Inpatient Rehabilitation of Survivors of Purpura Fulminans With Multiple Limb Amputations: A Case Series

Lauren T. Shapiro, Mark E. Huang

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Abstract

Shapiro LT, Huang ME. Inpatient rehabilitation of survivors of purpura fulminans with multiple limb amputations: a case series. Purpura fulminans (PF) is a rare, rapidly progressive syndrome characterized by intravascular thrombosis and necrosis of the skin and subcutaneous tissues. Survivors are often left with considerable impairments, including organ dysfunction, adjustment disorder, extensive wounds, and amputations. This retrospective case series presents 4 adult patients who underwent multiple limb amputations secondary to acute infectious PF. All patients underwent acute inpatient rehabilitation, were fitted with prostheses during their stay, and achieved a minimal assistance level for most of their self-care and mobility skills. Rehabilitation management is discussed, including common medical issues, complications, and prosthetic considerations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)696-700
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of physical medicine and rehabilitation
Volume90
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009

Keywords

  • Amputation
  • Purpura fulminans
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sepsis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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