Cutaneous Cautery (Al-Kowie): A Study in a Pediatric Outpatient Clinic in Central Saudi Arabia

Cutaneous cautery is a traditional therapeutic technique practiced widely in Saudi Arabia. During an 11-month period, in a pediatric orthopedic clinic, 67 of 298 new patients (22%) were seen who had had cutaneous cautery. Their parents were interviewed by questionnaire. The largest proportion of cautery treatments had occurred in patients with polio. Though the group of patients with neurodevelopmental disorders outnumbered polio patients, less had had cautery. The parents' educational level did not seem to affect the decision to seek cautery treatment, and the patients' grandparents were often influential in the decision for cautery. Cautery was generally sought after conventional medical treatment, and the majority of parents felt that the cautery did not help.
Source: Annals of Saudi Medicine - Category: Journals (General) Tags: ISSUE 5 Source Type: research

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