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SA Orthopaedic Journal

On-line version ISSN 2309-8309
Print version ISSN 1681-150X

Abstract

FERREIRA, N; MARAIS, LC  and  ALDOUS, C. The pathogenesis of tibial non-union. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2016, vol.15, n.1, pp.51-59. ISSN 2309-8309.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2309-8309/2016/v15n1a5.

Bone healing is a unique and complex reparative process that results in fractures healing without scar tissue formation. Multiple factors have been implicated in altering this process. This paper reviews the factors that influence the process of bone healing and predispose to non-union development. Cognisance of these factors will assist orthopaedic surgeons in identifying fractures at risk of altered healing and guide the development of comprehensive management strategies for established non-unions.

Keywords : tibia; non-union; pathogenesis; fracture; healing.

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