Traditional herbal treatment induced bilateral amputation of the feet in a five-year-old child: A case report

Komang Agung Irianto, Tri Wahyu Martanto, Rendra Praliestyo Nugroho, Oen Sindrawati, Yudhistira Pradnyan Kloping

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Introduction: Bilateral gangrene of both legs in a child is a rare condition which may lead to sepsis when improperly treated. In certain rare cases, autoamputation may occur instead. We report a case of bilateral symmetrical autoamputation of the feet following necrotizing fasciitis after a fall injury which was treated with herbal medicine in a five-year-old child. Presentation of case: A five-year-old girl fell from a bicycle and was treated by a traditional healer by wrapping her legs with herbs and leaves. Within 24 h, the skin of both lower limbs darkened. Her vital signs show tachycardia and fever. Physical examination revealed bluish black sharp discoloration of both her lower extremities. On the 3rd day of systemic antibiotic administration, her feet, distal portion of both legs, and part of the thighs darkened progressively. The parents refused any additional intervention due to financial constraints and went back to the traditional healer. A month later, the patient returned to the hospital with both lower extremities autoamputated. The parents denied further treatment. Two months later, the patient was admitted to receive prostheses funded by the city council. Debridement of necrotic bone and soft tissue and skin grafting was performed. In the present day, the patient is in a healthy condition. Conclusion: The rare occurrence of bilateral autoamputation without any underlying vascular or neurological disorders in this patient is likely caused by vasospasm and thrombosis induced by the herbal treatments which prevent the systemic spread of infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-114
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Autoamputation
  • Bilateral autoamputation
  • Case report
  • Herbal treatment
  • Necrotizing fasciitis
  • Traditional treatment


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