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A Journal on Orthopedics and Traumatology

Official Journal of the Piedmontese-Ligurian-Lombard Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology
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Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2006 December;57(6):531-8

language: Italian

Orthopedic prosthesis and medical damage: a forensic viewpoint

Malcontenti R. 1, Picchioni D. M. 1, Molinelli A. 1, Ventura F. 1, Becchetti F. 2, Franchin F. 2

1 Sezione di Medicina Legale Dipartimento di Medicina Legale, del Lavoro, di Criminologia e Psicologia Medica (DIMEL), Università degli studi di Genova, Genova
2 Clinica Ortopedica e Traumatologica Università degli Studi di Genova, Genova


In order of frequency the articulations currently more frequent center of prosthesis are the hip, the knee, the shoulder and the elbow. The authors analyze the possible complications of the interventions of prosthesis underlining as, some of them, can be caused from a medical error. In the conclusive part of the job they assessment of damage in the interventions of prosthesis, remembering that with medical damage they intends both medical complications and medical pathology and that the assessment of the damage in Criminal Law has the purpose of the protection of the physical-psychic integrity of the person; in the Civil Law it has the object of the compensation for damages and, finally, in social insurances it concerns industrial accidents and professional illnesses, pensionable invalidity and civil invalidity.

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