Congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia. Long-term follow-up study.

L. S. Crossett, J. H. Beaty, R. R. Betz, W. Warner, M. Clancy, H. H. Steel

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Review of the literature reveals how difficult it is to assess the results of treatment of pseudarthrosis of the tibia. There is disagreement as to when the result can be considered final. This study reviewed the long-term results of treatment to determine if skeletal maturity could be considered the definitive end point of treatment or if the results deteriorate past skeletal maturity. In addition, the effect of neurofibromatosis on pseudarthrosis of the tibia is analyzed. Forty-one patients were reviewed. Only 25 had sufficient follow-up data to be included in this study. Eighteen of the 25 had neurofibromatosis. The results were classified according to criteria developed by Morrissy et al. At skeletal maturity, there were ten good results, three fair results, and three poor results, with nine patients having had amputation. At long-term follow-up evaluation (average 36 years; range five to 62 years), one patient with a fair result had elected amputation. About one half of the patients with neurofibromatosis required amputation. This study suggests that the results at skeletal maturity are reliable indicators of long-term results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-18
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Issue number245
StatePublished - Aug 1989
Externally publishedYes


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