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External fixation with supercutaneous calcaneal locking plate for displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23199863     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to retrospectively evaluate patients who had open reduction and external fixation of displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures with supercutaneous calcaneal locking plates used as external fixators.
METHODS: Between October 2007 and June 2009, 25 cases were performed. According to the Sanders classification system, 17 cases were type IIA and there were two cases each of type IIB, type IIC, type IIIAC, and type IV. Three months after surgery, when imaging studies confirmed bone union, the plates and screws were removed in the outpatient clinic. The average time of follow-up was 36 (range, 33 to 48) months.
RESULTS: Two cases (8%) had superficial wound necrosis and no pin tract infections were noted. The reduction of the articular surface and bone union were good. Two cases of type IIA developed lateral wall exostosis, which resulted in peroneal tendinitis. The preoperative x-rays of the 25 patients had an average Böhler's angle of 12° ± 9° and Gissane's angle of 87° ± 8°. Their postoperative x-ray films demonstrated that the Böhler angle improved to 30° ± 7° and the Gissane angle to 116° ± 7° (p < .01). According to the Ankle-Hindfoot Clinical Rating System of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), their average score was 91 (range, 68 to 100) points.
CONCLUSION: Using a supercutaneous calcaneal locking plate to treat calcaneal fractures caused limited tissue irritation, a low rate of local skin infection, satisfactory reduction of the articular surface, stable fixation, and an overall reduced cost.
Guozhu Zhang; Xieyuan Jiang; Manyi Wang
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Foot & ankle international     Volume:  33     ISSN:  1071-1007     ISO Abbreviation:  Foot Ankle Int     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-03     Completed Date:  2013-03-12     Revised Date:  2014-08-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9433869     Medline TA:  Foot Ankle Int     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1113-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Bone Plates*
Bone Screws
Calcaneus / injuries,  radiography,  surgery*
Device Removal
Equipment Design
External Fixators*
Fracture Fixation / methods*
Fracture Healing
Fractures, Bone / radiography,  surgery*
Fractures, Comminuted / radiography,  surgery
Middle Aged
Retrospective Studies
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Young Adult

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