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Electrical stimulation in treatment of delayed union and nonunion of fractures and osteotomies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6390697     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study reviews the cases of 52 patients with 52 ununited fractures and osteotomies who were treated with two methods of electrical stimulation, one surgical, the other nonsurgical. Seventeen patients, 14 of whom had concomitant bone grafting, had implantation of a bone growth stimulator. There were three synovial pseudarthroses but no active infection in this group. The overall success rate in healing of the fractures was 82%. Thirty-five patients, of whom four had initial concomitant bone grafting, were treated with pulsing electromagnetic fields (PEMF). There were six draining infections but no pseudarthrosis in this group. Two nonunions healed after bone grafting was combined with PEMF treatment, when the latter alone had failed. Eighty-one percent of the fractures united, and drainage ceased in five of the six infections.
A W Dunn; G A Rush
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Southern medical journal     Volume:  77     ISSN:  0038-4348     ISO Abbreviation:  South. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1984 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-01-18     Completed Date:  1985-01-18     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404522     Medline TA:  South Med J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1530-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Bone Transplantation
Electric Stimulation Therapy / methods*
Femoral Fractures / therapy
Fractures, Ununited / therapy*
Humeral Fractures / therapy
Magnetic Field Therapy
Middle Aged
Tibial Fractures / therapy
Ulna Fractures / therapy
Wound Healing

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