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Acute compression and lengthening by the Ilizarov technique for infected nonunion of the tibia with large bone defects.
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PMID:  17200528     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To assess the Ilizarov technique in treating large infected tibial defects by resection of the infected focus, its acute compression, and gradual distant site lengthening. METHODS: 27 men (mean age, 39 years) with infected nonunion and large bone defects of the tibia underwent complete resection of the nonunion site, debridement, sequestrectomy, lavage, and Ilizarov ring fixator application. Patients underwent acute compression of the defect site, followed by distant site metaphyseal corticotomy for simultaneous lengthening. The mean length of resection was 10 (range, 6-17) cm. The mean follow-up was 27 (range, 25-39) months. RESULTS: The mean lengthening achieved was 10 cm, mean union time 6.3 months, and mean duration of consolidation 10.2 months. Functional results were excellent in 19 patients and good in 5. The union time was longer in older patients. CONCLUSION: Acute compression and simultaneous lengthening can be used safely for treatment of large bone defects in the tibia. This avoids secondary operations at the docking site and reduces the duration of treatment.
M P Magadum; C M Basavaraj Yadav; M S Phaneesha; L J Ramesh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of orthopaedic surgery (Hong Kong)     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1022-5536     ISO Abbreviation:  J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong)     Publication Date:  2006 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-01-03     Completed Date:  2007-05-25     Revised Date:  2010-03-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9440382     Medline TA:  J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong)     Country:  China    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  273-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Orthopaedics, St John's Medical College Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
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MeSH Terms
Equipment Design
Fractures, Ununited / surgery*
Ilizarov Technique* / instrumentation
Middle Aged
Tibial Fractures / surgery*
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J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong). 2007 Apr;15(1):122   [PMID:  17429136 ]

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