Cast abscess: A case report

Kelly Carmichael, Nicholas R. Goucher

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This report describes a case in which a pediatric patient wounded his ankle when he stuck an object inside the cast while trying to scratch himself. The wound became infected and resulted in a limb-threatening abscess. Although most patients treated with casts do not have any significant problems, it is important to emphasize cast care instructions to young patients and their parents. In addition, it may be equally important to advise patients about safe methods to alleviate itching, such as blowing cool air under the cast. In this way, the risk of serious infectious complications can be minimized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-139
Number of pages3
JournalOrthopaedic Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2006


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Carmichael, K., & Goucher, N. R. (2006). Cast abscess: A case report. Orthopaedic Nursing, 25(2), 137-139.