C). AND E. LEGGAT, Dip. P & OT, B.Sc.P.T., & MCPA

Meningococcal septicemia is an air borne virus that commonly affects young children. The Canadian Centre for Prosthetics, in conjunction with the Hugh MacMillan Rehabilitation Centre Amputee Clinic, currently follows five children between the ages of 2 years and 8 years.

Initial conventional fittings proved to be bulky and cumbersome. With problems in suspension resulting from scar tissue, we have since fitted two children with bilateral trans tibial amputations. Both patients also have an extensive degree of upper extremity involvement.

This has resulted in a more positive suspension and an improved gait pattern and a reduction in residuum irritation.

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