Pediatric Upper Extremity Replantation: Courage in the Face of a Life-altering Injury

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Abstract

Background:

Pediatric plastic surgeons perform reconstructive surgeries for various congenital, oncologic, and traumatic injuries.

Methods:

Our Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Plastic Surgery team was tasked to care for a young man who suffered a proximal humeral amputation of his dominant upper extremity.

Results:

A multidisciplinary team collaborated throughout his entire acute care and postoperative course, guiding treatment and care in effort to maximize function of his replanted extremity.

Conclusions:

This case report details the patient’s unique journey and highlights his determination and courage to return back to a normal life.

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