0
Articles   |    
Complications of Limb-Lengthening in Children Who Have an Underlying Bone Disorder*
DOUGLAS NAUDIE, M.D.†; REGGIE C. HAMDY, M.D.†; FRANÇOIS FASSIER, M.D.†; MORRIS DUHAIME, M.D.†, MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA
View Disclosures and Other Information
Investigation performed at Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, McGill University, Montreal
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 1998 Jan 01;80(1):18-24
5 Recommendations (Recommend) | 3 Comments | Saved by 3 Users Save Case

Abstract

We retrospectively reviewed the results, particularly with regard to complications, of lengthening of long bones in eight children (nine limb segments) who had a limb-length discrepancy secondary to an underlying bone disorder (Group 1). The mean age of these patients was twelve years (range, six to sixteen years), the mean preoperative limb-length discrepancy was 6.0 centimeters (range, 2.7 to 8.8 centimeters), and the mean lengthening of the nine limb segments was 6.2 centimeters (range, 2.7 to 9.0 centimeters). Only two extremities were equalized.We compared the results in Group 1 with those of limb-lengthening in seven children (nine limb segments) who had a discrepancy secondary to post-traumatic growth arrest (Group 2) and seven children (seven limb segments) who had a discrepancy secondary to growth arrest following an infection in the bone (Group 3). All of the procedures were performed at our institution during the same time-period by the same surgeons.There were forty-one complications (twenty-five minor and sixteen major), with a mean of five complications per limb segment, in Group 1; twenty-six complications (twenty minor and six major), with a mean of three complications per limb segment, in Group 2; and twenty-two complications (fourteen minor and eight major), with a mean of three complications per limb segment, in Group 3.The results in Group 1 suggest that the Ilizarov technique for lengthening, although effective in restoring the length of the extremity, is associated with a higher rate of complications in patients who have a discrepancy due to an underlying bone disorder than in those who have a discrepancy due to growth arrest. Therefore, caution should be exercised before a lengthening procedure is recommended for a patient who has an underlying bone disorder.

Figures in this Article
    Sign In to Your Personal ProfileSign In To Access Full Content
    Not a Subscriber?
    Get online access for 30 days for $35
    New to JBJS?
    Sign up for a full subscription to both the print and online editions
    Register for a FREE limited account to get full access to all CME activities, to comment on public articles, or to sign up for alerts.
    Register for a FREE limited account to get full access to all CME activities
    Have a subscription to the print edition?
    Current subscribers to The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery in either the print or quarterly DVD formats receive free online access to JBJS.org.
    Forgot your password?
    Enter your username and email address. We'll send you a reminder to the email address on record.

     
    Forgot your username or need assistance? Please contact customer service at subs@jbjs.org. If your access is provided
    by your institution, please contact you librarian or administrator for username and password information. Institutional
    administrators, to reset your institution's master username or password, please contact subs@jbjs.org

    References

    Accreditation Statement
    These activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
    CME Activities Associated with This Article
    Submit a Comment
    Please read the other comments before you post yours. Contributors must reveal any conflict of interest.
    Comments are moderated and will appear on the site at the discretion of JBJS editorial staff.

    * = Required Field
    (if multiple authors, separate names by comma)
    Example: John Doe





    Related Content
    The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery
    JBJS Case Connector
    Topic Collections
    Related Audio and Videos
    PubMed Articles
    Clinical Trials
    Readers of This Also Read...
    JBJS Jobs
    10/12/2011
    NY - Modern Chiropractic Care, P.C.
    05/03/2012
    CA - UCLA/OH Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    11/15/2013
    LA - Ochsner Health System