Doctors in China are utilizing 3D printing to come to the aid of a patient in dire need of a solution. Ms. Lu, a 62-year-old Chinese woman had been active for her age. Whether it was playing badminton or table tennis, she was always quite the competitor. That is until recently, when she thought that she had experienced a sports injury related to her competitive nature.
About six months ago she experienced pain in her right leg which she initially thought was a sprain, but when the pain came back even more severe two months ago, she had no choice but to go to the hospital. Upon arrival, doctors could not find the cause of her tremendous pain, pain that had taken this active woman and made her pretty much bedridden.
Finally Dean Professor Wang Jin-cheng, from the Department of Orthopedics at the Second Hospital of Jilin University, discovered that the pain was coming from Ms. Lu’s pelvic area. After further testing, they determined that Lu’s pain was the cause of a condition known as renal cell carcinoma bone metastases, a condition where cancer cells metastasize to healthy bone tissue. Usually this is an incurable condition which doctors can only treat the symptoms of by trying to reduce pain. The pain is usually severe, and Ms. Lu’s case was certainly no different. … (Read more)