The use of dynamic axial external fixator with modified technique in Pilon fractures of tibial

Zhen Zhou Li, Shu Xun Hou, Ke Jian Wu, Wei Jia Zhang, Wei Lin Shang, Wen Wen Wu

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To retrospectively analyses the results of dynamic axial external fixator with modified technique in the treatment of severely Pilon fractures. METHODS: From July 2000 to February 2003, 14 patients with severely Pilon fractures were treated with dynamic axial external fixator inserted with modified technique combined with limited open reduction and internal fixation with screws and Kirschner wires, with two distal external pins inserted into talus and calcaneus respectively so that the rotation axis of distal clamp was coincided with that of ankle joint. All patients were young or middle-aged people from 20 y to 52 y (average 38 y). All fractures were Rüedi-Allg were type II or type III. External fixators were removed after bone healing. Duration of follow-up was 5 - 36 m (average 18 m). RESULTS: The time of bone healing was 12 - 24 weeks (average 14 weeks). At the latest follow-up, results include 5 excellent, 6 good and 3 fair according to ankle scoring system (ASS). There was only one case of superficial pin site infection settled with oral antibiotics and pin site care with mild disinfectants. There was no wound breakdown, superficial and deep infection, osteomyelitis, fracture fragments redisplacement and collapse. CONCLUSION: Dynamic axial external fixator with modified technique combined with limited internal fixation is an effective method for the treatment of severely Pilon fractures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)733-736
Number of pages4
JournalZhonghua wai ke za zhi [Chinese journal of surgery]
Volume42
Issue number12
StatePublished - 22 Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes

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