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SA Orthopaedic Journal

versión On-line ISSN 2309-8309

SA orthop. j. vol.8 no.4 Pretoria ene. 2009

 

CASE REPORT AND REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE

 

Simultaneous ipsilateral femur and tibia lengthening after an iatrogenic nerve injury: Shortening external fixator time

 

 

FF Birkholtz

MBChB(Pret), MMed(Orth)(Pret), FCOrth(SA; Netcare Unitas, Zuid Afrikaans and Steve Biko Academic Hospitals, Pretoria, South Africa

Correspondence

 

 


ABSTRACT

Limb lengthening using distraction osteogenesis is an established technique; however it is often limited by prolonged external fixation times, with their associated difficulties and complications. A case is presented where a leg lengthening was performed with a relatively short external fixation time. This was made possible by the equal distribution of the patient's leg length discrepancy between the femur and tibia, secondary to an iatrogenic nerve injury while the patient was still growing. The technique of simultaneous ipsilateral femoral and tibial lengthening was shown to be an effective method of shortening external fixator time in this case and opens the door for further application of this technique in other clinical scenarios.


 

 

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Dr FF Birkholtz
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South Africa
Tel:+27(0)12 644-2641; Fax:+27(0)12 644-2642
Email: fbirkholtz@gmail.com

 

 

No benefits of any form have been received from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article. Written informed consent was obtained from the patient to use his information and X-rays for the purposes of this article.

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