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Failure of LCP Condylar Plate Fixation in the Distal Part of the Femur
Eric E. Johnson, MD1
1 University of California, Los Angeles 10833 Le Conte Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90095
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The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2006 Nov 01;88(11):2539-2540
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To The Editor:I read with great concern the article entitled, "Failure of LCP Condylar Plate Fixation in the Distal Part of the Femur" (2006;88:846-853), by Vallier et al. The authors have attempted to provide a detailed analysis of the reasons for implant failure, but I believe that this article falls far short of the intended goal. By definition, these fractures occurred in the setting of severe soft-tissue injuries, and whether or not one uses "minimally invasive" operative technique probably will not affect healing rates under the circumstances described. In addition, four of the six failures were in patients with type-IIIA open fractures. I believe that there are some details, not specifically addressed in this small series of plate failures, that need both recognition and explanation.
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