Traumatic amputation of the forearm is the result of a traumatic injury to the arm, such as a cut, burn, or crush.
Diagnosis of traumatic amputation of the forearm is based on physical examination, imaging studies, and patient history. Physical examination will reveal a lack of sensation and movement in the affected area. Imaging studies such as x-ray, CT scan, or MRI can help determine the extent of the injury and the need for surgical intervention.
Differential diagnoses for traumatic amputation of the forearm include degloving injuries, crush injuries, and other traumatic injuries to the arm.
Treatment for traumatic amputation of the forearm may include surgical reconstruction, prosthetic fitting, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Reconstructive surgery may be necessary to repair damaged tissue and bone. Prosthetic fitting and rehabilitation can help the patient regain function in the affected area.
Prognosis for traumatic amputation of the forearm depends on the extent of the injury and the individual patient’s response to treatment. Most patients who receive appropriate treatment can regain some function in the affected arm.