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, 98 (15), 1320-6

Advances in 3D-Printed Pediatric Prostheses for Upper Extremity Differences

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Advances in 3D-Printed Pediatric Prostheses for Upper Extremity Differences

Kara S Tanaka et al. J Bone Joint Surg Am.

Abstract

➤The prohibitive cost of cutting-edge prostheses prevents many children with a limb difference from obtaining them; however, new developments in 3-dimensional (3D) printing have the potential to increase the accessibility, customization, and procurement of such devices.➤Children with upper limb differences are ideal candidates for currently available 3D-printed devices because they quickly damage and outgrow prostheses, and the low cost of 3D printing makes repairs and upgrades substantially more affordable.➤Physicians and medical practitioners should become familiar with the possibilities of 3D-printed devices in order to determine the benefits and utility for their patients.

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