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Complications of Ilizarov leg lengthening: a comparative study between patients with leg length discrepancy and short stature.
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PMID:  17053876     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Ilizarov technique has been used to treat severe limb length discrepancy and short stature. However, complications of this treatment are frequent. Between 1984 and 2001, 57 patients (94 tibias) had an Ilizarov procedure for limb lengthening. Twenty patients had limb discrepancy and 37 had short stature. Their mean age was 20.2 years (range 15-34). The average limb lengthening was 8.37 cm (range 3.2-14.7), which was equivalent to 26% (range 9.2-60%) average tibial lengthening. A total of 90 complications were observed. Thirty-three unplanned procedures were required during the lengthening programme. Two patients stopped the lengthening programme. There was no difference in the complications in leg lengthening using Ilizarov technique between the group of patients with leg length discrepancy and the group with short stature. A good knowledge of the Ilizarov technique is necessary to perform a lengthening programme with a low rate of complications.
B Vargas Barreto; J Caton; Z Merabet; J C Panisset; J P Pracros
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article     Date:  2006-10-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  International orthopaedics     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0341-2695     ISO Abbreviation:  Int Orthop     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-11     Completed Date:  2008-04-29     Revised Date:  2013-06-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7705431     Medline TA:  Int Orthop     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  587-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Hôpital Saint Joseph, Lyon, France.
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MeSH Terms
Body Height*
Ilizarov Technique*
Leg / surgery*

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