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SA Orthopaedic Journal

On-line version ISSN 2309-8309
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FERREIRA, N; BIRKHOLTZ, F  and  MARAIS, LC. Tibial non-union treated with the TL-Hex: A case report. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2015, vol.14, n.1, pp.44-47. ISSN 2309-8309.

Tibial non-unions are difficult to treat, even for the experienced orthopaedic trauma surgeon. Despite being relatively common problems, controversy exists regarding their ideal management. We report a case of a stiff oligotrophic tibial non-union successfully treated with the new TL-Hex (Orthofix, Verona, Italy) circular external fixator. Closed gradual distraction was effective to correct all deformities and stimulate bone formation without the need for a tibial osteotomy or bone graft.

Keywords : tibia; non-union; oligotrophic; hexapod; TL-Hex.

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