We describe the case of an 11 and a half years old girl with pain, mobility limitations and joints' deformities following surgery and radiotherapy for a synovial sarcoma. Beside physiotherapy an individual psychotherapy support has been necessary. The need to re-think her own story, characterized by feelings of abandon and non deserving love, as well as by a non acceptation of her physical deformities, emerged. This case invites to consider psychiatric aspects as part of the diagnostic moment which begins and directs the rehabilitative treatment; this evaluation shouldn't be limited to potentially traumatic events or situations, even if immediately evident, but should explore as deeply as possible the patient's psychic structure.
|Translated title of the contribution||Pain, heat, redness, swelling... and psyche?|
|Title of host publication||Quaderni ACP|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - May 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health