Amputation (generic)

Last revised by Dr Yusra Sheikh on 08 Jun 2020

The term amputation refers to the disconnection of all or part of a limb from the body. Specifically, amputation is defined as the removal of the structure through a bone. This is in contrast to disarticulation, which is the removal of the structure through a joint.

When due to trauma, traumatic amputation can be disastrous, severing vital structures. Whereas surgical amputation is a controlled procedure that allows reconstruction of the stump (for function or use with prostheses thereafter). Amputations can also be congenital and autoamputation can also occur in the diabetic foot.

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: phalanges traumatic amputation
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  • Case 1: traumatic
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  • Case 2: surgical
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  • Case 3
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  • Case 4
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  • Case 5: surgical
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  • Case 6: shark bite
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  • Case 7: traumatic
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  • Case 8: traumatic finger amputation
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  • Case 9: traumatic
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  • Case 10: traumatic
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  • Case 10: traumatic amputation
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