The Use of 3D Printed Customized Casts in Children with Upper Extremity Fractures: A Report of Two Cases

Document Type : CASE REPORT

Authors

1 Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2 Rutgers-RWJMSRutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

Abstract

3D printing is an evolving technology which has a potential application in the treatment pediatric forearm fractures. Very
little has been published with regard to 3D casting in children. We present two cases in which upper extremity fractures in
pediatric patients were treated by wearing a custom made 3D printed cast. At latest follow-up at least one year post-injury,
the clinical outcomes were excellent.
Orthopaedic surgeons may benefit from familiarizing themselves with the potential of 3D printing technology and utilizing
its current applications, as well as devising future applications, in clinical practice.
Level of evidence: IV

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