spica cast

spica cast

a cast of layers overlapping in a V pattern, covering two body parts greatly different in size, as the hip and waist, thumb and wrist, etc.

SPICA cast

Orthopedic surgery A body cast that fits over both legs, encasing the lower body from the nipple line down

spi·ca cast

(spī'kă kast)
1. Successive strips of material applied to the body and the first part of a limb, or to the hand and a finger, which overlap slightly in a V to resemble an ear of grain.
2. Special type of cast used to immobilize the hip. Usually extends from the midthorax to below the knee. The hip is immobilized in abduction.
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All patients were immobilized for an average of 2 to 3 months in a plaster spica cast until radiographic signs of union.
Pediatric femur fractures: Effectsof spica cast treatment on family and community.
A Spica table is used to provide both stability and maneuverability while applying a hip spica cast.
"She was subsequently in a spica cast, which is a full body cast, for three months followed by six months in a hip abduction brace.
Eva is raising money for DDH UK, a hip dysplasia charity, after she was diagnosed with developmental dysplasia of the hip and spent weeks in a spica cast.
Postoperatively, the hand was placed in the thumb spica cast for 4 weeks after which the cast was switched to a thumb spica removable splint for an additional 2 weeks.
Reduction was cheeked by flouroscopy and hip spica cast applied while the operated joint immobilized in the reduced position.
"Stephen will be in a spica cast for six weeks following the procedure (to) avoid further deformities such as pelvic obliquity and developing spinal scoliosis.
After surgery a Spica Cast is used to keep the hips aligned in the proper position while the tissue around the hip joint heals.
The patient was treated by immobilization of the thumb in a spica cast for 4 weeks.