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  1. LATERAL APPROACH UNDER FLUROSCOPIC GUIDANCE WITH NONLOCKING CALCANEAL PLATE IS AN EFFECTIVE TECHNIQUE FOR CLOSED CALCANEAL FRACTURE

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    Alok Sobhan; De, Soumya; Rana

    2014-01-01

    Intra-articular calcaneal fractures which accounts for about 75% of calcaneal fractures is usually associated with poor functional outcome. The present was under taken to evaluate the efficacy of open reduction and internal fixation of displaced articular fractures of calcaneum in adults through lateral approach under fluroscopic guidance with non-locking calcaneal plate and ipsilateral iliac crest bone graft. 30 adult patients (25 males and 5 females) with closed displaced in...

  2. Closed Reduction and Percutaneous Fixation of Calcaneal Fractures in Children.

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    Feng, Yongzeng; Yu, Yang; Shui, Xiaolong; Ying, Xiaozhou; Cai, Leyi; Hong, Jianjun

    2016-07-01

    Open reduction and internal fixation has been widely used to treat displaced intra-articular calcaneus fractures in children. However, the complications of surgical trauma and the wound created through the extended lateral approach cannot be ignored. This study analyzed the outcomes of displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures in children treated with closed reduction and percutaneous fixation. Medical records of pediatric patients who had displaced intra-articular calcaneus fractures and underwent closed reduction and percutaneous fixation at the study institution between January 2008 and January 2013 were reviewed. Preoperative radiographs and computed tomography scans were used to evaluate and classify the fractures. Clinical outcomes and radiographic findings were assessed at postoperative follow-up. The study included 14 displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures in 11 patients (7 boys and 4 girls). Mean patient age was 11.18 years (range, 6-16 years), and average follow-up time was 42.8 months postoperatively (range, 12-72 months). There were 6 tongue-type fractures and 8 joint depression-type fractures, based on the Essex-Lopresti classification, and there were 11 type II and 3 type III fractures, based on the Sanders classification. Average Böhler angle was 8.00° (range, -5° to 18°) preoperatively and 30.79° (range, 26° to 40°) postoperatively (P<.001). Average subjective American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society hindfoot score was 65.7 (range, 52-68). No patients had wound breakdown or infection. In the treatment of displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures in pediatric patients, closed reduction and percutaneous fixation achieved good outcomes, with few complications. [Orthopedics. 2016; 39(4):e744-e748.]. PMID:27111072

  3. A Novel Technique for Closed Reduction and Fixation of Paediatric Calcaneal Fracture Dislocation Injuries

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    Faroug, Radwane; Stirling, Paul; Ali, Farhan

    2013-01-01

    Paediatric calcaneal fractures are rare injuries usually managed conservatively or with open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). Closed reduction was previously thought to be impossible, and very few cases are reported in the literature. We report a new technique for closed reduction using Ilizarov half-rings. We report successful closed reduction and screwless fixation of an extra-articular calcaneal fracture dislocation in a 7-year-old boy. Reduction was achieved using two Ilizarov half-ring frames arranged perpendicular to each other, enabling simultaneous application of longitudinal and rotational traction. Anatomical reduction was achieved with restored angles of Bohler and Gissane. Two K-wires were the definitive fixation. Bony union with good functional outcome and minimal pain was achieved at eight-weeks follow up. ORIF of calcaneal fractures provides good functional outcome but is associated with high rates of malunion and postoperative pain. Preservation of the unique soft tissue envelope surrounding the calcaneus reduces the risk of infection. Closed reduction prevents distortion of these tissues and may lead to faster healing and mobilisation. Closed reduction and screwless fixation of paediatric calcaneal fractures is an achievable management option. Our technique has preserved the soft tissue envelope surrounding the calcaneus, has avoided retained metalwork related complications, and has resulted in a good functional outcome. PMID:23819090

  4. A Novel Technique for Closed Reduction and Fixation of Paediatric Calcaneal Fracture Dislocation Injuries

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    Radwane Faroug

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Paediatric calcaneal fractures are rare injuries usually managed conservatively or with open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF. Closed reduction was previously thought to be impossible, and very few cases are reported in the literature. We report a new technique for closed reduction using Ilizarov half-rings. We report successful closed reduction and screwless fixation of an extra-articular calcaneal fracture dislocation in a 7-year-old boy. Reduction was achieved using two Ilizarov half-ring frames arranged perpendicular to each other, enabling simultaneous application of longitudinal and rotational traction. Anatomical reduction was achieved with restored angles of Bohler and Gissane. Two K-wires were the definitive fixation. Bony union with good functional outcome and minimal pain was achieved at eight-weeks follow up. ORIF of calcaneal fractures provides good functional outcome but is associated with high rates of malunion and postoperative pain. Preservation of the unique soft tissue envelope surrounding the calcaneus reduces the risk of infection. Closed reduction prevents distortion of these tissues and may lead to faster healing and mobilisation. Closed reduction and screwless fixation of paediatric calcaneal fractures is an achievable management option. Our technique has preserved the soft tissue envelope surrounding the calcaneus, has avoided retained metalwork related complications, and has resulted in a good functional outcome.

  5. LATERAL APPROACH UNDER FLUROSCOPIC GUIDANCE WITH NONLOCKING CALCANEAL PLATE IS AN EFFECTIVE TECHNIQUE FOR CLOSED CALCANEAL FRACTURE

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    Alok Sobhan

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Intra-articular calcaneal fractures which accounts for about 75% of calcaneal fractures is usually associated with poor functional outcome. The present was under taken to evaluate the efficacy of open reduction and internal fixation of displaced articular fractures of calcaneum in adults through lateral approach under fluroscopic guidance with non-locking calcaneal plate and ipsilateral iliac crest bone graft. 30 adult patients (25 males and 5 females with closed displaced intra articular fractures of calcaneum of less than 15 days constituted the study group. All cases were operated by lateral approach as described by Seligson, a modification of Gould’s technique under spinal anaesthesia. All machers Arthrosis Rating Scale were used for the evaluation of posttraumatic posterior facet degenerative changes. Primarily27 of all 35 wounds (77% healed without any form of wound complications. Excellent to good results noted in 3 (100% patients with preoperative Bohler´s angle larger or equal to 20° (n = 3 whereas patients with preoperative Bohler´s angle smaller than 20° (n=32 achieved excellent to good results in 16 cases (50% Clinically significant subtalararthrosis (Allmacher grade 2-4 noted in 7 cases (20% cases with Bohler´s angle smaller than 20° (n=32. In 5 cases, clinically significant complaints (Allmachers Arthrosis Rating Scale grades II to V noted. Therapeutic success of such fracture depends on timely open reduction and internal fixation with proper fracture reduction and early rehabilitation. Thus management of these injuries as well as complications should be performed in a specialized orthopaedics or traumatology center.

  6. Outcome of open reduction and internal fixation of intraarticular calcaneal fracture fixed with locking calcaneal plate

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    Jain Saurabh; Jain Anil Kumar; Kumar Ish

    2013-01-01

    【Abstract】Objective: Debate continues regarding the management of calcaneal fractures, between open re- duction and internal fixation and closed treatment. Hence we aim at evaluating the radiological and functional out- comes of open reduction and internal fixation in displaced joint depression type of calcaneal fractures fixed with lock- ing calcaneal plate. Methods: In this series, 28 patients (26 unilateral and 2 bilateral) with joint depression type of calcaneal fr...

  7. Distal posterior tibial artery pseudoaneurysm after fracture calcaneous

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    Dey, Subhajeet; Das, Anjan K.; Dey, Rubi

    2008-01-01

    Here we report a case of pseudoaneurysm of distal posterior tibial artery following closed fracture of calcaneous. Association of pseudoaneurysm of posterior tibial artery with fracture of calcaneous is extremely uncommon. It is always suggested that pseudoaneurysm be treated by reconstruction, but here we present the case treated by ligation, obliteration and excision as it was situated distally and the plantar arch circulation was maintained. The purpose of this case report is to bring atte...

  8. MANAGEMENT OF INTRA-ARTICULAR CALCANEAL FRACTURES BY CLOSED REDUCTION WITH PERCUTANEOUS STEINMANN PIN

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    Padmanabh

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Calcaneum is the most common tarsal bone to fracture and is attended by considerable morbidity. Many treatment techniques are described in literature but indications for specific techniques are vague. This study analyzes the outcome of treatment of intra articular calcaneum fractures treated by Essex-Lopresti technique. METHODS: Between January 2011 and December 2012, 20 patients with tongue-type fracture of Calcaneum who got admitted at Srinivas Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalore in the Department of Orthopedics were subjected to closed reduction and percutaneous pin fixation (Method of Essex-Lopresti. Creighton Nebraska Health Foundation Assessment sheet for calcaneum fractures was used for analysis. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: Wilcoxon Rank-sum test was used to compare repeated measurements on a single sample to assess whether their mean population ranks differ. Kruskal Wallis test was used for analysis of variance. RESULTS: Incidence was more common in males with right and left side involvement being almost equal and no bilateral involvement. The commonest mechanism of injury was fall from height and landing on the heel. It was found to be more common in age group 30-39 years. Associated spine and lower extremity injuries were seen in 30%. There were 45% excellent, 30% good, 25% fair results and no poor results. CONCLUSION: The Essex-Lopresti method of closed reduction and pin fixation is a safe technique with overall good results and an acceptable complication rate for the treatment of tongue-type fracture of calcaneum

  9. MANAGEMENT OF INTRA-ARTICULAR CALCANEAL FRACTURES BY CLOSED REDUCTION WITH PERCUTANEOUS STEINMANN PIN

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    Padmanabh, MR; Niaz; Ramachandra,

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Calcaneum is the most common tarsal bone to fracture and is attended by considerable morbidity. Many treatment techniques are described in literature but indications for specific techniques are vague. This study analyzes the outcome of treatment of intra articular calcaneum fractures treated by Essex-Lopresti technique. METHODS: Between January 2011 and December 2012, 20 patients with tongue-type fracture of Calcaneum who got admitted at Srinivas I...

  10. Operative treatment for calcaneal fracture with plate

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    We treated calcaneal fractures by means of lateral approach using a calcaneal plate, and evaluated the clinical results. The mean age at the time of surgery was 60.1 (range: 36 to 78). The mean duration of follow-up was 3.4 years. Eleven feet were treated with the ACE calcaneal plate, and two feet were treated with the Rabbit plate. The clinical result evaluation according to the Maxfield criteria was as follows: excellent in nine feet; very good in two feet; poor in one foot. Pre-and postoperative changes in radiographic findings were studied. The improvement of the Boehler angle, width index, and intra-articular displacement was reflected in the clinical result. This method is considered to be an effective treatment for intra-articular calcaneal fractures. (author)

  11. Calcaneal insufficiency avulsion fractures in diabetic patients

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    This paper presents a calcaneal fracture pattern that appears to be unique to diabetic patients. Radiographs and clinical records of 58 patients with calcaneal fractures were evaluated, 18 were diabetic and 40 nondiabetic. All 18 diabetic patients were insulin dependent and had clinically evident peripheral neuropathy. Thirteen had juvenile-onset diabetes. The average time from the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus to insufficiency fracture was 21 years. Sixteen of the diabetic patients had no history of significant trauma, and 13 of them had insufficiency avulsion fractures limited to the posterior third of the calcaneus

  12. Outcome of open reduction and internal fixation of intraarticular calcaneal fracture fixed with locking calcaneal plate

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    Jain Saurabh

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available 【Abstract】Objective: Debate continues regarding the management of calcaneal fractures, between open re- duction and internal fixation and closed treatment. Hence we aim at evaluating the radiological and functional out- comes of open reduction and internal fixation in displaced joint depression type of calcaneal fractures fixed with lock- ing calcaneal plate. Methods: In this series, 28 patients (26 unilateral and 2 bilateral with joint depression type of calcaneal fractures as per Essex-Lopresti classification system were operated on with locking calcaneal plate within 3 weeks of injury. Patients were evaluated in terms of associated injuries and X-rays of anteroposterior, lateral and axial views of the calcaneum. CT scan was done to assess the amount of com- minution and articular depression. Patients were followed up clinically and radiologically at least for 1 year. Radiologi- cal assessment was done by Bohler’s angle and Gissane’s angle along with measurement of calcaneal height and width. Functional outcome was assessed using the American Or- thopaedics Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS scale. Results: At average follow-up of 14.5 months, average AOFAS score was 86.3 (range 66 to 97, with 86% having excellent to good results and 2 (7.7% and 1 (3.7% having fair and poor results respectively. All patients had stable ankle joint with all having dorsiflexion and plantar flexion more than 30°. Average subtalar range of motion was 17°. The mean Bohler’s angle, mean Gissane’s angle, calcaneal height and width were 25.47°, 121.3°, 4.32 cm and 3.81cm respectively at final follow-up. Three patients had flap ne- crosis at incision site and one had superficial and deep infection. Subtalar arthritis was seen in 5 patients, whereas sural nerve hypoaesthesia in 1 patient. None of the patients had compartment syndrome, heel pad problems, peroneal tendinitis, reflex sympathetic dystropy or implant failure. Conclusion: Open reduction and

  13. Outcome of open reduction and internal fixation of intraarticular calcaneal fracture fixed with locking calcaneal plate

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    Saurabh Jain; Anil Kumar Jain; Ish Kumar

    2013-01-01

    Objective:Debate continues regarding the management of calcaneal fractures,between open reduction and internal fixation and closed treatment.Hence we aim at evaluating the radiological and functional outcomes of open reduction and internal fixation in displaced joint depression type of calcaneal fractures fixed with locking calcaneal plate.Methods:In this series,28 patients (26 unilateral and 2 bilateral) with joint depression type of calcaneal fractures as per Essex-Lopresti classification system were operated on with locking calcaneal plate within 3 weeks of injury.Patients were evaluated in terms of associated injuries and X-rays of anteroposterior,lateral and axial views of the calcaneum.CT scan was done to assess the amount ofcomminution and articular depression.Patients were followed up clinically and radiologically at least for 1 year.Radiological assessment was done by Bohler's angle and Gissane's angle along with measurement ofcalcaneal height and width.Functional outcome was assessed using the American Orthopaedics Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) scale.Results:At average follow-up of 14.5 months,average AOFAS score was 86.3 (range 66 to 97),with 86% having excellent to good results and 2 (7.7%) and 1 (3.7%) having fair and poor results respectively.All patients had stable ankle joint with all having dorsiflexion and plantar flexion more than 30°.Average subtalar range of motion was 17°.The mean Bohler's angle,mean Gissane's angle,calcaneal height and width were 25.47°,121.3°,4.32 cm and 3.81cm respectively at final follow-up.Three patients had flap necrosis at incision site and one had superficial and deep infection.Subtalar arthritis was seen in 5 patients,whereas sural nerve hypoaesthesia in 1 patient.None of the patients had compartment syndrome,heel pad problems,peroneal tendinitis,reflex sympathetic dystropy or implant failure.Conclusion:Open reduction and internal fixation with locking calcaneal plate gives sound functional outcome

  14. Operative treatment of intra-articular calcaneal fractures with calcaneal plates and its complications

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    Rak Vaclav

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: In a retrospective study we analysed intra-articular calcaneal fracture treatment by comparing results and complications related to fracture stabilization with nonlocking calcaneal plates and locking compression plates. Materials and Methods: We performed 76 osteosynthesis (67 patients of intra-articular calcaneal fractures using the standard extended lateral approach from February 2004 to October 2007. Forty-two operations using nonlocking calcaneal plates (group A were performed during the first three years, and 34 calcaneal fractures were stabilized using locking compression plates (group B in 2007. In the Sanders type IV fractures, reconstruction of the calcaneal shape was attempted. Depending on the type of late complication, we performed subtalar arthroscopy in six cases, arthroscopically assisted subtalar distraction bone block arthrodesis in six cases, and plate removal with lateral-wall decompression in five cases. The patients were evaluated by the AOFAS Ankle-Hindfoot Scale. Results: Wound healing complications were 7/42 (17% in group A and 1/34 (3% in group B. No patient had deep osseous infection or foot rebound compartment syndrome. Preoperative size of Bφhler´s angle correlated with postoperative clinical results in both groups. There were no late complications necessitating corrective procedure or arthroscopy until December 2008 in Group B. All late complications ccurred in Group A. The overall results according to the AOFAS Ankle Hindfoot Scale were good or excellent in 23/42 (55% in group A and in 30/34 (85% in group B. Conclusion: Open reduction and internal fixation of intra-articular calcaneal fractures has become a standard surgical method. Fewer complications and better results related to treatment with locking compression plates confirmed in comparison to nonlocking ones were noted for all Sanders types of intra-articular calcaneal fractures. Age and Sanders type IV fractures are not considered to be the

  15. Joint-Preserving Osteotomies for Malaligned Intraarticular Calcaneal Fractures.

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    Benirschke, Stephen K; Kramer, Patricia A

    2016-03-01

    Intraarticular calcaneal fracture treatments that result in malalignment often require reconstructive surgery. Seven cases are used to demonstrate the intricacies of reconstructive case management. Reestablishment of calcaneal height, length, orientation, and position relative to the other tarsals is necessary to reestablish appropriate foot function. Inherent or acquired gastrocnemius equinus should be treated with recession to reduce destructive forces on the reconstruction. PMID:26915782

  16. Radiologic aspects of calcaneal fractures in childhood and adolescence

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    One hundred and forty-three calcaneal fractures in 140 patients under the age of19 years were reviewed. Of the total number, 75% were in males. Eighty fractures were seen in females under 13 years of age and in males under 16 years of age. Fifteen (19%) of these fractures were initially not recognized. Four projections were available in the majority of the cases, and were reviewed: lateral, axial, straight dorsoplantar and oblique dorsoplantar views. The various types of fractures had different courses and localizations. The optimum demonstration of a fracture in a certain projection will therefore be dependent on the type of fracture present. It is clinically difficult to foresee a specific type of calcaneal fracture, and consequently it is recommended that all four views should be obtained routinely following trauma to the calcaneal region in patients of the pertinent age groups. (orig.)

  17. Biomechanical comparison of conventional and anatomical calcaneal plates for the treatment of intraarticular calcaneal fractures - a finite element study.

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    Yu, Bin; Chen, Wen-Chuan; Lee, Pei-Yuan; Lin, Kang-Ping; Lin, Kun-Jhih; Tsai, Cheng-Lun; Wei, Hung-Wen

    2016-10-01

    Initial stability is essential for open reduction internal fixation of intraarticular calcaneal fractures. Geometrical feature of a calcaneal plate is influential to its endurance under physiological load. It is unclear if conventional and pre-contoured anatomical calcaneal plates may exhibit differently in biomechanical perspective. A Sanders' Type II-B intraarticular calcaneal fracture model was reconstructed to evaluate the effectiveness of calcaneal plates using finite element methods. Incremental vertical joint loads up to 450 N were exerted on the subtalar joint to evaluate the stability and safety of the calcaneal plates and bony structure. Results revealed that the anatomical calcaneal plate model had greater average structural stiffness (585.7 N/mm) and lower von Mises stress on the plate (774.5 MPa) compared to those observed in the conventional calcaneal plate model (stiffness: 430.9 N/mm; stress on plate: 867.1 MPa). Although both maximal compressive and maximal tensile stress and strain were lower in the anatomical calcaneal plate group, greater loads on fixation screws were found (average 172.7 MPa compared to 82.18 MPa in the conventional calcaneal plate). It was noted that high magnitude stress concentrations would occur where the bone plate bridges the fracture line on the lateral side of the calcaneus bone. Sufficient fixation strength at the posterolateral calcaneus bone is important for maintaining subtalar joint load after reduction and fixation of a Sanders' Type II-B calcaneal fracture. In addition, geometrical design of a calcaneal plate should worth considering for the mechanical safety in practical usage. PMID:26813403

  18. Radiographic imaging of calcaneal fractures - the surgeons view point

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    This paper presents a detailed description of calcaneal fractures, which are underestimated and neglected despite their relatively high frequency. In association with significant anatomic destruction of the calcaneus they lead to unsatisfactory results of fracture treatment. Radiographic features of a healthy calcaneal bone together with pathomechanism and radiographic attributes of most common fracture types are presented. The prognostic role of the posterior talo-calcaneal joint and extraarticular anatomy of the calcaneus are emphasized. Special attention is directed to the methods of calcaneal imaging, especially the most valuable in the authors opinion - lateral radiographic view and computed tomography. Other commonly used views: axial, antero-posterior or Broden, are also described, with explanation why they are rarely recommended. The widely used standard classification system for calcaneal fractures introduced by Sanders, based on computed tomography is presented. Correct x-ray imaging is the basis for further diagnostic workup and treatment, giving also valuable prognostic information. The orthopedic surgeon, who undertakes the difficult task of treating the broken calcaneus receives thorough information about bone damage, which helps to realize the consequences of injury and of possible negligence. According to the authors experience, problems discussed in this paper are rarely fully appreciated by radiologists and orthopedic surgeons resulting in, often, catastrophic consequences. (author)

  19. Early Weight-bearing Using Percutaneous External Fixator for Calcaneal Fracture

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    Sengodan, Vetrivel Chezian; Sengodan, Mugundhan Moongilpatti

    2012-01-01

    Calcaneal fracture, the most common tarsal bone fracture, occurs predominantly in manual labors and subsequently has got considerable socioeconomic implications. Treatment modality which can offer early weight bearing and early return to work is therefore needed for those patients. We have used a biplanar percutaneous external fixator for treating calcaneal fractures without operative and per operative visualization of the fractures. We have treated 17 calcaneal fractures in 16 patients, 12 i...

  20. Anterior process calcaneal fractures: a systematic evaluation of associated conditions

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    The objective was to evaluate the association, by MRI, of anterior calcaneal process fractures with tarsal coalitions, ankle sprains, and bifurcate ligament abnormalities. A retrospective review of 1,479 foot and ankle MR images was performed, over a period of 5 years, for isolated anterior process fractures of the calcaneus. Fifteen 1.5-T MR examinations were systematically evaluated by two radiologists in consensus. Marrow edema patterns, presence of a calcaneonavicular coalition, as well as bifurcate and anterior talofibular ligaments, were evaluated. There were 15 fractures of the anterior calcaneal process with an incidence of 1%. The average patient age was 51 years (range 25-82). Twelve patients were women and 3 were men. The majority of the fractures (14 out of 15) presented as an edema pattern on T2-weighted images, either diffuse (9 out of 15), or vertical (5 out of 15). One case did not show marrow edema, but rather a hypointense line. Nine patients (60%) demonstrated calcaneonavicular coalition and anterior calcaneal process fracture. In 6 patients (50%) the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) was thickened. Three patients did not have axial images, and were classified as non-conclusive for the ATFL evaluation. The bifurcate ligament was thickened with hyperintense signal demonstrating a sprain in 9 out of 13 (69%). Only 2 patients (16.5%) had an anterior calcaneal process fracture without any associated abnormality. We believe that there is a probable association of anterior process fractures and calcaneonavicular coalitions. We also feel, based on our results and the prior literature that there is likely also an association with both ATFL injuries and bifurcate ligament injuries. (orig.)

  1. Anterior process calcaneal fractures: a systematic evaluation of associated conditions

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    Petrover, David [NYU Hospital for Joint Disease, Radiology Department, New York, NY (United States); Hopital Beaujon, Service de Radiologie, Paris (France); Schweitzer, Mark E. [NYU Hospital for Joint Disease, Radiology Department, New York, NY (United States); Laredo, J.D. [Hopital Lariboisiere, Service de Radiologie, Paris (France)

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    The objective was to evaluate the association, by MRI, of anterior calcaneal process fractures with tarsal coalitions, ankle sprains, and bifurcate ligament abnormalities. A retrospective review of 1,479 foot and ankle MR images was performed, over a period of 5 years, for isolated anterior process fractures of the calcaneus. Fifteen 1.5-T MR examinations were systematically evaluated by two radiologists in consensus. Marrow edema patterns, presence of a calcaneonavicular coalition, as well as bifurcate and anterior talofibular ligaments, were evaluated. There were 15 fractures of the anterior calcaneal process with an incidence of 1%. The average patient age was 51 years (range 25-82). Twelve patients were women and 3 were men. The majority of the fractures (14 out of 15) presented as an edema pattern on T2-weighted images, either diffuse (9 out of 15), or vertical (5 out of 15). One case did not show marrow edema, but rather a hypointense line. Nine patients (60%) demonstrated calcaneonavicular coalition and anterior calcaneal process fracture. In 6 patients (50%) the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) was thickened. Three patients did not have axial images, and were classified as non-conclusive for the ATFL evaluation. The bifurcate ligament was thickened with hyperintense signal demonstrating a sprain in 9 out of 13 (69%). Only 2 patients (16.5%) had an anterior calcaneal process fracture without any associated abnormality. We believe that there is a probable association of anterior process fractures and calcaneonavicular coalitions. We also feel, based on our results and the prior literature that there is likely also an association with both ATFL injuries and bifurcate ligament injuries. (orig.)

  2. Spontaneous calcaneal fracture in patients with diabetic foot ulcer: Four cases report and review of literature.

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    Evran, Mehtap; Sert, Murat; Tetiker, Tamer; Akkuş, Gamze; Biçer, Ömer Sunkar

    2016-07-16

    Spontaneous calcaneal fractures in diabetic patients without obvious trauma may occur, sometimes accompanying diabetic foot ulcers. In the current study we report four cases who were hospitalized for diabetic foot ulcer with concomitant calcaneal fractures. There were four diabetic patients (one type 1 and three type 2) who registered with diabetic foot ulcers with coexisting calcaneal fractures, all of which were classified as Type A according to Essex Lopresti Calcaneal Fracture Classification. Two of the patients with renal failure were in a routine dialysis program, as well as vascular compromise and osteomyelitis in all of the patients. The diabetic foot ulcer of the 61 years old osteoporotic female patient healed with local debridement, vacuum assisted closure and then epidermal growth factor while the calcaneal fracture was then followed by elastic bandage. In two patients could not prevent progression of diabetic foot ulcers and calcaneal fractures to consequent below-knee amputation. The only patient with type 1 diabetes mellitus improved with antibiotic therapy and split thickness skin grafting, while the calcaneal fracture did not heal. In the current study we aimed to emphasize the spontaneous calcaneal fractures as possible co-existing pathologies in patients with diabetic foot ulcers. After all the medical treatment, amputation below knee had to be performed in 2 patients. It should be noted that other accompanying conditions such as impaired peripheral circulation, osteomyelitis, chronic renal failure, and maybe osteoporosis is a challenge of the recovery of calcaneal fractures and accelerate the progress to amputation in diabetic patients. PMID:27458594

  3. Spontaneous calcaneal fracture in patients with diabetic foot ulcer: Four cases report and review of literature

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    Evran, Mehtap; Sert, Murat; Tetiker, Tamer; Akkuş, Gamze; Biçer, Ömer Sunkar

    2016-01-01

    Spontaneous calcaneal fractures in diabetic patients without obvious trauma may occur, sometimes accompanying diabetic foot ulcers. In the current study we report four cases who were hospitalized for diabetic foot ulcer with concomitant calcaneal fractures. There were four diabetic patients (one type 1 and three type 2) who registered with diabetic foot ulcers with coexisting calcaneal fractures, all of which were classified as Type A according to Essex Lopresti Calcaneal Fracture Classification. Two of the patients with renal failure were in a routine dialysis program, as well as vascular compromise and osteomyelitis in all of the patients. The diabetic foot ulcer of the 61 years old osteoporotic female patient healed with local debridement, vacuum assisted closure and then epidermal growth factor while the calcaneal fracture was then followed by elastic bandage. In two patients could not prevent progression of diabetic foot ulcers and calcaneal fractures to consequent below-knee amputation. The only patient with type 1 diabetes mellitus improved with antibiotic therapy and split thickness skin grafting, while the calcaneal fracture did not heal. In the current study we aimed to emphasize the spontaneous calcaneal fractures as possible co-existing pathologies in patients with diabetic foot ulcers. After all the medical treatment, amputation below knee had to be performed in 2 patients. It should be noted that other accompanying conditions such as impaired peripheral circulation, osteomyelitis, chronic renal failure, and maybe osteoporosis is a challenge of the recovery of calcaneal fractures and accelerate the progress to amputation in diabetic patients.

  4. Diagnosis and classification of calcaneal fractures in computed tomography

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    Purpose: To compare image quality of single-slice spiral CT (SSCT) and multislice spiral CT (MSCT) in the diagnosis and classification of calcaneal fractures and to present a rapid and precise algorithm for the classification system of Stuermer. Materials and Methods: In 102 patients with 124 calcaneal fractures, spiral CT was performed, in 82 cases as SSCT with a slice thickness (SD) of 3 mm, a table speed (TS) of 3-4 mm/rot and an increment of 1.5 mm. In 42 cases, patients were scanned using MSCT (SD of 1.25 mm, increment 0.8 mm). For these examinations, 2 different scan protocols were used, with a TS of 3.75 mm/rot in one group(n=21) and a TS of 7.5 mm/rot in the other group (n=21). The image quality of axial sections and reconstructed images was assessed on a scale from 1 to 5 (1=very good; 5=insufficient). The fractures were evaluated using a classification system according to Stuermer, which assigns three main groups (A/B/C) and three subtypes (1/2/3). Results: MSCT had substantial advantages over SSCT with respect to scan time and image quality, especially for multiplanar reformatting (median 1.5 versus 4.0). TS showed no significant influence on the image quality. The standardized evaluation of the images enabled a classification of fractures within 5 minutes. All fractures could be assigned to the different types and subtypes. This classification system takes into account the severity of the fracture and the therapeutic approach. The most common type (90 of 124 fractures) were 'joint depression' fractures (type C), which were treated by surgery in 92%. Type A fractures were treated conservatively in 72%. (orig.)

  5. Sanders II–III calcaneal fractures fixed with locking plate in elderly patients

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    Long, Cheng; Fang, Yue; HUANG Fu-guo; Zhang, Hui; Wang, Guang-Lin; YANG Tian-fu; Liu, Lei

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate the clinical outcomes of locking calcaneal plate in treating calcaneal fracture (Sanders II–III) in elderly patients. Methods From October 2012 to December 2013, 23 elderly patients suffering from calcaneal fracture (Sanders II–III) were treated and followed up. There were 15 males and 8 females with the mean age of 68.5 years (range: 65–79 years). According to Sander's classification, 16 cases (16 feet) were type II fractures and 7 cases (7 feet) were type III fractures. ...

  6. The effect of fracture type and angular deterioration on the functional outcome of calcaneal fractures

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    Atilla Polat

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to determine the effect of fracture type and angular deterioration on the outcome of calcaneal fractures.Materials and methods: Thirty-two patients (23 males, 9 females; mean age 45 years with calcaneus fractures retrospectively reviewed. Twenty-four fractures were closed, and eight fractures were open. Böhler and Gissane angles were measured using patient’s before, and after reduction X-ray films. According to the Essex-Lopresti classification there were three type I, 14 type II, and 15 type III fractures. Five patients were treated with casting (Group I, 19 patients with closed reduction K-wire application (Group II, and 8 patients with plate fixation. Final clinical outcome were assessed by Maryland Foot Score. Mean follow-up period was 109 weeks.Results: Mean Böhler and Gissane angles were 7°, 85° before reduction, and 20°, 100° after reduction, respectively. The mean Maryland Foot Score was 62 (range 55-72 in Group I, 68 (range 40-90, and 66 (range 58-79 in group II.The Maryland Foot score in Type I fracture was higher than Type III (p=0.025, and Typ II (p=0.094, respectively. In terms of last radiologic examination, the Maryland Foot Score was higher in those angle’s were in normal border than whose angle’s were abnormal (p=0.027 and p=0.02, respectively. Mean correction of angles in Group III were more than Group I, and Gruop II (p<0.05.Conclusion: Severe calcaneus fracture was related to poor functional outcome. Böhler and Gissane angle can be more corrected with plate fixation method, but has similar functional outcome.

  7. Optimized preoperative planning of calcaneal fractures using spiral computed tomography

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    The aim of this study was the evaluation of spiral-CT examinations in preoperative planning of calcaneal fractures supported by 3D reconstructions after electronic disarticulation. We examined 45 patients with 47 calcaneal fractures with diagnostic spiral-CT examinations in a prospective study. In addition to the conventional axial slices and sagittal reconstructions, 3D reconstructions prior to and after electronic disarticulation were performed and rated by orthopaedic surgeons and radiologists. The following diagnostic criteria were rated: involvement of articular facets, number of fragments and hindfoot deformities. Axial slices were considered to be the gold standard, because not all patients underwent surgical treatment. Axial slices showed involvement of 90 articular facets (100 %). Three-dimensional reformations after electronic disarticulation depicted 82 fractures (82 of 90, 91 %), sagittal reconstructions 63 fractures (63 of 90, 70 %). Three-dimensional reconstructions without electronic disarticulation showed five fractures (5 of 90, 5.5 %). The number of fragments was demonstrated best on sagittal reconstructions (two, three or four fragments); five fragments were diagnosed best on axial slices, and 3D reconstruction without electronic disarticulation showed only a very small number of fragments, due to overlaying bones. Hindfoot deformities (lateralisation, varus deformation, shortening) were demonstrated best on axial slices, except in terms of showing height reduction, which was demonstrated better on sagittal and 3D reconstructions. Three-dimensional reconstructions after electronic disarticulation support a clear understanding of the 3D position of the fragments and of their displacement in comparison with 3D reconstruction without electronic disarticulation, which is essential for an effective surgical reduction. Due to the potential manipulation of surface-oriented 3D reconstructions, regardless of whether electronic disarticulation is used

  8. Optimized preoperative planning of calcaneal fractures using spiral computed tomography

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    Freund, M.; Hohendorf, B.; Heller, M. [Department of Radiology, Medical School, University of Kiel (Germany); Thomsen, M. [Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Medical School, University of Heidelberg (Germany); Zenker, W. [Department of Traumatology, Medical School, University of Kiel (Germany)

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    The aim of this study was the evaluation of spiral-CT examinations in preoperative planning of calcaneal fractures supported by 3D reconstructions after electronic disarticulation. We examined 45 patients with 47 calcaneal fractures with diagnostic spiral-CT examinations in a prospective study. In addition to the conventional axial slices and sagittal reconstructions, 3D reconstructions prior to and after electronic disarticulation were performed and rated by orthopaedic surgeons and radiologists. The following diagnostic criteria were rated: involvement of articular facets, number of fragments and hindfoot deformities. Axial slices were considered to be the gold standard, because not all patients underwent surgical treatment. Axial slices showed involvement of 90 articular facets (100 %). Three-dimensional reformations after electronic disarticulation depicted 82 fractures (82 of 90, 91 %), sagittal reconstructions 63 fractures (63 of 90, 70 %). Three-dimensional reconstructions without electronic disarticulation showed five fractures (5 of 90, 5.5 %). The number of fragments was demonstrated best on sagittal reconstructions (two, three or four fragments); five fragments were diagnosed best on axial slices, and 3D reconstruction without electronic disarticulation showed only a very small number of fragments, due to overlaying bones. Hindfoot deformities (lateralisation, varus deformation, shortening) were demonstrated best on axial slices, except in terms of showing height reduction, which was demonstrated better on sagittal and 3D reconstructions. Three-dimensional reconstructions after electronic disarticulation support a clear understanding of the 3D position of the fragments and of their displacement in comparison with 3D reconstruction without electronic disarticulation, which is essential for an effective surgical reduction. Due to the potential manipulation of surface-oriented 3D reconstructions, regardless of whether electronic disarticulation is used

  9. [Vascularization of the lateral heel in relation to extensive skin incisions in osteosynthesis of calcaneal fractures].

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    Rak, V; Matonoha, P; Otáhal, M; Masek, M M

    2007-09-01

    The aim of the study was to document soft tissue vascularization of the lateral heel on cadavers and, therefore, to indirectly demonstrate the importance to perform perfectly precise incisions, in order to prevent ischemic complications. Sections of 8 human lower limb cadavers were performed in cooperation with the Anatomical Institute of the MU Medical Faculty in Brno, according to current common standards for anatomical preparations. In successive steps, cutaneous and subcutanous covers of the lateral ankle, malleolar and heel regions were preparated. Final branches of the individual arteries were followed and the authors aimed to demonstrate their vascular arcade consisting of anastomosis of the lateral calcaneal artery--LCA (a branch of a. peronea)--which is a clinical term for rami calcaneares laterales, ventrolateral tarsal arteries--LTA (a branch of a. dorsalis pedis) and lateral malleolar artery branching off medially--LMA (a branch of a. tibialis ant.). The course of the arteries and their location is related to a reference point--a lateral tip of the lateral ankle. The investigators found out that all three arteries, as well as the arterial arch, had standard courses. The course of the arch defines the outline of the lateral extensive incision during osteosynthesis in calcaneal fractures, which lies fairly close to the lateral outline of this vascular arcade. Incorrect performance of the incision results, invitably, in serious ischemic complications. Open reduction and internal fixation of intraarticular calcaneal fractures has become a standard surgical method. Correct indication, good timing and saving open reduction, internal fixation using arthroscopy and early mobilization are the prerequisites to prevent further postoperative complications and to achieve complete healing of the fracture. Considering the demandingness of these fractures treatment and their rare incidence, their management should be centred in specialized traumatological clinics. PMID

  10. An Atypical Calcaneal Fracture in a Child: A Literature Review Concerning the Treatment

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    Guterres, Leonardo Waihrich; Ribeiro, Deryck Aguiar; Ribeiro, Tiango Aguiar

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    Calcaneal fractures are considered uncommon accounting for 0.005-0.41% of all children fractures. Few reports concerning treatment are available. Most of these fractures are non-displaced/minimally displaced and are associated with a fall of less than 1 m. The aim of this case report was to discuss the diagnosis and treatment of a child calcaneal fracture, an atypical presentation despite the high energy mechanism of trauma. A 7-year-old child fell from a 5-m ladder with all his weight on his...

  11. Effect of Intraoperative Three-Dimensional Imaging During the Reduction and Fixation of Displaced Calcaneal Fractures on Articular Congruence and Implant Fixation

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    Eckardt, Henrik; Lind, Marianne

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Operative treatment of displaced calcaneal fractures should restore joint congruence, but conventional fluoroscopy is unable to fully visualize the subtalar joint. We questioned whether intraoperative 3-dimensional (3D) imaging would aid in the reduction of calcaneal fractures...

  12. A STUDY OF FUNCTIONAL OUT COME OF INTRA - ARTICULAR CALCANEAL FRACTURES TREATED SURGICALLY

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    Prashanth

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The calcaneus (O scalcis is the largest and most often fractured tarsal bone. The treatment of calcaneal fractures continues to pose a challenge for the trauma surgeons despite advancement in surgical technique and implant devices. The prognosis for an extra - articular fra cture is uniformly good, but that for an intra - articular fracture is varied. The management of every aspect of intra - articular calcaneal fractures is controversial. Although some studies have demonstrated good results after open reduction and internal fixa tion of intra - articular calcaneal fractures, a few other studies say otherwise. The method of internal fixation is also a point of debate, with various proponents advocating fixation with pins, screws or plate fixation with screws. Even there is no consens us regarding the surgical approach, with many having been described, including medial, lateral, combined medial and lateral, extended lateral and sinus tarsi approaches. So it is the need of the hour, to identify treatment techniques, which use lesser hard ware, to provide better functional outcomes in terms of shorter duration of treatment, better stability and early weight bearing and so also the role of non - operative treatment in the calcaneal fracture management. In this study, we have attempted to evalu ate the results of calcaneal fracture management by open reduction and internal fixation. Ours is a prospective study centered in the Gandhi hospital from Nov 2012 to April 2014 in which 30 patients with intra - articular calcaneal fractures were treated by open reduction and internal fixation and the results were evaluated with AOFAS scoring system. In our analysis, we observed that an anatomical reduction to restore Bohler’s and Gissanes angles associated with rigid internal fixation is essential for better fu n ctional results.

  13. Percutaneous reduction and fixation of intraarticular calcaneal fractures

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    Schepers, Tim; Vogels, Lucas; Schipper, Inger; Patka, Peter

    2008-01-01

    textabstractObjective: Percutaneous reduction by distraction and subsequent percutaneous screw fixation to restore calcaneal and posterior talocalcaneal facet anatomy. The aim of this technique is to improve functional outcome and to diminish the rate of secondary posttraumatic arthrosis compared to conservative treatment and, secondly, to reduce infectious complications compared to open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). Indications: Sanders type II-IV displaced intraarticular calcaneal...

  14. A Prospective Study on Radiological and Functional Outcome of Displaced Tongue Type Intra-Articular Calcaneal Fractures Treated by Percutaneous Screw Fixation

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    Hegde, Anoop; Mathias, Lawrence John; Shetty, Vikram; Shetty, Ashwin

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Calcaneal fractures have posed a challenge to orthopaedic surgeon for many years. The major problem is to reconstruct the fracture and improve healing of the fracture and also the surrounding tissues. Anatomic restoration of the three-dimensional anatomy of the calcaneum is the goal of surgical management of calcaneal fractures. Over the years, various techniques have been developed to accomplish this goal. Aim To determine the functional outcome in displaced tongue-type calcaneal fracture treated by percutaneous screw fixation. Materials and Methods A prospective study was conducted from October 2012 and September 2014. A total of 23 patients with intra-articular ‘tongue type’ calcaneal fractures were included in the study. Complete clinical and radiological evaluation was done. The surgical procedure encompassed closed reduction and fixation with two criss-cross 6.5 mm cannulated cancellous across the fracture site under fluoroscopic guidance. Postoperatively, on day three ankle and toe mobilization was begun. Non-weight bearing crutch mobilization was begun on postoperative day three. Reviews were done at 6 weeks, 12 weeks and 24 weeks postoperatively. At 6 weeks partial weight bearing mobilization was started. Full weight bearing was begun at 12 weeks. The patient was finally reviewed at 24 weeks and assessment of ankle function was done as per the Maryland foot scoring system. Radiographs were compared and preoperative and postoperative Gissane’s and Bohler’s angles were also compared. The results were analysed as per descriptive statistics (frequency, percentage). The complications noted were documented. Results Of the 23 patients under the study, three had excellent results with mean score of 90, 17 had good results with mean score of 82.94 and three had fair results with mean score of 74. Only one patient had subtalar arthritis as a complication. No other complications were seen. Conclusion Percutaneous screw fixation of tongue type

  15. Percutaneous reduction and fixation of an intra-articular calcaneal fracture using an inflatable bone tamp: description of a novel and safe technique

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    Full Text Available Abstract Calcaneal fractures are common injuries involving the hind foot and often a source of significant long-term morbidity. Treatment options have changed throughout the ages from periods of preferred nonoperative management to closed reduction with a mallet, and more recently, open reduction and anatomic internal fixation. The current treatment of choice; however, is often debated, as open management of these fractures carries many risks to include wound breakdown and infection. A less invasive form of surgical management through small incisions, while maintaining the ability to obtain joint congruency, anatomic alignment, and restore calcaneal height and width would be ideal. We propose a novel form of fracture reduction using an inflatable bone tamp and percutaneous fracture fixation. Preoperative planning and experienced fluoroscopy is crucial to successful management using this method. Although we achieved successful radiographic outcome in this case, long-term functional outcome of this technique are yet to be published.

  16. Extended lateral approach for intra-articular calcaneal fractures: an inverse relationship between surgeon experience and wound complications.

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    Schepers, Tim; Den Hartog, Dennis; Vogels, Lucas M M; Van Lieshout, Esther M M

    2013-01-01

    The current reference standard for the treatment of displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures is open reduction and internal fixation using an extended lateral approach. In the present retrospective study, we evaluated the results of a consecutive series of patients treated in the same fashion from June 2005 to September 2011 using a subcuticular single-layer closure technique. We also determined the risk factors for the development of wound complications and the rate of wound complications. Also, we assessed which patient, fracture, and surgical characteristics affected these complications. During the 75-month study period, we operated on 53 displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures in 50 patients using the extended lateral approach. The incision was closed using the subcuticular technique in 49 cases (92.45%). In the subcuticular closure group 2 (4.1%) deep infections and 2 (4.1%) superficial wound complications (1 dehiscence and 1 infection) occurred. Wound edge or flap necrosis was not encountered. The use of bone-void filler and the experience of the surgical team were significantly (p rate combined with the extended lateral approach. The effect of bone void fillers on the incidence of complications should receive more attention in future research. The association between wound complications and the experience level of the surgical team supports the need for centralization of this complex injury. PMID:23318101

  17. Traitement chirurgical des fractures articulaires du calcanéum par plaque vissée

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    Hammou, Nassreddine; Abid, Hatim; Shimi, Mohammed; El Ibrahimi, Abdelhalim; El Mrini, Abdelmajid

    2015-01-01

    Les fractures du calcanéum sont peu fréquentes mais le plus souvent graves. Le traitement chirurgical par plaque vissée est ardemment défendu. L'objectif de notre travail rétrospectif est d’évaluer les résultats du traitement chirurgical des fractures articulaires du calcanéum à travers une série de 12 patients opérée aux service d'orthopédie du CHU Hassan II de Fès sur une durée de 3 ans, et les comparer aux données de la littérature. L’âge moyen dans notre série était de 34 ans, le geste op...

  18. Percutaneous reduction combined with bone graft in treatment of displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures

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    Wang Xianhui; Mei Jiong; Li Shanzhu; Ni Ming; Shang Hongjing

    2009-01-01

    Objective: To introduce the experience and key points of percutaneous reduction combined with bone graft to treat calcaneal fractures. Methods: Percutaneous reduction and internal fixation combined with bone graft was performed from April 2004 to April 2006 on 15 cases (16 sides) with intra-articular calcaneal fractures including 13 males (14 feet) and 2 females (2 feet) ,with average age of 36. 6 years (24-61 years). All patients underwent radiography including lateral and axial views for calcaneus, oblique view for foot and three-dimensional CT imaging reconstruction. According to Sanders classification, there were 12 feet of type Ⅱ (3 type Ⅱ a, 3 type Ⅱ b and 8 type Ⅱ c)and 2 feet of type lilac. The length of calcaneus was recovered through traction by Steinmann pin which passed through calcaneal tubercle perpendicularly and the posterior facet was elevated until reduction by a curve scissors through an 0.5 cm incision along the primary fracture line of lateral calcaneus. The calcaneus was fixed with different cannulated cancellous screws according to the type of fractures. Then bone graft was injected to fill the defect of calcaneus through lateral incision. Results: All patients were followed up for an average of 18.4 months (ranged, 12 to 34 months). No complication such as wound infection, screw breakage and calcaneum varus was found postoperatively. The average time for bone healing was 10 weeks. The results were excellent in 12 cases, good in 4 cases according to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) hindfoot score. The rate of excellent and good clinical results was 100%. The mean AOFAS hindfoot score in tongue type group (86.5+4.4) was better than in joint depression type group (81.2±1.7, P<0.05). Radiography showed basic restoration of Bohler's angle, Gissane's angle and calcaneal shape. Conclusion: The combination of percutaneous reduction and injectable bone graft is suitable for surgical treatment of Sanders 11 and III type

  19. Ligamentotaxis for complex calcaneal fractures using Joshi's external stabilization system

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    Singh, Ajai; Srivastava, RN; Jah, M; Kumar, Ashish

    2008-01-01

    Background: Controversies exist in the literature regarding the management of complex fractures of the calcaneum. We evaluated a series of complex fractures of the calcaneum managed by ligamentotaxis using Joshi's external stabilization system (JESS) for its efficacy. Materials and Methods: Forty-five patients having complex (comminuted, intra-articular fracture with compromised soft tissue condition) fractures of the calcaneum, who were treated by external fixator (JESS) based on the princip...

  20. Modification of the sinus tarsi approach for open reduction and plate fixation of intra-articular calcaneus fractures: the limits of proximal extension based upon the vascular anatomy of the lateral calcaneal artery.

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    Femino, John E; Vaseenon, Tanawat; Levin, David A; Yian, Edward H

    2010-01-01

    The treatment of displaced calcaneal fractures remains controversial. Early surgical management to restore articular congruence and the structural function of the calcaneus is widely accepted as the best way to avoid the negative consequences of malunion. Concerns remain however regarding the best approach for reducing and maintaining reduction of these complex fractures, while minimizing the risk of surgical complications. The potential for serious wound complications is a major concern, particularly breakdown of the lateral calcaneal skin flap with the extensile lateral approach. Various approaches have been developed to try and balance the need for direct reduction of the articular surface while minimizing the potential for wound complications. Palmer originally described a laterally based approach through the sinus tarsi for direct visualization of the articular surface for reduction. He and others have found this approach to be useful and reasonably safe. At times, however, it may be necessary to extend the limits of a small incision over the sinus tarsi to treat adjacent fractures or to aid reduction in more complex fractures. In addition, a limited sinus tarsi incision without elevation of the lateral calcaneal skin flap does not allow for plate fixation, a notable advantage of the extensile lateral approach, particularly in gaining reduction of the body of the calcaneus. The authors have used an extended sinus tarsi approach to include placement of plate percutaneously beneath the lateral calcaneal skin flap through a sinus tarsi approach, and to treat adjacent fractures and soft tissue injuries. A clinical series of 13 patients (including 7 chronic smokers and 1 with diabetes and vascular disease) with closed displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures (Sanders types II and III) were treated by open reduction and internal fixation via this approach. Adjacent fractures were treated through the same incision. Two patients developed wound complications. No

  1. Case report:Calcaneal fractures in a cat

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    Longley, Mark J; Hannes, Bergmann,; Langley-Hobbs, Sorrel J.

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    A one year four month old male neutered domestic shorthair cat was presented for sudden onset, left pelvic limb lameness. Upon clinical examination, pain was localised to the hock region and the cat was found to have persistent deciduous teeth. No evidence of trauma was apparent. Radiographs revealed a transverse fracture at the base of the calcaneus. The fracture was stabilised with a Steinmann pin and tension band wire. Eleven weeks after fixation of the fracture, the cat presented with lam...

  2. An outcomes assessment of intra-articular calcaneal fractures, using patient and physician's assessment profiles.

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    Kennedy, J G

    2012-02-03

    Thirty-six patients with intra-articular displaced calcaneal fractures were examined to determine both physician- and patient-based outcomes. Three groups were selected. Group A was treated with open reduction and internal fixation, group B was treated with open reduction internal fixation and supplemental bone graft augmentation and the patients in group C were treated with plaster cast immobilisation and no formal operative treatment. All cohorts were well matched for age, sex and severity of injury. Patients were evaluated using both the American Foot and Ankle Society Scoring System (AFASS) and the short form 36 (SF-36). Minimum time to follow up was 4 years. No significant difference was observed between the three groups with regards to pain and functional outcomes using the AFASS score (P>0.05). No difference was observed between the three groups using the SF-36 score (P>0.1). A statistically significant difference was observed, using radiological criteria, between both groups A and B when compared to the non-operative group C. The rate of wound infection in groups A and B was 31.5%. No correlation was found between the SF-36 score and the AFASS score. No correlation was found between the radiological score and either the SF-36 or the AFASS score. This study has found that the conservative treatment of calcaneal fractures can produce satisfactory outcomes with lower morbidity than surgically treated fractures.

  3. Treatment of ipsilateral high energy tibial plateau and calcaneal fractures by a circular wire fixator: a case report

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    Dhar, Shabir Ahmed; Butt, Mohammed Farooq; Ali, Murtaza Fazal; Mir, Mohammed Ramzan; Kawoosa, Altaf Ahmed

    2009-01-01

    Introduction High energy tibial plateau fractures along with calcaneal fractures individually produce several challenges for the orthopaedic surgeon. The principles of bony reconstruction include anatomic reduction and rigid internal fixation of intra-articular fractures and accurate restoration of the coronal, sagittal and transverse mechanical axes. Due to the tenuous nature of the soft tissue and devitalisation of the comminuted fragments with open reduction, external fixation of type 6 ti...

  4. Risk of injury to vascular-nerve bundle after calcaneal fracture: comparison among three techniques

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To ascertain whether the number of screws or pins placed in the calcaneus might increase the risk of injury when three different techniques for treating calcaneal fractures. METHOD: 126 radiographs of patients who suffered displaced calcaneal fractures were retrospectively analyzed. Three surgical techniques were analyzed on an interobserver basis: 31 radiographs of patients treated using plates that were not specific for the calcaneus, 48 using specific plates and 47 using an external fixator. The risk of injury to the anatomical structures in relation to each Kirschner wire or screw was determined using a graded system in accordance with the Licht classification. The total risk of injury to the anatomical structures through placement of more than one wire/screw was quantified using the additive law of probabilities for the product, for independent events. RESULTS: All of the models presented high explanatory power for the risk evaluated, since the coefficient of determination values (R2 were greater than 98.6 for all the models. Therefore, the set of variables studied explained more than 98.6% of the variations in the risks of injury to arteries, veins or nerves and can be classified as excellent models for prevention of injuries. CONCLUSION: The risk of injury to arteries, veins or nerves is not defined by the total number of pins/screws. The region and the number of pins/screws in each region define and determine the best distribution of the risk.

  5. Risk of injury to vascular-nerve bundle after calcaneal fracture: comparison among three techniques

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    Labronici, Pedro José; Reder, Vitor Rodrigues; de Araujo Marins Filho, Guilherme Ferreira; Pires, Robinson Esteves Santos; Fernandes, Hélio Jorge Alvachian; Mercadante, Marcelo Tomanik

    2016-01-01

    Objective To ascertain whether the number of screws or pins placed in the calcaneus might increase the risk of injury when three different techniques for treating calcaneal fractures. Method 126 radiographs of patients who suffered displaced calcaneal fractures were retrospectively analyzed. Three surgical techniques were analyzed on an interobserver basis: 31 radiographs of patients treated using plates that were not specific for the calcaneus, 48 using specific plates and 47 using an external fixator. The risk of injury to the anatomical structures in relation to each Kirschner wire or screw was determined using a graded system in accordance with the Licht classification. The total risk of injury to the anatomical structures through placement of more than one wire/screw was quantified using the additive law of probabilities for the product, for independent events. Results All of the models presented high explanatory power for the risk evaluated, since the coefficient of determination values (R2) were greater than 98.6 for all the models. Therefore, the set of variables studied explained more than 98.6% of the variations in the risks of injury to arteries, veins or nerves and can be classified as excellent models for prevention of injuries. Conclusion The risk of injury to arteries, veins or nerves is not defined by the total number of pins/screws. The region and the number of pins/screws in each region define and determine the best distribution of the risk. PMID:27069891

  6. Ligamentotaxis for complex calcaneal fractures using Joshi′s external stabilization system

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    Singh Ajai

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Controversies exist in the literature regarding the management of complex fractures of the calcaneum. We evaluated a series of complex fractures of the calcaneum managed by ligamentotaxis using Joshi′s external stabilization system (JESS for its efficacy. Materials and Methods: Forty-five patients having complex (comminuted, intra-articular fracture with compromised soft tissue condition fractures of the calcaneum, who were treated by external fixator (JESS based on the principle of ligamentotaxis. The gradual distraction was done to bring the articular margins together to maintain both alpha and beta angles to near normal range. Thirteen (28.9% patients underwent additional corticocancellous bone grafting with elevation of posterior facet. All patients were evaluated for their functional outcomes by American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle society (AOFAS Score for the ankle and hind foot. Mean duration of follow-up was 20.5 months. Results: Forty-two (93.4% of our patients did well with the ligamentotaxis. On evaluating final outcomes by AOFAS, approximately 71% of cases showed good results. Eleven patients (24.4% complained of persistent heel pain in the long-term follow-up. Out of these, eight (17.8% patients were those who had severe comminution with almost total loss of calcaneal height. The origin of heel pain was not the subtalar joint in all of these patients. On long-term follow-up none of these patients suffered from such severe pain so as to compel them to change the nature of their activity. Conclusion: We conclude that ligamentotaxis by JESS provides a viable and user-friendly alternative method of management of these complex calcaneal fractures.

  7. The surgical dilemma of the malunited calcaneal joint depression fracture: the VAMC Miami experience.

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    Cohen, M

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    During the period of October 1985 through March 1995, 25 patients presented to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Miami with a chief complaint of chronic pain status post calcaneal joint depression fracture. Their acute injury was treated conservatively at this and various other institutions. Nine patients were managed conservatively with orthotics, University of California Biomechanics Laboratory braces (UCBLs), shoe modification, or prosthetics. Sixteen patients underwent hindfoot fusions. Good to excellent results were obtained in 15 of the 16 fusions. The remaining patient, having an isolated subtalar fusion, was later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Proper evaluation of the chronic pain patient is critical when mapping out an appropriate treatment plan. Hindfoot arthrodesis with soft tissue decompression is a successful tool in eliminating chronic pain due to malunited depression fractures. PMID:8722881

  8. BOHLER'S ANGLE: CORRELATION WITH OUTCOME IN DISPLACED INTRA-ARTICULAR CALCANEAL FRACTURES TREATED WITH LOCKING COMPRESSION PLATE FIXATION WITH AND WITHOUT BONE GRAFTING

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    Deepak P; Eknath D; Vijayanand; Satish

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    BOHLER'S ANGLE: correlation with outcome in displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures Treated with locking compression Plate Fixation with and without bone grafting. AIMS: The aim is an accurate reduction of the fracture with reconstruction of Bohler’s angle, length and axis and sub talar joint surface. To determine whether autologous bone graft supplementation is beneficial in achieving and maintaining restoration of Calcaneal height and anatomic reduction. SETTINGS AND ...

  9. Non-union of calcaneum - A rare complication of calcaneal fracture - A case report with brief review of literature.

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    Kumar, Narinder

    2015-09-01

    Intra-articular fractures of calcaneum are known to be difficult to manage and lead to multiple complications including subtalar arthritis and malunion. However, non-union of calcaneum is rarely encountered. Only a total of six studies reporting on 12 patients could be found on reviewing the available literature (English language only). One such case of non-union of calcaneal fracture and its successful management is being reported in this case report. In addition, extremely limited literature available on calcaneal non-union is also briefly reviewed. Role of subtalar arthrodesis with internal fixation of fracture and bone grafting for successful management of this rare complication is highlighted along with the possibility of under-reporting of this relatively unknown complication. PMID:26155055

  10. Neuspešno primarno zdravljenje zloma petnice: Failed primary treatment of calcaneal fracture: kaj storiti?: what to do?:

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    Andoljšek, Matej

    2008-01-01

    Many patients are seriously disabled after failed primary treatment of calcaneal fracture. They complain about pain, swelling of the foot and ankle, stiffness and/or limping. They have problems with walking the uneven ground, standing on their toes or climbing ladders. Complains are related to injuries of the soft tissues (not discussed in this paper) and/or injures of the bones and joints. A decreased Boehler's angle resulting in flatfoot is not always aserious defect, and most patients with...

  11. Study of occurrence, demography and pathomorphology of ankle and foot fractures and evaluation of the treatment outcome of calcaneal fractures

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    This study highlights which injury has greatest burden, how frequent are the injuries of foot and ankle areas, which is an extremely neglected specialty in orthopedics and also the importance of proper diagnosis, classification of fractures, appropriate pre-operative planning and timely conservative as well as surgical intervention of ankle and foot fractures that resulted in a satisfactory outcome Despite the fact, foot and ankle is the most important locomotor unit of our lower limb, there have been few studies addressing the problem and treatment outcome of such fractures. Objective: To determine the occurrence, demography and pathomorphology of ankle and foot fractures, also evaluation of treatment outcome of calcaneal fractures. Methodology: This was a longitudinal interventional study which dealt with acute traumatic ankle and foot fracture patients coming to Accident and Emergency Department of MHL, DOST unit 1, with inclusion and exclusion criteria clearly defined. Results: Total 100 patients were included in the study. Mean age of patients was 35.71+-13.60 years. Minimum age of patients was 14 and maximum age of patients was 70 years respectively. Gender distribution of patients shows that 15 patients were female and the remaining 85 patients were male. Male patients were greater in number as compared to female patients ie. M: F, 6:1. Mechanism of the injury showed that there were 48 patients who suffered from RTA , 37 patients had trauma due to fall from height, 6 patients had industrial injuries, 5 patients had Fire Arm Injury, and 2 patients had injuries due to domestic activity, 1 had trauma due to sports activity and 1 had injury due to agricultural work. There were 41 patients with fractures of calcaneum and out of which 5 had bilateral fracture calcaneum. They were classified according to CT based Sanders classification. Out of these 22 patients were of Sanders type III, 12 patients were of Sander type II, 5 patients were of Sander type IV, 2

  12. BOHLER'S ANGLE: CORRELATION WITH OUTCOME IN DISPLACED INTRA-ARTICULAR CALCANEAL FRACTURES TREATED WITH LOCKING COMPRESSION PLATE FIXATION WITH AND WITHOUT BONE GRAFTING

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    Deepak P

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available BOHLER'S ANGLE: correlation with outcome in displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures Treated with locking compression Plate Fixation with and without bone grafting. AIMS: The aim is an accurate reduction of the fracture with reconstruction of Bohler’s angle, length and axis and sub talar joint surface. To determine whether autologous bone graft supplementation is beneficial in achieving and maintaining restoration of Calcaneal height and anatomic reduction. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: Level 1 trauma center, Prospective, randomized. METHODS AND MATERIAL: Consecutive 46 patients who had fracture calcaneum were treated by open reduction and internal fixation by locking plate with and without bone graft during the period from November 2009 to April 2012. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS USED: AOFAS-Ankle-Hind foot Scale, t Test. RESULTS: Fewer complications and statistically significant better results related to treatment with locking plates with bone grafting confirmed in comparison to without bone grafting ones were noted for intra-articular calcaneal fractures. In Group A the mean time for union was 10.39wks. The results were good and excellent in 86.95%, 8.69 % had fair result and 4.34% had poor results. In Group B the mean time for union was 11.95 wks. The overall results were good and excellent in 73.91%, 13.04 % had fair result and 13.04 % had poor results. CONCLUSIONS: The operative treatment of intra-articular calcaneal fractures could restore Böhler's angle better and the patient could return to full weight bearing earlier. We confirmed that autologous bone graft supplementation is beneficial in achieving and maintaining restoration of calcaneal height and anatomic reduction.

  13. Non-union of calcaneum – A rare complication of calcaneal fracture – A case report with brief review of literature

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    Kumar, Narinder

    2015-01-01

    Intra-articular fractures of calcaneum are known to be difficult to manage and lead to multiple complications including subtalar arthritis and malunion. However, non-union of calcaneum is rarely encountered. Only a total of six studies reporting on 12 patients could be found on reviewing the available literature (English language only). One such case of non-union of calcaneal fracture and its successful management is being reported in this case report. In addition, extremely limited literatur...

  14. Ligamentotaxis for complex calcaneal fractures using Joshi′s external stabilization system

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    Singh Ajai; Srivastava R; Jah M; Kumar Ashish

    2008-01-01

    Background: Controversies exist in the literature regarding the management of complex fractures of the calcaneum. We evaluated a series of complex fractures of the calcaneum managed by ligamentotaxis using Joshi′s external stabilization system (JESS) for its efficacy. Materials and Methods: Forty-five patients having complex (comminuted, intra-articular fracture with compromised soft tissue condition) fractures of the calcaneum, who were treated by external fixator (JESS) based on t...

  15. Operative treatment of calcaneal fractures%跟骨骨折的手术治疗策略及疗效分析

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    陈滨; 黎润光; 王钢

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨跟骨骨折的受伤机制、临床分型、手术治疗方法及其疗效.方法 2005年6月至2009年5月共收治70例(83足)闭合性新鲜跟骨骨折患者,男45例,女25例;年龄18~62岁,平均38.3岁.骨折根据Essex-Lopresti分类:关节外骨折20足(前突骨折5足,体部骨折9足,结节部骨折3足,内外侧突骨折3足),关节内骨折63足(舌状骨折25足,关节压缩型骨折38足).63足关节内骨折根据Sanders分型:Ⅱ型30足,Ⅲ型21足,Ⅳ型12足.采用常规足外侧"L"形切开复位普通钢板或锁定钢板内固定50足,微创切开复位螺钉固定20足,撬拨复位克氏针(或加螺钉)固定13足.20足骨缺损>2 cm3,行骨移植治疗.术后采用美国足踝外科协会(AOFAS)踝与后足评分评价患者足部功能恢复情况. 结果 70例患者术后获12~30个月(平均18个月)随访.末次随访时70例患者83足AOFAS踝与后足评分平均为(90.3±11.0)分(48~100分).20足关节外骨折患者AOFAS踝与后足评分平均为(98.1±2.6)分(90~100分),无并发症发生.63足关节内骨折患者AOFAS踝与后足评分平均为(87.8±11.4)分(48~100分).并发症包括:切口皮缘坏死2足,经换药后创面闭合;腓肠神经损伤4足;距下关节创伤性关节炎10足. 结论 对于不同类型的跟骨骨折,术前慎重评估软组织损伤和骨折类型、程度,采用适当的治疗方法,可以获得较好疗效.关节外骨折的疗效明显优于关节内骨折.%Objective To investigate the injury mechanism, clinical classification, treatment methods and clinical results of calcaneal fractures. Methods From June 2005 to May 2009, 83 feet in 70 patients with calcaneal fractures were treated. According to Sanders and Essex-Lopresti classifications, 63 feet had intra-articular fractures (30 feet of type Ⅱ, 21 type Ⅲ, and 12 type Ⅳ ) and 20 feet had extra-articular fractures (3 feet of lateral condylar fracture, 5 anterior process fracture, 9 calcaneal body fracture

  16. Operative Treatment of Sanders Ⅲ,Ⅳ Type Calcaneal Fracture%Sanders Ⅲ、Ⅳ型跟骨骨折的手术治疗

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    赵快平; 王朝晖; 李春艳

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To explore the clinical outcomes of the Sanders Ⅲ ,Ⅳ type calcaneal fracture treated by opetat‐ing .Methods:31 cases(35 feet) being severe calcaneal fracture were analyzed retrospetively from Jun 2011 to Jun 2014 . These cases were treated by operating with L‐shaped lateral approach of calcaneum ,fixing with locking plate and graft‐ing with allogeneic bone .Results:There were 3 cases with approach complication after opetation and the incidence was 8 .6% .The postopetative outcome of the height ,width ,Bohler angle ane Gissane angle of calcaneun was more perfectly than the preoperation .Maryland foot score system was using to evaluate the postoperative fuction when the cases were followed up .The results showed 11 excellent ,18 good ,5 fair and 1 poor .The excellent and good rate was 82 .9% .Con‐clusion:It is a effective method to treat the Sanders Ⅲ ,Ⅳ type calcaneal fracture with L‐shaped lateral approach of cal‐caneum ,locking plate internal fixation and allogeneic bone graft .It is both importance to recover the posterior talocalca‐neal jiont surface and the whole calcaneal anatomic form .%目的:探讨手术治疗SandersⅢ、Ⅳ型跟骨骨折的临床疗效。方法:回顾分析2011年6月-2014年6月采用跟骨外侧“L”型切口手术入路、锁定钢板内固定和同种异体骨植骨治疗31例(35足)的严重跟骨骨折。结果:术后出现切口并发症3例,发生率为8.6%;术后跟骨高度、宽度、Bohler角、Gissane角较手术前明显改善(P<0.05)。随访采用M aryland足部评分,优11足、良18足、可5足、差1足,优良率82.9%。结论:跟骨外侧“L”型切口手术入路、锁定钢板内固定和同种异体骨植骨是治疗Sanders Ⅲ、Ⅳ型跟骨骨折的有效方法,术中在复位跟骨后关节面的同时,注意跟骨整个解剖形态的恢复。

  17. Operative results of closed tibial plateau fractures

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    Mathur Hitin

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Management of tibial plateau fractures remains challenging because of their number, variety and associated soft tissue injuries that further augment their complexity. Comparison of operative results in recent reports has been difficult due to a lack of standard fracture classification scheme and uniform standardized objective criteria for evaluating results. Methods: Between August 1998 to December 2002, 27 closed tibial plateau fractures were treated operatively using methods and principles advocated by AO/ASIF and followed up for an average of 35.74 months (range 24-68 months. Fractures were classified according to Schatzker′s staging system and results evaluated using Rasmussen′s 30-point clinical grading system and Rasmussen′s radiological evaluation of the knee at a minimum follow up of 2 years. Results: Type II was the most common fracture type (9 cases followed by type I (6 cases. There were 37% excellent and 51.85% good functional results with only 3 patients having unacceptable results. The mean Rasmussen′s functional score was 25.062 (range 15-30. Minimal fixation in comminuted or depressed fractures as compared to rigid fixation was the cause of unacceptable results. Loss of knee range of motion in a few cases was attributed to delayed knee mobilization in these cases. Using Rasmussen′s radiological grading, 2 patients had excellent results and 81.48 % patients had good results. Only 3 patients had poor radiological results. The mean Rasmussen′s radiological score was 15.33 (range 10-18. Moreover, clinical evaluation did not correlate with the follow up radiograph. Conclusion: Anatomic reduction and rigid internal fixation followed by early knee motion and partial weight bearing during bone healing are the cornerstones in the treatment of tibial plateau fractures. Standard fracture classification, uniform reporting and evaluating criteria, along with detailed analysis of uniform treatment methods, has helped us

  18. The Current Situation on Treatment of Calcaneal Bone Fractures%跟骨骨折治疗现状

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    赵津刚

    2011-01-01

    由于跟骨结构的特异性和复杂性,治疗不当易造成跟骨疼痛、行走困难等严重后遗症,因此追求解剖复位并可靠固定是治疗的目的.近年来,跟骨骨折的治疗,如切开复位锁定板固定、经皮撬拨、关节镜、植骨等取得了较大进展,手术方法多样,在并发症的预防方面也有长足的进步.由于跟骨骨折致残率高,并发症多,多年来对其治疗一直争论很大.%Due to the specificity and the complexity of the calcaneum structure,it's easy to cause calcaneum ache,difficulty walking and other serious sequela if not treated well, therefore the pursuit of anatomical reduction and reliable fixing is the treatment goal.In recent years, the calcaneum bone fracture's treatment,such as the incision replacement lockplate fixing, percutaneous by leverage, the arthroscope, bone grafting and so on, has made great progress, the surgery method was diversified, and it also makes considerable progress in the complication prevention aspect.Because the disability rate of calcaneum bone fracture is high, and many complication are easily caused, it caused big argument for the treatment in many years.

  19. Clinical analysis of internal fixation with plastic titanium plate in the treatment of calcaneal fractures%可塑性钛钢板内固定治疗跟骨关节内骨折

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    杨新宇; 吴海华

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨切开复位可塑性跟骨钛钢板内固定治疗跟骨骨折的疗效.方法 SandersⅡ、Ⅲ、Ⅳ型跟骨关节内骨折患者29例共32足,采用手术切开复位并予可塑性跟骨钛钢板进行内固定,观察临床疗效.结果 29例患者均获随访,按照Msryland Foot Score系统进行术后功能评价,其中优21足、良9足、可2足,优良率93.7%.结论 手术切开复位、可塑性钛钢板内固定治疗跟骨关节内骨折是一种有效可靠的治疗方法.%Objective To study the application of open reduction and plasticity titanium plate in the treatment of calcaneal fracture.Methods 29 patients with sanders Ⅱ、Ⅲ、V calcaneal fracture were treated by surgery with open reduction and titanium plate fixation.The clinical effects were observed.Results All patients were followed by Maryland Foot score postoperative functional evaluation system,the group of 29 cases of fracture,excellent 21 cases,good 9 cases,acceptable 2 cases,excellent rate was 93.7%.Condtusion The open reduction and internat fixation with plastic titanic plate was reliable to treat displaced intra-articular fracture of calcaneus.

  20. The new bi - directional compression fracture malunion of calcaneal nail care%新型双向加压钉治疗跟骨骨折畸形愈合的护理

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    郑慧琳; 余旭辉; 段清萍; 张弘; 饶绮

    2015-01-01

    目的::探讨新型双向加压钉治疗跟骨骨折畸形愈合的护理方法。方法:选择陈旧性跟骨骨折畸形愈合患者30例,采集患者症状、体征及 X 线摄片或 CT 检查的相关数据,根据畸形的类型、程度、临床表现,实施新型双向加压钉矫形手术治疗,在围术期进行系统的护理。结果:30例患者33足手术时间15~45 min,平均时间(28.3±6.7)min;术中失血16~52 ml。术后 X 线片及螺旋 CT 扫描复查,均显示跟骨外侧突出骨块及跟骨横径已恢复正常。所有患者均顺利出院,术后随访时间12~30个月,平均17.5个月。 X 线片显示跟骨高度、宽度、Bohler 角基本恢复正常。根据美国骨科足踝外科学会的踝后足评分标准评分,60~70分1例,71~80分5例,81~90分18例,91~100分6例。结论:对陈旧性跟骨骨折患者行新型双向加压钉治疗,在围术期进行精心的护理,可有效减少并发症,提高手术成功率。%Objective:To explore the new bi - directional compression fracture malunion of calcaneal nail care. Methods:30 cases of calcaneal fracture mal-union cases,collecting patient symptoms,signs and X - ray or CT examination of the relevant data,according to the clinical types,degrees,deformity,the im-plementation of the new bi - directional compression nail for treatment of orthopedic operation,in the perioperative period nursing system. Results:30 cases of 33 foot operation time 15 - 45 min,average time was (28. 3 ± 6. 7)min;intraoperative blood loss was 16 - 52 ml. after X - ray and spiral CT scans showed prominent,lateral calcaneus bone block and calcaneal diameter has returned to normal. All patients were successfully discharged,postoperative follow - up, patients were followed up for 12 - 30 months,average 17. 5 months. X - ray showed the calcaneal height,width,the angle of Bohler returned to normal. Ac-cording to the Institute of USA Department of orthopedics of foot and ankle surgery ankle hindfoot score

  1. Delayed presentation of pseudoaneurysm complicating closed humeral fracture: MR diagnosis

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    Vascular injuries resulting from closed fractures of the humerus are rare. We describe two patients who developed unsuspected pseudoaneurysms following closed humeral fracture. Both patients presented with a mass, suspicious for malignancy. In each case, diagnosis was made by magnetic resonance imaging. (orig.)

  2. Fracture Union in Closed Interlocking Nail in Humeral Shaft Fractures

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    Ramji Lal Sahu

    2015-01-01

    Conclusions: The results of the present study indicates that in the presence of proper indications, reamed antegrade intramedullary interlocked nailing appears to be a method of choice for internal fixation of osteoporotic and pathologic fractures.

  3. Closed reduction of a fractured bone - aftercare

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    ... 53. Nettina SM. Musculoskeletal health. Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice . 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2010;chap 32. General principles of fracture care. In: Eiff MP, Hatch R, ...

  4. Biomechanics – Elastic Foundation Applied in Modelling of Calcaneal Nails

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    Sejda František

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a strength analysis of a calcaneal nail (material Ti6Al4V and stainless steel which is used to treat complex heel fractures. The application focuses on a unique calcaneal nail, the C-NAIL, produced by Medin a.s. (Nové Město na Moravě, Czech Republic. The paper first presents an analysis of fracture types, treatment methods and loading of the calcaneus. It then presents an analysis of limit conditions and loading. Calculations (displacement and stress are performed for 6 and 7 fixing screws using FEM (Ansys Workbench 14 software. The calculation involves a new, original application of an elastic foundation, which effectively replaces the complex interaction of the calcaneal nail and the heel bone.

  5. A Case Report: Ipsilateral Closed Talus Dislocation and Navicular Fracture

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    Tolga Atay

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Dislocation of the subtalar joint dislocations are rare. Three joint axes associated with that (which, tibiotalar, subtalar and talonavicular talus bone dislocation totally high-energy trauma or sports competitions outcome occurs, and this trauma as a result of complications of neurovascular injury, the talus capsular structure damage, skin necrosis and ligament damage may occur. Result of late term complications are avascular necrosis and degenerative arthritis. Talus fractures often are associated with one of the malleolus fracture or dislocation of the talus. Isolated talus dislocations without malleolus and talus fractures are usually occurs in open wounds. In this case, closed talus dislocation and ipsilateral navicular bone of foot fracture are observed as a result of the high energy trauma without malleolar fractures or fracture of the talus. Closed Talus dislocations are rare in the literature and has very less informations.

  6. 经皮撬拨复位空心钉内固定治疗跟骨关节内骨折%Percutaneous Reduction and Internal Fixation in the Treatment of Intra-articular Calcaneal Fractures

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    王先辉; 陈舰; 胡孙君; 应正然

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To sum up the experience of percutaneous and internal fixation of intra-articular calcaneal fracture.Methods:Fom June 2007 to June 2010,Percutaneous reduction and internal fixtion was performed on 24 cases with intra-articular calcaneal fractures.According to Sanders classification,there were 19 feet of type Ⅱ (3 type Ⅱ a,5 type Ⅱ b and 11 type Ⅱ c) and 5 feet of type Ⅲac.Results:All patients were followed up for an average of 16 months (ranged from12 to 24 months).No complications such as wound infection,screw breakage and calcaneum varus were found postoperatively.The average time for bone healing was 14.5weeks.The results were excellent in 17 cases,good in 5 cases,average in 2 cases according to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) hindfoot score.The rate of excellent and good clinical results was 91.6%.Radiography showed basic restoration of B(o)hler' s angle,Gissane' s angle and calcaneal shape.Conclusions:Percutaneous reduction and internal fixation is suitable for surgical treatment of Sanders Ⅱ and Ⅲ type calcaneal fractures,with advantages of simple operation,fewer complications and good clinical results.%目的:总结经皮撬拨复位空心钉内固定治疗跟骨关节内骨折的手术经验.方法:2007年6月~2010年6月,采用经皮撬拨复位空心钉内固定治疗跟骨骨折24例,其中SandersⅡ型19例(Ⅱ a型3例,Ⅱ b型5例,Ⅱ c11例),Sanders Ⅲ ac型5例.结果:所有患者术后随访12 ~24个月(平均16个月).术后均未发生切口感染、螺钉断裂及跟骨内翻等并发症.术后平均骨折愈合时间为14.5周.按美国足踝外科协会(AOFAS)后足评分系统评价疗效,优17例,良5例,一般2例,优良率91.6%.X线片检查示B(o)hler角、Gissane角、跟骨外形基本恢复正常.结论:经皮撬拨复位空心钉内固定适用于治疗Sanders Ⅱ,Ⅲ型跟骨骨折,具有操作简单、并发症少和临床疗效好等优点.

  7. An anatomic study and clinical application of sustentaculum talus for displaced intraarticular calcaneal fractures%载距突的解剖学研究及其在跟骨关节内移位骨折手术中的应用

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    王志杰; 邹云雯; 钟世镇; 丁自海

    2009-01-01

    Objective To study the anatomy and clinical application of sustentaculum talus for displaced intraarticular calcancal fractures. Methods The anterior tilt angles of the sustentaculum talus and the anterior part of posterior calcaneal facet, the maximal width of the middle calcaneum and the maximal and minimal thicknesses of the sustentaculum talus base were measured in 40 pieces of adult calcaneal spec-imens. The intraarticular structures of normal calcaneum were observed, including anatomical relations of the sustentaculum talus. The internal screw fixation of middle calcaneum was simulated to measure the positions and angles of screws. Follow-ups were conducted in 27 patients with displaced intraarticular calcaneal fractures treated by ORIF through an extensile right-angled lateral incision. The accuracy of screw insertion and func-tional outcome were assessed. Results The anterior tilt angle of the sustentaculum talus is 50°±5°, the anterior tilt angle of anterior part of posterior calcaneal facet is 69°±5°, the width of the middle calcaneum is (41.75±1.76) mm, and the maximal and minimal thicknesses of sustentaculum tali base are (12.14±1.60) mm and (4.81±1.07) mm respectively. The compact structure of bone trabecula beneath the sus-tentaculum talus progresses to the inferior part of the posterior calcaneal facet. The sustentaculum talus is closely connected with the tendons and vessels running along medially. The best 3 positions for screw insertion measured on coronal plane from the posterior facet to the sustentaculum talus are as follows: the lowest position is 25°±5° upwards, the highest point is 3°±3° downwards and the middle position is 13°±3°. The excellent and good rate of functional outcome was 88.9%. Conclusions ORIF through an extensile right-angled lateral incision is effective for displaced intraarticular calcaneal fractures. The sustentaculum talus is a good place for screw insertion. The length of screws can be determined by

  8. Ulnar nerve palsy after closed forearm fracture: a case report

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Closed double bone forearm fractures are among the most common fractures of childhood. These fractures often heal without problems with closed reduction and casting. The leading complications are known as malunion and compartment syndrome. The reports about nerve injuries related with these fractures are very limited. We present an eight years old boy who admitted to our hospital with ulnar nerve palsy symptomps three months after his initial trauma. His initial trauma was a simple fall which caused radius and ulna fractures. Radiological assessment showed proper union of the fractures. We performed surgical exploration to the ulnar nerve. We found a trapped and damaged nerve in the fracture region. Even though the rate of complications about nerve injuries are extremely rare in forearm fractures, neurologic examinations should be performed before and after the reduction maneuvers. Neurologic examination will be not only a guide for fracture management but also an important point for medicolegal problems. [Hand Microsurg 2012; 1(1.000: 30-32

  9. To Investigate the Application of Spiral CT Three-dimensional Reconstruction of the Value of Calcaneal Fractures%跟骨骨折应用螺旋 CT 三维重建的价值探讨

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    李海源; 李小满; 高莉丽; 林秀琼; 蔡映红; 梁玉英

    2015-01-01

    Objective Analysis of spiral CT three-dimensional reconstruction imaging in the diagnosis of trauma in the clinical value of calcaneus .Methods Collection the patients with calcaneal injury to our hospital for diagnosis and treatment in November 2 0 1 2 to November 2 0 1 4 ,selection of image data w hich patients had X-ray examination and three-dimensional reconstruction of spiral CT examination ,comparison of X -ray and spiral CT 3 D reconstruction ,by using the SPSS1 9 .0 statistical software using chi square test analysis of the dif-ference between X-ray and spiral CT 3 D reconstruction in diagnosis ,classification of calcaneal fracture .Results X-ray examination and CT 3 D reconstruction for diagnosis if there is no statistical significance of calcaneal fracture(P=0 .371 >0 .05 ) ,the fracture type classification (comminuted ,intra-articular) are highly statisti-cally significant( P<0 .0 1 ) .Conclusion X-ray and spiral CT 3 D reconstruction is the basic way to check the calcaneum bone fracture ,but the spiral CT three-dimensional reconstruction can specifically form more intu-itive ,comprehensive ,clear observation of fracture ,bring convenience for Department of orthopedics diagnosis and treatment .%目的:分析螺旋CT三维重建成像技术在诊断跟骨外伤中临床价值。方法收集2012年11月至2014年11月间到我院接受诊治的跟骨外伤患者,挑选其中患者均有进行X线平片检查及螺旋CT三维重建检查的影像资料,比较X线平片检查及螺旋CT三维重建,采用SPSS 19.0统计软件应用卡方检验分析X线平片检查及螺旋CT三维重建对跟骨骨折诊断、分类的差异。结果 X线平片检查与CT三维重建对于诊断是否有跟骨骨折无统计学意义(P=0.371>0.05),对于骨折类型分类(粉碎性、关节内)有高度统计学意义( P<0.01)。结论 X线平片检查及螺旋CT三维重建都是跟骨骨折检查的基本方式,但螺旋CT三维重

  10. Landing on your own two feet: a case report of bilateral calcaneus and open pilon fractures.

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    Tiedeken, Nathan C; Hampton, David; Shaffer, Gene

    2014-01-01

    High energy fractures of the distal tibial plafond and calcaneus have been associated with high functional morbidity and wound complications. Although both of these fractures result from a similar mechanism, they have rarely been reported to occur on an ipsilateral extremity. The combination of these 2 injuries on the same extremity would increase the likelihood of an adverse surgical or functional outcome. We present the case and management strategy of a 43-year-old male with bilateral open pilon fractures and closed calcaneal fractures after falling from a height. A staged protocol was used for the bilateral pilon fractures, with external fixation until operative fixation on day 9. Nonoperative management of the calcaneal fractures resulted in a successful functional outcome at 10 months of follow-up. Treatment of this fracture pattern must incorporate the condition of the soft tissues, an understanding of the fractures, and minimize patient risk factors to optimize the functional and surgical outcomes. PMID:24856663

  11. The relationship between restoring Gissane angle and prognosis in calcaneal fracture surgery%跟骨骨折手术Gissane角的恢复与预后的关系

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    郑磊; 秦书俭

    2015-01-01

    Objective To explore the relationship between restoring Gissane angle and prognosis in calcaneal fracture surgery. Methods Forty patients with single side calcaneal fracture (SandersⅡ-Ⅲ), Gissane angle changed more than 15°and having performed open reduction and internal fixation with steel plate were enrolled. In them, 25 patients (experimental group) recovered Gissane angle in surgery referencing the healthy side with X-rays. Another 15 patients (control group) didn't recover Gissane angle. The ratio of calcaneum height and length was measured at 1 week after surgery. At 6 and 12 months after surgery, the function were valued by Maryland score. Results The ratio of calcaneum height and length in experimental group was significantly higher than that in control group:0.60± 0.04 vs. 0.55±0.05, and there was statistical difference (P<0.05). All the patients were followed up. At 6 and 12 months after surgery, the Maryland score in experimental group were significantly higher than those in control group:(88.9± 5.7) scores vs. (80.5±7.3) scores and (89.5 ±5.5) scores vs. (82.5 ±6.4) scores, and there were statistical differences (P<0.05). Conclusions Restoring Gissane angle is benefitial for prognosis. So in calcaneal fracture surgery, the Gissane angle should be recovered as much as possible referencing the healthy side.%目的 探讨跟骨骨折手术Gissane角的恢复与预后之间的关系. 方法 选择住院手术治疗的SandersⅡ~Ⅲ型单侧跟骨骨折、Gissane角改变大于15°的患者40例,均进行跟骨骨折切开复位钢板内固定手术治疗.其中25例(试验组)参考健侧足跟骨X线片,术中将Gissane角恢复.另15例(对照组)术中未将Gissane角恢复.在术后1周通过X线片测量两组跟骨高长比,术后6和12个月分别对两组患者进行Maryland评分. 结果 试验组术后跟骨高长比高于对照组(0.60±0.04比0.55±0.05),差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).40例患者均获得随访.术后6和12个月,

  12. Supracondylar fractures in children-closed reduction vs open reduction

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    Full Text Available Back ground: Supracondylar fracture is the most common fracture around the elbow in children of the age group 5-10 yrs. The issue of open reduction in such fractures is always a matter of debate as even closed reduction gives satisfactory results. However the present study of 50 cases aims to highlight the benefits of open reduction over closed reduction in such cases. Methods: Patients were divided into two groups, 25 cases (group I were treated by ORIF using K-wires while 25 cases (group II were treated by closed reduction and P.O.P. splint in pronation. Group I patients were treated under G/A by two mini incisions medial and lateral and fragments fixed with K-wires. Post-operatively P.O.P. back splint was given. In both groups, the back splint was discarded after three weeks and active exercises encouraged. Results: Minor complications as superficial infections and pin tract infection were observed in group I patients. However variation of carrying angle (cubitus varus was more in group II. Limitation of movement was more in group II due to mal-rotation and anterior ledge formation, not seen with open reduction group. Conclusion: We conclude from above series that ORIF of supracondylar fracture is better than closed reduction as incidence of malunion is less and range of motion near normal as compared to closed reduction.

  13. 钢板与克氏针内固定修复跟骨骨折:Gissane角及Bohler角与跟骨高度比较%Internal fixation with plate and Kirschner wire to repair calcaneal fractures:comparison of Gissane angle, Bohler angle and calcaneus height

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    马东弟; 杨振建; 宋锦旭; 高志峰; 孙立恒; 潘学文

    2015-01-01

      结果与结论:切开复位重建钢板内固定组治疗后的Gissane角、Bohler角及跟骨高度显著大于经皮撬拨复位克氏针固定组(P 0.05);切开复位重建钢板内固定组治疗后1年随访的足踝功能AOFAS评分显著高于经皮撬拨复位克氏针固定组(P OBJECTIVE:To compare and analyze the prognosis effect of open reduction and internal fixation and percutaneous poking fixation with Kirschner wire for calcaneal fractures. METHODS:A total of 62 patients with calcaneal fractures, who were treated in Tangshan Fengnan District Hospital from March 2012 to September 2013, were selected for this study. The patients were divided into two groups according to the therapy strategy:open reduction and internal fixation group (n=29) and percutaneous poking fixation with Kirschner wire group (n=33). Gissane angle, Bohler angle, calcaneus height, incidence of postoperative complication and AOFAS score (1-year fol ow-up) were compared between the two groups. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:The Gissane angle, Bohler angle and calcaneus height in open reduction and internal fixation group were higher than percutaneous poking fixation with Kirschner wire group (P0.05). The AOFAS score during 1-year fol ow-up was significantly higher in open reduction and internal fixation group than in the percutaneous poking fixation with Kirschner wire group (P<0.05). Results indicated that open reduction and internal fixation could recover the regular structure of calcaneus and subtalar joint. Surgeon with skil ed operation skil s could ensure the safety of surgery. Open reduction and internal fixation can promote the prognosis of calcaneal fractures, and is better than percutaneous poking fixation with Kirschner wire.

  14. Surgical treatment of displaced intraarticular calcaneal fractures in children%应用跗骨窦有限切口克氏针内固定加植骨治疗儿童跟骨关节内骨折

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    李凡; 勘武生; 刘郁东; 徐剑; 李明静

    2015-01-01

    Objective To retrospectively evaluate the surgical outcomes of displaced intraarticular calcaneal fractures in children after open reduction,internal fixation with Kirschner wire and bone grafting via limited tarsal sinus incision.Methods The clinical data of 26 boys (77 sides) with displaced intraarticular calcaneal fractures from June 2010 to February 2014 were collected for respective analyses.Limited open reduction,internal fixation and bone grafting via limited tarsal sinus incision with k-wire were performed.Their average age was 9.6 (2-15) years.Preoperative radiographs and computed tomographic scans were used to classify the fractures.According to the Sanders classification,there were 6 feet of type Ⅱ (4 type Ⅱa,2 type Ⅱb),14 feet of type Ⅲ (6 type Ⅲab,5 type Ⅲac & 3 type Ⅲbc) and 7 feet of type Ⅳ.The functional outcomes were assessed by the modified American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) ankle and hindfoot score.Results The mean follow-up period was 21 (8-30) months.All fractures healed clinically after 4 weeks postoperation.In patients with type Ⅱ fractures,B hler angle was restored from 16.8 ± 12.9 to 36.8 ±7.5 (P<0.05)and Gissane angle from 104.8°± 12.8° to 124.3°± 9.6°(P<0.05); In type Ⅲ fractures,B? hler angle improved from 15.4°± 14.1° to 34.4°± 9.1°(P<0.000 1) and Gissane angle from 100.6° ± 10.1° to 119.8° ± 11.7°(P<0.05) ; In type Ⅳ fractures,B? hler angle was restored from 8.6° ± 10.5° to 34.7° ± 5.3°(P<0.05) and Gissane angle from 105.4° ± 4.0° to 121.4° ± 8.9°(P<0.05).The mean modified AOFAS scores were 65.2 ± 2.5,67.0 ± 1.6 and 65.0 ± 2.8 in patients with type Ⅱ,type Ⅲ and type Ⅳ respectively.The differences of AOFAS scores were not statistically significant among three groups (P<0.05).Pin hole infection occurred in one foot.There was on onset of wound infection,tissue necrosis,osteomyelitis or traumatic arthritis.Conclusions Limited open reduction

  15. PERCUTANEOUS BIPLANAR EXTERNAL FIXATOR METHOD FOR TREATMENT OF CALCONEAL FRACTURES

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    Jagadeesh Kumar; Parthasaradhy M.; Subramanian,; Thiyageswaran; Abinandharajha; Adhiyamaan; Shivakumar

    2015-01-01

    Calcaneal fracture, the most common tarsal bone fracture, occurs predominantly in manual labors and subsequently has got considerable socioeconomic implications. Treatment modality which can offer early weight bearing and early return to work is therefore needed for those patient s. We have used a biplanar percutaneous external fixator for treating calcaneal fractures per operative visualization of the fractures. We have treated 20 ca...

  16. Poor accuracy of calcaneous ultrasounds in the selection of postmenopausal women affected by vertebral osteoporosis diagnosed by DXA

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    Aim: Bone Mineral Density (BMD) is the strongest skeletal predictor of fractures. DXA densitometric technique is the reference method to diagnose osteoporosis. Large prospective studies have confirmed that both Broad Band Ultrasound Attenuation (BUA) and Speed Of Sound (SOS) measurements at calcaneus predict vertebral fractures independently of densitometry. The aim of this study was to verify the capacity of calcaneal ultrasound (US) to detect women with vertebral osteoporosis diagnosed by DXA. Material and Methods: 453 women (aged 60-70 yrs), were investigated both with calcaneal US and spine DXA. WHO diagnostic criteria were applied both to DXA and US. Results: 202 and 251 women resulted osteoporotic and non osteoporotic at spine, respectively. Calcaneal US were not able to detect with sufficient accuracy the women diagnosed as osteoporotic at the spine (71-73 % of false negative and 11% of false positive results both for BUA and SOS). Conclusion: In conclusion, calcaneal US do not permit to individually diagnose vertebral osteoporosis

  17. Complications of close interlock nailing in the management of close tibial fracture

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    Objective: The objective of this study is to find out the frequency of complications of locally made interlock nailing in tibia after nine months of surgery. Material and Method:. This case series study was done from March 2004 to February 14 in the Department of Orthopedic and Trauma Postgraduate Medical Institute Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar. A total of 58 adults ( after the closure of epiphysis) patients were randomly selected provided that they have; Close diaphysial fracture of tibia which is located 7 cm below the knee joint and 4 cm above the ankle joint and fracture less than one week old. Results: Total numbers of patients were 58. Anterior Knee pain was observed in 14(24.1%), delayed union in 10(17.2%), external of 100 rotation in 4(6.9%) and internal rotation of 50 in 1(1.7%), non union in 4(6.9%), intramedullay infection in 3(5.2%), shortening of 1 centimeter (cm) in 2(3.4), 2 cm in 1(1.7%) and 1.5 cm in 3(5.2%) cases, distal screw broken in 2(3.4%), proximal screw broken in 1(1.7%), Nail broken in 2(3.4), infection at proximal screw in 2(3.4%) and at distal screw was 2(3.4%), Restriction of knee flexion in 1(1.7%), Restricted ankle movements in 1(1.7%), varus angulation of 100 in 1(1.7%), valgus angulation of 100 in 1(1.7%), Ankle pain in 1(1.7%) and deep vein thrombosis in 1(1.7%). Conclusion: interlocking nail is considered to be the gold standard for management of tibial fracture but it is not free of complication especially knee pain and angular rotation. (author)

  18. 外踝后穿支皮瓣修复跟骨骨折钢板内固定术后皮肤缺损%Lateral retrom alleo larperforator flap for repairing soft tissue defects after internal fixation of calcaneal fractures

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    张建华; 吴学建

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical effect of the lateral retrom alleo larperforator flap (sural nerve nutritional vessel axial flap) on repairing soft tissue defects after internal fixation of calcaneal fractures.Methods From March 2008 to September 2013,eight cases of the soft tissue defects were repaired by using lateral retrom alleo larperforator flap.Results All of the eight flaps survived.Specifically,the patients were follow-up for 6 to 30 month.It turned out that the appearance and function of the flaps had good recovery.No chronic infection developed during the period.Conclusions Lateral retrom alleo larperforator flap has good repair effect on the reconstruction of the soft tissue defects after internal fixation of calcaneal fractures.%目的 探讨外踝后穿支皮瓣(腓动脉终末穿支蒂腓肠神经营养血管皮瓣)修复跟骨骨折钢板内固定术后皮肤缺损的临床效果.方法 2008年3月至2013年9月对8例跟骨骨折钢板内固定患者术后的皮肤缺损采用外踝后穿支皮瓣修复.结果 术后8例皮瓣全部成活,术后随访时间6~30个月,皮瓣外观及功能恢复良好,无创面再坏死、裂开、感染等情况出现.结论 外踝后穿支皮瓣修复跟骨骨折钢板内固定术后皮肤缺损获得良好的修复效果.

  19. False positive indium-111 white blood cell scan in a closed clavicle fracture

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    Aggressive treatment of the multiply injured patient often requires early fixation of many fractures, some of which may be open. Often, patients develop postoperative fevers requiring a thorough workup to rule out infection. Recently, indium-111 white blood cell (WBC) imaging has become a valuable adjunct in the diagnosis of acute infection. The patient described had a simple, closed clavicle fracture with markedly increased activity on an indium-111 WBC scan obtained for fever workup. This subsequently proved to be a normal, healing, noninfected fracture by other diagnostic techniques. Noninfected, simple closed fractures should be added to the list of causes for a false-positive indium-111 WBC scan

  20. Risk of septic knee following retrograde intramedullary nailing of open and closed femur fractures

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background One potential complication of retrograde femoral nailing in the treatment of femur fractures is the risk of septic knee. This risk theoretically increases in open fractures as a contaminated fracture site has the potential to seed the instrumentation being passed in and out of the sterile intraarticular starting point. There are few studies examining this potential complication in a relatively commonly practiced technique. Methods All patients who received a retrograde femoral nail for femur fracture between September 1996 and November 2006 at a Level 1 trauma center were retrospectively reviewed. This yielded 143 closed fractures, 38 open fractures and 4 closed fractures with an ipsilateral traumatic knee arthrotomy. Patient follow-up records were reviewed for documentation of septic knee via operative notes, wound culture or knee aspirate data, or the administration of antibiotics for suspected septic knee. Results No evidence of septic knee was found in the 185 fractures examined in the dataset. Utilizing the Wilson confidence interval, the rate of septic knee based on our population was no greater than 2%, with that of the open fracture group alone being 9%. Conclusions Based on these results and review of the literature, the risk of septic knee in retrograde femoral nailing of both open and closed femoral shaft fractures appears low but potentially not insignificant. Funding There was no outside source of funding from either industry or other organization for this study.

  1. “/\\”形小切口钢板螺栓加压内固定治疗跟骨关节内骨折%The treatment of displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures by "/\\" shape incision with compression fixation and stud bolts

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    曲家富; 闫荣亮; 李生旺; 曹立海; 赵国志; 彭义; 刘洪达; 张英泽

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨跟部外侧“/\\”形小切口钢板螺栓加压内固定治疗跟骨关节内骨折的方法及疗效.方法 回顾性分析2010年8月至2011年11月手术治疗并获得随访的130例(140足)跟骨关节内骨折患者资料,男117例(127足),女13例(13足);年龄17~73岁,平均42.3岁.按Sanders分型:Ⅱ型49足,Ⅲ型75足,Ⅳ型16足.手术采用跟部外侧“/\\”形小切口,即跟腱前缘直切口和跗骨窦斜切口,使用跟骨解剖钢板螺栓加压固定治疗跟骨关节内骨折.手术前、后摄跟骨轴位、侧位X线片和跟骨CT扫描,测量跟骨B(o)hler角、Gissane角、内翻角、距下关节面骨折移位距离、跟骨高度、中点宽度、长度.根据Maryland足部评分及AOFAS踝-后足评分评价疗效.结果 130例患者均获得随访,随访时间15~31个月,平均20个月;术后平均出血量(194.24±104.17) ml,无一例发生切口皮缘坏死及伤口感染.骨折愈合时间45~86 d,平均(54.51±20.38)d.手术前、后B(o)hler角分别为6.27°±11.81°、27.21°±8.28°,Gissane角分别为108.36°±21.77°、117.47°±12.93°,跟骨中点宽度为(47.35±5.85) mm、(35.96±4.14) mm,高度为(39.79±5.85) mm、(47.64±3.83) mm,长度为(78.30±5.81) mm、(79.41±5.30) mm.Maryland足部评分为42~100分,优71足,良59足,可7足,差3足,优良率92.86%(130/140).AOFAS踝-后足评分为45~100分,优76足,良58足,可5足,差1足,优良率95.71%.术后12足踝关节内外翻活动较健侧受限5°~8°,其中3足于术后1年发生距下关节创伤性关节炎.结论 外侧“/\\”形小切口钢板螺栓加压内固定治疗跟骨关节内骨折可显著减少伤口并发症,恢复跟骨解剖形态和距下关节面平整,促进骨折早期愈合.%Objective To explore the method and efficacy of the treatment for displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures by lateral "/\\" shape incision with compression fixation and stud bolts.Methods From August 2010 to November 2011,used

  2. X-ray picture of unstable bone fractures and closed comporession-distraction osteosynthesis

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    Roentgenologic pictures of unstable bone fractures and the consolidation dynamics after closed compression-distraction osteosynthesis are analyzed. It is established that studying roentgenologic pictures of fractured bones in the early terms after the trauma permit to state unfavourable consolidation conditions and to predict the result of the treatment

  3. Calcaneal tendon: imaging findings; Tendao calcaneo: avaliacao por imagem

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    Montandon, Cristiano; Fonseca, Cristiano Rezio; Montandon Junior, Marcelo Eustaquio [Colegio Brasileiro de Radiologia e Diagnostico por Imagem, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)]. E-mail: crismontandon@hotmail.com; Lobo, Leonardo Valadares; Ribeiro, Flavia Aparecida de Souza; Teixeira, Kim-Ir-Sen Santos [Goias Univ., Goiania, GO (Brazil). Hospital de Clinicas. Dept. de Diagnostico por Imagem e Anatomia Patologica

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    We reviewed the radiological and clinical features of 23 patients with calcaneal tendon diseases, who were submitted to ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging. The objective of this study was to characterize the lesions for a precise diagnosis of calcaneal tendon injuries. A wide range of calcaneal tendon diseases include degenerative lesions, inflammation of the peritendinous tissue such as peritendinitis and bursitis, and rupture. Imaging methods are essential in the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of calcaneal tendon diseases. (author)

  4. C-arm guided closed reduction of zygomatic arch fracture

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    The zygomatic arch is structurally protruded and is easily fractured. The classic management of zygomatic arch fracture has been mentioned the Keen, Lothrop, Dingman and Alling and threaded K-wire. All of the above methods have advantages and disadvantages. To minimize the disadvantages, we performed threaded K-wire for the first time using C-arm image intensifier. The subjects were 16 patients with Knight North group II (Zygomatic arch fracture). Among them the C-arm was used in 12 patients and the operator used sensitivity general method in 4 patients and confirmed the operation by mobile X-ray equipment. In conclusion, both groups were satisfied surgically and cosmetically. Using the C-arm, actual image at the time operation was clear and satisfied, the surrounding tissue damage was minimized and at was more accurately completed. The operation time was shortened by 30 to 60 minutes proving it to be an efficient method. We suggest though that further studies be needed to evaluate the radiation effect on these patients

  5. Long-term outcome assessment of closed treatment of mandibular fractures.

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    Fayazi, Sara; Bayat, Mohammad; Bayat-Movahed, Saeed; Sadr-Eshkevari, Pooyan; Rashad, Ashkan

    2013-05-01

    Mandibular fractures are among the most common trauma injuries of the craniomaxillofacial region. This study evaluated the late results of mandibles fractures treated with arch bar. Forty-nine patients were examined clinically and by questionnaires for late results of arch bar treatment. Demographic data (age, sex, etc), trigeminal nerve sensation (Weber test), temporomandibular joint evaluation, masticatory muscle function, and occlusion were recorded. The data were analyzed by χ test using Sigma Stat 2.0 software. Fifty-one percent of the patients with angular fractures complained of sensory disturbances. Condylar and angular fractures demonstrated higher levels of pain. According to Pearson χ test, a statistically significant relation between angular fracture and tenderness of the internal pterygoid muscles (P = 0.047), angular fracture and cross-bite (P = 0.021), parasymphysial fracture and pain upon wind blowing (P = 0.026), and body fracture and mastication discomfort (P = 0.038) was found. In closed reduction therapy, fracture location of the mandible seems to be more likely correlated in producing particular long-term complications. Regular follow-ups for functional treatments and physiotherapy of chewing muscles and temporomandibular joint, along with removal of occlusal abnormalities, should be considered following arch bar reduction of mandibular fractures. PMID:23714869

  6. Radiodiagnosis of closed fractures of 2-5 metacarpal bones

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    A unified method of radiodiagnosis of angular deformities in subcapital fractures of 2-5 metacarpal bones was proposed. It was based on the standardization of the wrist laying for roentgenography of the oblique view strictly at the angle of 45 deg. The projection angle of deformity of the metacarpal bone was measured on a radiogram obtained and then a true value of the angular displacement of the bone fragments to the palm was determined on a nomogram (i.e. on a chart of the ratio of values of the true and projection angles). The healthy metacarpal bone heads were inclined to the palm at the angle of 13-33 deg. It was found that in subcapital fractures of 2-5 metacarpal bones certain self-correction (varying from 10 to 15 deg) of angular deformities was possible in children and adolescents only. Owing to such radiodiagnosis and a differentiated choice of therapeutic methods (in 48.8% of the patients indications for reposition were determined) good anatomical and functional results were obtained in most of the patients (96.9%)

  7. Closed patella fracture combined with cruciate ligament injury:a case control study

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    LI Han; WANG Wei; LIU Yue-ju; CHEN Wei; ZHANG Qi; LI Xu; ZHU Lian

    2013-01-01

    Background Patellar fracture and cruciate ligament injury are a common consequence of traumatic knee injury.Patellar fracture combined with cruciate ligament injury is rarely reported,although the mechanisms of two things are similar.This study aimed to evaluate the incidence of closed patella fracture combined with cruciate ligament injury.Methods From 2012 March 1 to June 30,magnetic resonance images of 60 patients with unilateral closed patellar fracture were studied in our institution.The mean age of the patients at presentation was 40.2 years (range,13-64 years) and 48 patients were men.First,patients were divided according to the cause of injury.Twenty-eight patients had highenergy trauma from a falling injury or motor vehicle accident,and 32 patients had low-energy trauma resulting from a tumbling injury.Second,according to the fracture pattern,31 patients had a transverse fracture and 29 patients had a comminuted fracture.Results We found seven cases of closed patellar fracture combined with cruciate ligament injury among 60 patients,including two cases of a completely ruptured posterior cruciate ligament,two with a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament,and three with a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament.The percentage of this combined injury was 11.6% (7/60).The incidence of a combined injury of the cruciate ligament with a comminuted fracture (6/29,20.7%) was significantly higher than that with a transverse fracture (1/31,3.2%,P <0.05).The most common mechanism of injury in patellar fracture combined with cruciate ligament injury was high-energy trauma from road traffic accidents (94%),whereas in the patellar fracture alone,it was tumbling (62%).The incidence of combined injury with high-energy trauma (6/28,21.4%) was significantly higher than that with low-energy trauma (1/32,3.1%,P <0.05).Conclusions These data suggest that high-energy trauma often results in a comminuted patellar fracture,which is often combined with

  8. Closed Talar Dislocation without Associated Fracture a Very Rare Injury, a Case Report

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    Kumar, Yashavntha C; Reddy, Sandeep; Golla, Dinesh Kumar; Ganesh, Niranthara

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Total talar dislocations are uncommon injuries and usually seen following high velocity injuries. Total talar dislocations (missing talus) without fractures around the ankle are extremely rare. There are no consensuses on the best treatment of such injuries. To best of our knowledge very few cases have been reported in literature. We hereby report a closed total talar dislocation in a 25 year old male without an associated fracture around ankle. He was managed with emergency clo...

  9. Closed reduction and percutaneous pinning of displaced supracondylar fractures of humerus in children with delayed presentation

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    Aman Dua; Krishna Kiran Eachempati; Rajesh Malhotra; Lalit Sharma; Mallinath Gidaganti

    2011-01-01

    Objective: Supracondylar fractures of the humerus account for 60% of all the fractures around the pediatric elbow and even in developed countries 18% of patients undergo surgery 48 hours or longer following presentation in the hospital. Management guidelines are not clear yet for these patients who present late. The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the clinical, radiological and functional outcome following closed reduction and percutaneous pinning of widely displaced supracondylar fractures of the humerus presenting 12 hours or more after injury.Methods: We reviewed the functional and radiological results of closed reduction and percutaneous pinning using crossed K-wires in 40 patients with displaced extension type supracondylar fracture of the humerus (Gartland type Ⅲ) with a delay of more than 12 hours in presentation. The average age of patients was 4.5 years and the mean delay in presentation was 17.55 hours.Results: Closed reduction and percutaneous pinning was successful in 90% of patients. The mean follow up period was 15 months. The Baumann's angle was restored within 4 degrees of the unaffected side in all patients. Use of a small medial incision in patients with severe swelling helped us avoid ulnar nerve injury. Using Flynn's criteria,38 patients (95%) had an excellent result. Two patients had mild myositis and both had a poor result. None of the patients developed cubitus varus.Conclusion: Closed reduction and crossed pinning of displaced supracondylar fractures of humerus in children is a safe and effective method even with delayed presentation.

  10. Precise and feasible measurements of lateral calcaneal lengthening osteotomies by radiostereometric analysis in cadaver feet

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    Martinkevich, P; Rahbek, Ole; Møller-Madsen, B;

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Lengthening osteotomies of the calcaneus in children are in general grafted with bone from the iliac crest. Artificial bone grafts have been introduced, however, their structural and clinical durability has not been documented. Radiostereometric analysis (RSA) is a very accurate and...... precise method for measurements of rigid body movements including the evaluation of joint implant and fracture stability, however, RSA has not previously been used in clinical studies of calcaneal osteotomies. We assessed the precision of RSA as a measurement tool in a lateral calcaneal lengthening...... poorly dispersed markers. Precision was assessed as systematic bias and 95% repeatability limits. RESULTS: Systematic bias was generally below 0.10 mm for translations. Precision of migration measurements was below 0.2 mm for translations in the osteotomy. CONCLUSION: RSA is a precise tool for the...

  11. Alloxan-induced diabetes delays repair in a rat model of closed tibial fracture

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    Full Text Available A closed fracture was performed on the left tibia of 3-month-old Wistar rats weighing 250 to 350 g that were either healthy (N = 24 or made diabetic with alloxan (N = 24 to investigate the effect of alloxan-induced diabetes on the course of bone fracture healing. Histomorphometric analysis of the fracture site was performed at 7, 14, 25, and 35 days. After 7 days, diabetic rats had significantly less cartilage (P = 0.045 and greater fibrous connective (P = 0.006 tissue formation at the fracture site compared to controls. In contrast, marked callus formation was seen in diabetic rats with significant osteogenesis (P = 0.011, P = 0.010, P = 0.010, respectively, for 14, 25, and 35 days and chondrogenesis (P = 0.028, P = 0.033, P = 0.019 compared to controls. Radiographic analysis revealed a displaced fracture with poor bone fragment alignment and delayed consolidation at these times in the diabetic group. The levels of alkaline phosphatase were significantly higher in diabetic rats at 25 days (P = 0.009. These results suggest that the initial excessive formation of fibrous connective tissue associated with delay in chondrogenesis and osteogenesis may not provide suitable stability of the fractured site, contributing to the inappropriate alignment of fragments and an increase in the volume of callus in later stages of repair. The resulting displaced fracture in diabetic rats requires long periods for remodeling and complete bone consolidation.

  12. Missed ulnar nerve injury and closed forearm fracture in a child

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    Batra Amit; Devgan Ashish; Verma Vinit; Singh Raj; Batra Shivani; Magu Narender; Singla Rohit

    2013-01-01

    Ulnar nerve injury in closed fracture of forearm in children is uncommon.Commonly,neurapraxia is the reason for this palsy but other severe injuries or nerve entrapment has been reported in some cases.The importance of diagnosis concerning the types of the nerve injury lies in the fact that they have totally different management.We present a case of ulnar nerve deficit in a child following a closed fracture of the forearm bones.It is imperative to diagnose exact cause of palsy as it forms the basis for treatment.MRI scan can help diagnosis and accordingly guide the management.Simple nerve contusion should be treated conservatively,and exploration with fixation of the fracture should be done in lacerations and entrapments of the nerve.Surgery is not the treatment of choice in cases that could be managed conservatively.

  13. 切开复位内固定术治疗Sanders Ⅱ、Ⅲ型跟骨骨折的疗效观察%The open reduction and internal fixation treatment of Sanders type Ⅱ、Ⅲ calcaneal fracture

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    李海峰; 季伟; 白雪东; 贾治伟

    2011-01-01

    目的 分析切开复位内固定术用于Sanders Ⅱ、Ⅲ型跟骨骨折患者的治疗效果.方法 回顾分析2008年6月至2010年6月我科同一组医生实施切开复位、钛板螺钉治疗的21例(23足)Sanders Ⅱ、Ⅲ型跟骨骨折患者.术前、术后在X线片上测量跟骨宽度、Bohler's角以及Gissane's角.伤后5-7 d局部消肿后实施手术,单侧骨折患者采用侧卧位,双侧患者采用俯卧位,选择跟骨外侧切口,采用"不接触技术"保护局部皮瓣,术中直视下用斯氏针辅助将后关节面复位,必要时取髂骨植于骨缺损部位,用钦钛螺钉固定.术后3、6、12个月复查X线及CT检查观察跟骨宽度、Bohler's角以及Gissane's角以及骨折愈合情况.结果 本组21例跟骨骨折切口均愈合良好,术后复查X线和(或)CT显示骨折愈合良好,测量跟骨宽度、Bohler' s角以及Gissane's角均恢复良好,患者下地活动后足跟均无明显不适.结论 加强围手术期管理、选择合适手术时机,掌握必要的手术技巧,切开复位内固定治疗Sanders Ⅱ、Ⅲ跟骨骨折可获得满意效果.%Objective To evaluate the open reduction and internal fixation operation effect of the Sanders type Ⅱ 、 Ⅲ calcaneous fracture. Methods A total 21 cases(23 foots) with Sanders type Ⅱ , Ⅲ calcaneal fracture from Jun 2008 to Jun 2010 underwent surgical treatment of the open reduction and fixation with titanium plates. The Bohler's and Gissane's angle as well as the width of the calcaneum were measured on pre-and postoperative X-ray films. The operation were done by one group experienced trauma surgeon under tourniquet control at 5 days to 7 days after injury. The patient is placed in the lateral decubitus position to treat unilateral fracture. The prone position is selected to treat bilateral fractures, no touch technique were used to protect the skins around incisions through lateral approch. During operation, one or two 3.5 mm Steinmann pins are introduced to

  14. Treatment of an open distal tibia fracture with segmental bone loss in combination with a closed proximal tibia fracture: a case report.

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    Park, Jin; Yang, Kyu Hyun

    2012-08-01

    The treatment of open distal tibia fractures remains challenging, particularly when the fracture is infected and involves segmental bone loss. We report the case of a 38-year-old man who sustained an open distal tibiofibular fracture with segmental bone loss and a closed proximal tibial fracture. The fractures were initially fixed with a temporary external fixator. The open distal tibial fracture was infected, and the skin was covered after the wound became culture negative. The tibia was then internally transported with a ring external fixator; the closed fracture of the proximal tibia served as the corticotomy for internal transport without conventional corticotomy. After 5 cm internal transport, the docking site of the distal tibia was fixed with a locking plate and autogenous cancellous bone graft. Bone graft was also used to the distal tibiofibular space to achieve distal tibiofibular synostosis. We describe one treatment option for an infected open fracture of the distal tibia with segmental bone loss that is accompanied by a closed fracture of the proximal tibia. This method can treat two fractures simultaneously. PMID:22526200

  15. Computational and physical consequences of interaction of closely located simultaneous hydraulic fractures

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    Rejwer, Ewa

    2015-01-01

    Strong interaction of closely located, nearly parallel hydraulic fractures and its influence on their propagation are studied. Both computational and physical aspects of the problem are considered. It is shown that from the computational point of view, when a distance between cracks is small as compared with their sizes, the system becomes ill-conditioned and numerical results deteriorate. The physical consequence of the interaction consists in decreasing of the crack opening and even greater decrease of conductivity. Then the resistance to fluid flow grows what results in the propagation of only those fractures, the distance between which is large enough. The research aims to suggests a means to overcome the computational difficulty and to improve numerical simulation of hydraulic fractures in shales. Numerical experiments are carried out for a 2D problem by using the complex variable hypersingular boundary element method of higher order accuracy. The condition number of the main matrix of a system, the open...

  16. Muscular tendinous junction rupture of the posterior tibial tendon after closed bimalleolar ankle fracture.

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    Jasqui-Remba, Salomon; Rodriguez-Corlay, Ruy Ernesto

    2016-01-01

    In this case report, we present an acute rupture in the muscular tendinous junction of a posterior tibialis muscle in a bimalleolar closed ankle fracture after a high-energy trauma in a 30-year-old patient with no significant medical history. Fracture was confirmed by simple X-rays, and was treated with an open reduction in which both of the fractures were treated with osteosynthesis material and reparation of the syndesmosis. If left untreated, this uncommon finding can result in a bad postsurgical outcome; we believe this injury is more common but under-reported in the literature. The surgeon should be aware and look specifically for this type of lesion during the procedure. Finding and treating this injury requires special postoperative care, non-weight-bearing instructions and balanced physiotherapy. PMID:26843223

  17. Avaliação biomecânica das fraturas intra-articulares do calcâneo e sua correlação clínica radiográfica Biomechanical evaluation of intra articular calcaneal fracture and clinical radiographic correlation

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    Marcos Emilio Kuschnaroff Contreras

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    Full Text Available O presente estudo teve o objetivo de oferecer uma avaliação clínica, radiográfica e biomecânica de pacientes com fratura intraarticular de calcâneo, submetidos à redução aberta e fixação interna. A amostra consistiu em 22 pacientes, 20 do sexo masculino e dois do sexo feminino, com idade média de 40,95 (± 11,63 anos. Os autores realizaram avaliações radiográficas do ângulo de Böhler e Gissane, no pré e no pós-operatório, além de utilizarem a tomografia computadorizada para avaliação da classificação de Sanders. A avaliação da Distribuição da Pressão Plantar foi realizada pelo sistema F-scan. Os resultados clínicos encontrados foram satisfatórios apresentando, pontuação média de 75,5 no critério da AOFAS.. A redução cirúrgica resultou em uma melhora dos ângulos de Böhler e Gissane. O estudo mostrou diferenças estatisticamente significantes entre o antepé o retropé fraturados no que tange sobre a área de contato, pressão e força de reação do solo. Os valores encontrados para estes parâmetros foram maiores no retropé que no antepé fraturados. A trajetória de Pressão (COP foi menor no pé fraturado que no pé normal. Encontrou-se correlação entre o Ângulo de Gissane após a redução e o Segundo Pico de Força, indicando que quanto melhor a redução deste ângulo , melhor a impulsão. Também encontrou-se a correlação entre a pontuação AOFAS e o Primeiro Pico de Força, mostrando que quanto melhor o resultado clínico melhor o apoio do retropé.The present study had an objective to perfom a clinical, radiographic and biomechanical evaluation in patients with calcaneal fractures submitted to open reduction with internal fixation. The sample consisted of 22 patients - 20 male and 2 female with an average age of 40,95 (±11,63 years old. The authors have done radiographic evaluation of the pre and post operatory of Böchler and Gissane angles; furthermore, they used a CT scanning for Sander

  18. The value of calcaneal bone mass measurement using a dual X-ray laser calscan device in risk screening for osteoporosis

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    Gulseren Kayalar

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To evaluate how bone mineral density in the calcaneus measured by a dual energy X-ray laser (DXL correlates with bone mineral density in the spine and hip in Turkish women over 40 years of age and to determine whether calcaneal dual energy X-ray laser variables are associated with clinical risk factors to the same extent as axial bone mineral density measurements obtained using dual energy x-ray absorbtiometry (DXA. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 2,884 Turkish women, aged 40-90 years, living in Ankara were randomly selected. Calcaneal bone mineral density was evaluated using a dual energy X-ray laser Calscan device. Subjects exhibiting a calcaneal dual energy X-ray laser T- score <-2.5 received a referral for DXA of the spine and hip. Besides dual energy X-ray laser measurements, all subjects were questioned about their medical history and the most relevant risk factors for osteoporosis. RESULTS: Using a T-score threshold of -2.5, which is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO, dual energy X-ray laser calcaneal measurements showed that 13% of the subjects had osteoporosis, while another 56% had osteopenia. The mean calcaneal dual energy X-ray laser T-score of postmenopausal subjects who were smokers with a positive history of fracture, hormone replacement therapy (HRT, covered dressing style, lower educational level, no regular exercise habits, and low tea consumption was significantly lower than that obtained for the other group (p<0.05. A significant correlation was observed between the calcaneal dual energy X-ray laser T-score and age (r=-0.465, p=0.001, body mass index (BMI (r=0.223, p=0.001, number of live births (r=-0.229, p=0.001, breast feeding time (r=-0.064, p=0.001, and age at menarche (r=-0.050, p=0.008. The correlations between calcaneal DXL and DXA T-scores (r=0.340, p=0.001 and calcaneal DXL and DXA Z-scores (r=0.360, p=0.001 at the spine, and calcaneal DXL and DXA T- scores (r=0.28, p=0.001 and calcaneal

  19. In-111-labeled white blood cell uptake in noninfected closed fracture in humans: prospective study

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    Since indium-111 white blood cell (In-111 WBC) scintigraphy is often used to evaluate for osteomyelitis in bone fractures, it is important to know if noninfected fractures have In-111 WBC uptake. Twenty-seven noninfected closed fracture sites in 19 patients were prospectively evaluated with technetium-99m methylene diphosphonate bone scintigraphy and In-111 WBC scintigraphy. In-111 WBC uptake was present in 41% of the 27 sites. In the 11 positive sites, the In-111 WBC uptake was 1+ (definite but minimal) in 55%, 2+ (moderate) in 36%, and 3+ (marked) in 9%. The visual intensity of the radioactive uptake on In-111 WBC scintigrams relative to that on bone scintigrams was less in 82%, equal in 9%, and greater in 9%. The visual size of the area of uptake on In-111 WBC scintigrams and bone scintigrams was smaller in 36%, equal in 55%, and greater in 9%. Factors that may help distinction of In-111 WBC uptake due to fracture alone from infection associated with fracture are discussed

  20. Open vs. closed reduction combined with minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis in humeral fractures.

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    Liu, Yin-Wen; Wei, Xiao-En; Kuang, Yong; Zheng, Yu-Xin; Gu, Xin-Feng; Zhan, Hong-Sheng; Shi, Yin-Yu

    2016-08-01

    Aim To explore a more effective surgical procedure, the outcomes of closed manipulative reduction (CMR) combined with minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis (MIPO) and conventional open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) for treating proximal humeral fractures were compared. Material and methods In a retrospective study of patients operated for humerus shaft fractures from April 2008 to July 2011, the outcomes of 33 patients treated with CMR/MIPO were compared with the outcomes of 42 patients treated with ORIF. The fractures were classified, and the incision length, blood transfusion, operating time, as well as the VAS (Visual Analog Scale) pain scores were analyzed. The neck-shaft angles of the proximal humerus were detected, and the postoperative function of the shoulder was evaluated. Results The mean values of incision length, blood transfusion, and VAS pain scores at the 1st and 3rd day after CMR/MIPO and operation time were lower than that of ORIF. The postoperative radiographs verified good position of all screws and satisfactory bone fracture reduction in both groups. Meanwhile, in the ORIF group, nonunion (three cases) and humeral head necrosis (four cases) were detected. Conclusions The MR/MIPO technique showed smaller incisions, easier operation, less blood transfusion and more effective recovery of shoulder joint function for treating proximal humeral fractures than ORIF. PMID:27266386

  1. Posterior pelvic ring fractures: Closed reduction and percutaneous CT-guided sacroiliac screw fixation

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    Purpose. To assess the midterm results of closed reduction and percutaneous fixation (CRPF) with computed tomography (CT)-guided sacroiliac screw fixation in longitudinal posterior pelvic ring fractures. Methods. Thirteen patients with 15 fractures were treated. Eleven patients received a unilateral, two a bilateral, screw fixation. Twenty-seven screws were implanted. Continuous on-table traction was used in six cases. Mean radiological follow-up was 13 months. Results. Twenty-five (93%) screws were placed correctly. There was no impingement of screws on neurovascular structures. Union occurred in 12 (80%), delayed union in 2 (13%), and nonunion in 1 of 15 (7%) fractures. There was one screw breakage and two axial dislocations. Conclusion. Sacroiliac CRPF of longitudinal fractures of the posterior pelvic ring is technically simple, minimally invasive, well localized, and stable. It should be done by an interventional/surgical team. CT is an excellent guiding modality. Closed reduction may be a problem and succeeds best when performed as early as possible

  2. Treatment of Severely Displaced Radial Neck Fractures in Children With Percutaneous K-wire Leverage and Closed Intramedullary Pinning

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    Zhang, Fu-Yong; Wang, Xiao-Dong; Zhen, Yun-Fang; Guo, Zhi-Xiong; Dai, Jin; Zhu, Lun-qing

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    Abstract To evaluate the efficacy and safety of percutaneous K-wire leverage (PKWL) reduction and closed intramedullary pinning (CIMP) for the treatment of pediatric radial neck fractures. From June 2010 to December 2013, a total of 50 children with Judet III and IV radial neck fractures were treated at our hospital. Manual closed reduction was first attempted to reduce the radial neck fractures. Upon successful closed reduction or the radial neck–shaft angle was reduced to  0.05), but were s...

  3. Closed subtalar dislocation with non-displaced fractures of talus and navicular: a case report and review of the literature

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    Fotiadis, Elias; Lyrtzis, Christos; Svarnas, Theodoros; Koimtzis, Miltos; Akritopoulou, Kiriaki; Chalidis, Byron

    2009-01-01

    Closed subtalar dislocations associated with talus and navicular fractures are rare injuries. We report on a case of a 43-year-old builder man with medial subtalar dislocation that was further complicated by minimally displaced talar and navicular fractures. Successful closed reduction under general anesthesia was followed by non-weight bearing and ankle immobilization with a below-knee cast for 6 ;weeks. At 3 years post-injury, the subtalar joint was stable, the foot and ankle mobility was i...

  4. Estimation of deformation and stiffness of fractures close to tunnels using data from single-hole hydraulic testing and grouting

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    Fransson, A.; Tsang, C.-F.; Rutqvist, J.; Gustafson, G.

    2010-05-01

    Sealing of tunnels in fractured rocks is commonly performed by pre- or post-excavation grouting. The grouting boreholes are frequently drilled close to the tunnel wall, an area where rock stresses can be low and fractures can more easily open up during grout pressurization. In this paper we suggest that data from hydraulic testing and grouting can be used to identify grout-induced fracture opening, to estimate fracture stiffness of such fractures, and to evaluate its impact on the grout performance. A conceptual model and a method are presented for estimating fracture stiffness. The method is demonstrated using grouting data from four pre-excavation grouting boreholes at a shallow tunnel (50 m) in Nygard, Sweden, and two post-excavation grouting boreholes at a deep tunnel (450 m) in Aespoe HRL, Sweden. The estimated stiffness of intersecting fractures for the boreholes at the shallow Nygard tunnel are low (2-5 GPa/m) and in agreement with literature data from field experiments at other fractured rock sites. Higher stiffness was obtained for the deeper tunnel boreholes at Aespoe which is reasonable considering that generally higher rock stresses are expected at greater depths. Our method of identifying and evaluating the properties and impact of deforming fractures might be most applicable when grouting takes place in boreholes adjacent to the tunnel wall, where local stresses might be low and where deforming (opening) fractures may take most of the grout.

  5. Delayed recognition of pediatric calcaneal osteomyelitis: a case report

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    Mallia, Alvin James; Ashwood, Neil; Arealis, Georgios; Bindi, Frank; Zamfir, Georgiana; Galanopoulos, Ilias

    2015-01-01

    Introduction The diagnosis of calcaneal osteomyelitis is a challenge, and diagnostic delays have been reported in the literature. The progression is often indolent, laboratory results commonly fail to reveal an underlying infectious process and radiographs changes are seen after 7 days. We discuss the literature on the diagnosis and treatment of calcaneal osteomyelitis which can result in long-term sequelae in the pediatric patient. Case presentation A 9-year-old white boy presented to our in...

  6. The lateral calcaneal flap for sensate heel reconstruction revisited.

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    Defects of the heel can be difficult to treat because they require a thin, sensate, soft-tissue cover. The lateral calcaneal flap can provide this type of reconstruction in selected patients. A 27-year-old man had a painful defect in a grafted heel that prevented him from working. A satisfactory painless heel was provided by resurfacing the area with a lateral calcaneal flap. The donor defect was minimized by interfascicular dissection of the sural nerve. PMID:8199942

  7. Closed reduction of displaced or dislocated mandibular condyle fractures in children using threaded Kirschner wire and external rubber traction.

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    Kim, J H; Nam, D H

    2015-10-01

    Most surgeons agree that closed treatment provides the best results for condylar fractures in children. Nevertheless, treatment of the paediatric mandibular condyle fracture that is severely displaced or dislocated is controversial. The purpose of this study was to investigate the long-term clinical and radiological outcomes following the treatment of displaced or dislocated condylar fractures in children using threaded Kirschner wire and external rubber traction. This procedure can strengthen the advantage of closed reduction and make up for the shortcomings of open reduction. From March 1, 2005 to December 25, 2011, 11 children aged between 4 and 12 years with displaced or dislocated mandibular condyle fractures were treated using threaded Kirschner wire and external rubber traction under portable C-arm fluoroscopy. All patients had unilateral displaced or dislocated condylar fractures. The follow-up period ranged from 24 to 42 months (mean 29.3 months). Normal occlusion and pain-free function of the temporomandibular joint, without deviation or limitation of jaw opening, was achieved in all patients. This closed reduction technique in displaced or dislocated condylar fractures in children offers a reliable solution in preventing the unfavourable sequelae of closed treatment and the open technique, such as altered morphology, functional disturbances, and facial nerve damage. PMID:26117724

  8. Normal skeletal development and imaging pitfalls of the calcaneal apophysis: MRI features

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    Rossi, Ignacio [Musculoskeletal Research Fellow at NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY (United States); Centro de Diagnostico Dr. Enrique Rossi, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Rosenberg, Zehava [NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY (United States); Zember, Jonathan [Albert Einstein College of Medicine Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, NY (United States)

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    Heel pain in children and secondary MR imaging (MRI) of the hindfoot have been increasing in incidence. Our purpose is to illustrate the, previously unreported, MRI stages in development of the posterior calcaneal apophysis, with attention to imaging pitfalls. This should aid in distinguishing normal growth from true disease. Consecutive ankle MRIs in children <18 years, from 2008-2014, were subdivided into 0≤5, 5≤10, 10≤15 and 15≤18 age groups and retrospectively reviewed for development of the calcaneal apophysis. 204 ankle MRI studies in 188 children were identified. 40 studies were excluded with final cohort of 164 studies in 154 patients (82 boys, 72 girls). The calcaneal apophysis was cartilaginous until age 5. Foci of decreased as well as increased signal were embedded in cartilage, prior to ossification. Early, secondary ossification centers appeared in plantar third of the apophysis in 100 % of children by age 7. Increased T2 signal in the ossifications was seen in 30 % of children. Apohyseal fusion began at 12 and was complete in 78 % of 14≤15 year olds and in 88 % of 15≤18 year olds. Curvilinear low signal in the ossification centers, paralleling, but distinguished from growth plate, and not be confused with fracture line, was common. Development of the posterior calcaneus follows a unique sequence. Apophyseal fusion occurs earlier than reported in the literature. Familiarity with this maturation pattern, in particular the apophyseal increased T2 signal and the linear low signal paralleling the growth plate, will avoid misinterpreting it for pathology. (orig.)

  9. Normal skeletal development and imaging pitfalls of the calcaneal apophysis: MRI features

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    Heel pain in children and secondary MR imaging (MRI) of the hindfoot have been increasing in incidence. Our purpose is to illustrate the, previously unreported, MRI stages in development of the posterior calcaneal apophysis, with attention to imaging pitfalls. This should aid in distinguishing normal growth from true disease. Consecutive ankle MRIs in children <18 years, from 2008-2014, were subdivided into 0≤5, 5≤10, 10≤15 and 15≤18 age groups and retrospectively reviewed for development of the calcaneal apophysis. 204 ankle MRI studies in 188 children were identified. 40 studies were excluded with final cohort of 164 studies in 154 patients (82 boys, 72 girls). The calcaneal apophysis was cartilaginous until age 5. Foci of decreased as well as increased signal were embedded in cartilage, prior to ossification. Early, secondary ossification centers appeared in plantar third of the apophysis in 100 % of children by age 7. Increased T2 signal in the ossifications was seen in 30 % of children. Apohyseal fusion began at 12 and was complete in 78 % of 14≤15 year olds and in 88 % of 15≤18 year olds. Curvilinear low signal in the ossification centers, paralleling, but distinguished from growth plate, and not be confused with fracture line, was common. Development of the posterior calcaneus follows a unique sequence. Apophyseal fusion occurs earlier than reported in the literature. Familiarity with this maturation pattern, in particular the apophyseal increased T2 signal and the linear low signal paralleling the growth plate, will avoid misinterpreting it for pathology. (orig.)

  10. Fractures of the calcaneum. A review of 70 patients

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    Paul, M.; Peter, Robin; Hoffmeyer, Pierre

    2004-01-01

    We have assessed the long-term results after operative and non-operative treatment of undisplaced and displaced calcaneal fractures. At a mean of 6.5 years, we reviewed 70 patients with a calcaneal fracture who were divided into four groups: group 1, 18 patients with undisplaced fractures and a normal Böhler's angle (BA) who had been treated non-operatively; group 2, 23 with intra-articular fractures and a BA < 10 degrees who had been treated non-operatively; group 3, 13 with intra-articular ...

  11. Functional and radiological results of open and closed treatment of intracapsular (diacapitular) condylar fractures of the mandible.

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    Hlawitschka, M; Loukota, R; Eckelt, U

    2005-09-01

    The study was performed to evaluate and compare the results of open and closed treatments of diacapitular fractures of the mandible. Following open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) 14 patients with 15 displaced condylar fractures, which had caused a shortening of the mandibular ramus, were examined clinically (Helkimo index), radiologically (Orthopantomogram, Clementschitsch [reversed Towne's] view, Submentovertex view) and axiographically (CARDIAX). These findings were compared to a group of 29 patients with 34 similar condylar fractures which had been treated using closed techniques. Following ORIF patients showed better radiological results with regard to the mandibular ramus height, resorption and pathological changes to the condyle, compared to the patient group after closed functional treatment. In both groups some signs of dysfunction persisted, although there were slightly better results in the ORIF group. In 30% of the closed treatment group, lateral deviation during mouth opening, crepitus and occlusal disturbances were noted. No cases of occlusal disturbance were observed in the ORIF group. The axiographic examinations revealed a significant limitation of movement of the fractured condyle in both groups. However, after open treatment, the temporomandibular joint displayed significantly less irregularities in the condylar paths. In cases of complex reconstruction of the mandibular condyle, ORIF appears to improve the function of fractured condyles, when combined with a postoperative therapeutic exercise regime. PMID:16053886

  12. Does Anticoagulant Medication Alter Fracture-Healing? A Morphological and Biomechanical Evaluation of the Possible Effects of Rivaroxaban and Enoxaparin Using a Rat Closed Fracture Model.

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    Prodinger, Peter Michael; Burgkart, Rainer; Kreutzer, Kilian; Liska, Franz; Pilge, Hakan; Schmitt, Andreas; Knödler, Martina; Holzapfel, Boris Michael; Hapfelmeier, Alexander; Tischer, Thomas; Bissinger, Oliver

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    Low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) is routinely used to prevent thromboembolism in orthopaedic surgery, especially in the treatment of fractures or after joint-replacement. Impairment of fracture-healing due to increased bone-desorption, delayed remodelling and lower calcification caused by direct osteoclast stimulation is a well-known side effect of unfractioned heparin. However, the effect of LMWH is unclear and controversial. Recent studies strongly suggest impairment of bone-healing in-vitro and in animal models, characterized by a significant decrease in volume and quality of new-formed callus. Since October 2008, Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) is available for prophylactic use in elective knee- and hip-arthroplasty. Recently, some evidence has been found indicating an in vitro dose independent reduction of osteoblast function after Rivaroxaban treatment. In this study, the possible influence of Rivaroxaban and Enoxaparin on bone-healing in vivo was studied using a standardized, closed rodent fracture-model. 70 male Wistar-rats were randomized to Rivaroxaban, Enoxaparin or control groups. After pinning the right femur, a closed, transverse fracture was produced. 21 days later, the animals were sacrificed and both femora harvested. Analysis was done by biomechanical testing (three-point bending) and micro CT. Both investigated substances showed histomorphometric alterations of the newly formed callus assessed by micro CT analysis. In detail the bone (callus) volume was enhanced (sign. for Rivaroxaban) and the density reduced. The bone mineral content was enhanced accordingly (sign. for Rivaroxaban). Trabecular thickness was reduced (sign. for Rivaroxaban). Furthermore, both drugs showed significant enlarged bone (callus) surface and degree of anisotropy. In contrast, the biomechanical properties of the treated bones were equal to controls. To summarize, the morphological alterations of the fracture-callus did not result in functionally relevant deficits. PMID:27455072

  13. Psychological-behavioral characteristics and fractures in children are closely related.

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    Zheng, Pengfei; Ju, Li; Ma, Xiaoming; Lou, Yue

    2014-11-01

    This work aimed to study the relationship between psychological-behavioral characteristics and fractures in children to provide a basis for development of preventive strategies. The study included 84 children hospitalized for fractures (fracture group) and 78 children without fractures (control group). The following questionnaires were utilized: temperament questionnaire, Eysenck Personality Questionnaire, and the Achenbach Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL). There were more children with problem behaviors in the fracture group than in the control group (PChild Behavior Checklist, the average score for boys and/or girls was higher in the fracture group than the control group in 4-5-year and/or 6-11-year olds. In addition, in 6-11-year olds, boys in the fracture group had higher scores for restlessness, aggression, and violation of discipline and girls in the fracture group had higher scores for aggression and depression than those in the control group (Pbehavioral problems. Psychological intervention measures could be adopted to reduce the occurrence of fractures in children. PMID:25171566

  14. A COMPARATIVE STU DY BETWEEN “CLOSED REDUCTION, CAST IMMOBILISATION “AND “CLOSED REDUCTION, PERCUTANEOUS K - WIRE FIXATION, CAST IMMOBILISATION” IN DISTAL RADIUS FRACTURES

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    Subramaniam

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND DATA: D istal radius fracture is a common fracture encountered by an orthopaedic surgeon. V arious treatment modalities exist for the same. K - wire fixation being one among them. T he traditional closed reduction and cast immobilization also provides fair results. H e nce the need to know which among the two provides cost effective treatment for the patient. MATERIALS AND METHODS: prospective study done between the periods J uly 2005 to J une 2007. D orsally displaced distal radius fractures with or without intra articular involvement were included in the study. 42 patients were involved in the study. T hey were randomly divided into two groups of 21 each. C losed reduction and below elbow immobilization were done in 21 patients, and closed reduction, percutaneous k - wire fixa tion were done in another 21 patients. 6 patients were lost to follow up in both the groups. Parameters assessed at the end of one year are - clinical: pain, any evidence for pin tract infection, evidence for nerve lesion, evidence of reflex sympathetic dystrophy, evidence of tendon rupture, mobility of wrist joint – palmar flexion, dorsiflexion, pronation, supination, grip strength assessment using jamar dynamometer. RADIOLOGICAL: dorsal angle of radius and radial shortening were assessed. RESULTS: statistical analysis was computed using mean and standard deviation, between the two groups. ‘t’ test was used to compare the mean values. p<0.05 was considered statistically significant. C losed reduction, percutaneous k - wire fixation showed statistically significant value p<0.05 with postoperative grip strength. I ntra articular fractures showed significantly higher mean pain scale score compared to extra articular freactues. E xtra articular fractures showed significantly higher mean values in range of motion – palmar flexion, dorsiflexion, rotations and in grip strength. CONCLUSION: C losed reduction and percu tnaeus k - wire fix ation showed superior

  15. Repeated Stress Fractures in an Amenorrheic Marathoner: A Case Conference.

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    Sutton, John R.; Nilson, Karen L.

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    Presents a case conference by 2 experts on the relationship between a 26-year-old marathoner's amenorrhea and her sustained unusual stress fractures in 4 ribs (plus previous similar fractures of the calcaneal, navicular, metatarsal, and tibial bones). The experts conclude that she suffers many manifestations of overtraining. (SM)

  16. A STUDY OF CLOSED INTERLOCKING NAILING FOR FRACTURES OF SHAFT OF FEMUR IN ADULTS

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND:-This study is to determine the clinical course and results after interlocking nailing for femoral shaft fractures , merits and demerits of interlocking nailing, achieving the final goals of femoral shaft fracture management with special references to time for radiological union, knee stiffness, limb length discrepancy, ambulation and return to work. Femur is the strongest and heaviest bone in the human skeleton. It is also the longest bone contributing 26% to height of an individual. Fractures of the shaft of the femur are among the most common fractures encountered in orthopaedic practice, can cause prolong morbidity and extensive disability unless treatment is appropriate. Many treatment modalities were described; with many surgeons advocating different methods of treatment .At present Interlocking nailing of the femur seems to be the ideal method of treatment for complex femoral fractures.

  17. Current Concepts in the Mandibular Condyle Fracture Management Part II: Open Reduction Versus Closed Reduction

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available In the treatment of mandibular condyle fracture, conservative treatment using closedreduction or surgical treatment using open reduction can be used. Management of mandibularcondylar fractures remains a source of ongoing controversy in oral and maxillofacial trauma.For each type of condylar fracture,the treatment method must be chosen taking intoconsideration the presence of teeth, fracture height, patient’sadaptation, patient’s masticatorysystem, disturbance of occlusal function, and deviation of the mandible. In the past, closedreduction with concomitant active physical therapy conducted after intermaxillary fixationduring the recovery period had been mainly used, but in recent years, open treatment ofcondylar fractures with rigid internal fixation has become more common. The objectiveof this review was to evaluate the main variables that determine the choice of an open orclosed method for treatment of condylar fractures, identifying their indications, advantages,and disadvantages, and to appraise the current evidence regarding the effectiveness ofinterventions that are used in the management of fractures of the mandibular condyle.

  18. Closed pelvic fractures: characteristics and outcomes in older patients admitted to medical and geriatric wards

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    OBJECTIVE—To investigate the characteristics and outcomes of older patients with pelvic fracture admitted to medical and geriatric wards.
METHODS—All patients admitted to medical and geriatric wards with a pelvic fracture over a four year period were identified using the hospital clinical coding database. Data were collected from casenotes, hospital and Family Health Services Authority databases. Where available, pelvic radiographs were graded according to the Singh index.
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  19. Estimation of fracture lengths and conductivities using closely-spaced well tests

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    The modern theory of fracture hydrology combines the flow methods of porous-continuum hydrogeology with the descriptive geometry of structural geology and geological engineering. Many studies make the implicit assumption that the geometry of fractures observed in borehole and outcrops is the same as the geometry of the hydraulic conduits. This paper discusses hydraulic methods of obtaining information on conduit geometry. We present two approaches, one using a detailed analysis of transient-flow, constant-head well test data to discern hydraulic boundaries and flow dimension. The other uses the statistics of transmissivity values in fixed-interval-length (FIL) well tests. Detailed analyses of well test data from boreholes in the Site Characterization and Validation program show a variety of flow dimensions from linear to spherical. Early-time data reflect the properties of the fracture or fractures intersecting the well, and commonly exhibit linear-to-radial flow. Late-time data indicate higher dimension, radial-to-spherical flow associated with the fracture network. Hydraulic boundaries occur between 0.3 and 150 meters from the source borehole. This paper also presents the results of a maximum likelihood method for analyzing FIL test from the N and W boreholes to determine the conduit spacing using a Poisson-distribution and single fracture (or conduit) transmissivities assuming a gamma distribution

  20. Fractures

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    ... commonly happen because of car accidents, falls, or sports injuries. Other causes are low bone density and osteoporosis, which cause weakening of the bones. Overuse can cause stress fractures, which are very small cracks in the ...

  1. SURGICAL MANAGEMENT OF CLOSED FRACTURES OF DISTAL END OF FEMUR OR PROXIMAL END OF TIBIA USING LOCKING COMPRESSION PLATE : A PROSPECTIVE STUDY

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    Shiva Naik

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Fractures around knee are one of the commonest fractures encountered in high velocity trauma which are associated with high morbidity and mortality. Isolated fracture can itself lead to complications such as ARDS and pulmonary embolism. This necessitates early stablization of fractures . Internal fixation is the choice of treatment in fractures around knee a nd locking compression plate has shown to give one of the best results in terms of recovery, fracture union, return to work and the functional outcome. OBJECTIVES : To study the functional results of fracture lower end of femur or upper end of tibia treated by closed/open reduction and internal fixation with locking compression plate. DESIGN: A prospective study. SETTING: At Vims Government Hospital Bellary. METHODS: 20 cases of fracture around knee (10 cases with fracture lower end of femur and 10 cases wit h fracture upper end of tibia were treated by closed/open reduction and internal fixation by locking compression plate between 1 - 07 - 2007 &31 - 07 - 2009 at our institution. The patients were evaluated clinically and radiologically for outcomes. All patients w ere followed up for an average of 12 months. Out - come was assessed using NEER'S Score. RESULTS: 19 fractures healed within an average duration of 13 to 16 weeks following surgery. There was nonunion with implant failure in 1 case ( T ibal fracture - schatzker V, which was treated with second surgery using LRS and bone grafting. There was no instance of deep infection. Range of motion of knee & Hip was excellent to very good. Gait and weight bearing after complete union was satisfactory. CONCLUSION: C losed/open reduction and internal fixation of fracture lower end of femur or upper end of tibia using locking compression plate is one of the modalities of treatment especially in intraarticular fractures where the maintenance of articular congruity is crucial. Fixa tion with locking compression plate showed more

  2. Plantar calcaneal spurs in older people: longitudinal traction or vertical compression?

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    Landorf Karl B

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Plantar calcaneal spurs are common, however their pathophysiology is poorly understood. This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence and correlates of plantar calcaneal spurs in a large sample of older people. Methods Weightbearing lateral foot radiographs of 216 people (140 women and 76 men aged 62 to 94 years (mean age 75.9, SD 6.6 were examined for plantar calcaneal and Achilles tendon spurs. Associations between the presence of spurs and sex, body mass index, radiographic measures of foot posture, self-reported co-morbidities and current or previous heel pain were then explored. Results Of the 216 participants, 119 (55% had at least one plantar calcaneal spur and 103 (48% had at least one Achilles tendon spur. Those with plantar calcaneal spurs were more likely to have Achilles tendon spurs (odds ratio [OR] = 2.0, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.2 to 3.5. Prevalence of spurs did not differ according to sex. Participants with plantar calcaneal spurs were more likely to be obese (OR = 7.9, 95% CI 3.6 to 17.0, report osteoarthritis (OR = 2.6, 95% CI 1.6 to 4.8 and have current or previous heel pain (OR = 4.6, 95% CI 2.3 to 9.4. No relationship was found between the presence of calcaneal spurs and radiographic measures of foot posture. Conclusion Calcaneal spurs are common in older men and women and are related to obesity, osteoarthritis and current or previous heel pain, but are unrelated to radiographic measurements of foot posture. These findings support the theory that plantar calcaneal spurs may be an adaptive response to vertical compression of the heel rather than longitudinal traction at the calcaneal enthesis.

  3. A Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical modeling of fracture opening and closing due heat extraction from geothermal reservoir

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    Nand Pandey, Sachchida; Chaudhuri, Abhijit; Kelkar, Sharad

    2015-04-01

    -water injection. The initial fracture aperture was taken 1mm. The Young's modulus of rock matrix and joint stiffness were taken as 15GPa and 15GPa/m respectively. Our results show that the contraction of rock due to cooling causes the opening of the fracture near injection well. However in some regions where temperature drop is insignificant the compressive stress develops and fracture closes. As the heat extraction continues with time, further contraction of rock causes more aperture growth between the wells. For the above-mentioned computational domain, due to cold-water (20 °C) at mass flow rate 4kg/s, the aperture in the vicinity of the injection well increases by 75%. Our simulation for joint stiffness equal to 50GPa/m, show that the magnitudes of normal tensile and compressive stresses in the fracture/joint are almost same but the aperture alteration is proportionally reduced. Since the joint stiffness is a nonlinear function of opening, it is important to include a suitable nonlinear model for joint opening/closing while simulating the fracture transmissivity alter during heat extraction.

  4. The conundrum of calcaneal spurs: do they matter?

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    Moroney, Paul J

    2013-12-30

    Background: Chronic plantar heel pain is a common and potentially debilitating condition, often caused by plantar fasciitis. Plantar calcaneal spurs were originally considered the cause of plantar fasciitis but are now regarded as an incidental finding by most authors. We aimed to test this hypothesis and to investigate predisposing factors for the development of spurs. Methods: We reviewed all lateral ankle X rays taken in our institution over a 6-month period and identified all X rays demonstrating calcaneal spurs. Then, we identified a similar number of age- and sex-matched controls without spurs. We contacted both groups by telephone and compared symptoms of heel pain, plantar fasciitis, associated comorbidities, and foot and ankle outcome scores (FAOSs). Results: We reviewed the X rays of 1103 consecutive patients and found a spur prevalence of 12.4%, more common in women and older patients. Questioning of the spur group and control group found a higher body mass index in the spur group. Patients with spurs were 4 times more likely to have diabetes mellitus and 10 times more likely to have lower-limb osteoarthritis. Patients with spurs had more foot pain and poorer FAOS than the control group, even when patients with plantar fasciitis were excluded. Conclusion: Our results demonstrate that the presence of a plantar calcaneal spur may be an indicator of foot pain independent of plantar fasciitis. Although spurs may not cause foot pain themselves, they may be an indication of other associated conditions. Clinical relevance: We have demonstrated the relevance of a radiographic finding once considered irrelevant.

  5. PERCUTANEOUS BIPLANAR EXTERNAL FIXATOR METHOD FOR TREATMENT OF CALCONEAL FRACTURES

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    Jagadeesh Kumar

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Calcaneal fracture, the most common tarsal bone fracture, occurs predominantly in manual labors and subsequently has got considerable socioeconomic implications. Treatment modality which can offer early weight bearing and early return to work is therefore needed for those patient s. We have used a biplanar percutaneous external fixator for treating calcaneal fractures per operative visualization of the fractures. We have treated 20 calcaneal fractures in 18 patients, 12 intra articular and five extra articular, with our percutaneou s external fixator system with under image intensifier and achieving the fracture reduction. Functional outcome was measured using the American Orthopaedic Foot and ankle society Hind foot score. All fractures united with a mean of 55 days. Partial weight bearing was possible in a mean of 1.8 days and full bearing was possible in a mean of 11.6 days. All the patients were returned to their original work within six weeks. Minor infectious complications occurred in 17.6 percent of cases. The average AOFAS sco re at six months follow up was 83.8. We conclude that our percutaneous external fixator technique for fracture calcaneum is an effective alternative to the currently available – surgical and conservative treatment modalities especially in lower socio econo mic labor population who need to return to their job as early as possible. Level of Evidence – IV Case series

  6. Stress Fracture of the Sacrum.

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    Hearn, Darren W; Humphrey, David W

    2015-11-01

    A physical therapist evaluated a 25-year-old male military trainee, who reported 1 week of left hip pain exacerbated by running and sitting cross-legged. At follow-up, the patient reported unchanged hip pain and new left knee pain. Due to potential for multifocal stress injuries outside the visual field of a single MRI, bone scan and single-photon emission computerized tomography were chosen as imaging modalities. Imaging revealed a nondisplaced lateral left-sided sacral stress fracture and left calcaneal stress fracture. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2015;45(11):965. doi:10.2519/jospt.2015.0411. PMID:27136290

  7. Calcaneal Quantitative Ultrasound Indicates Reduced Bone Status Among Physically Active Adult Forager-Horticulturalists.

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    Stieglitz, Jonathan; Madimenos, Felicia; Kaplan, Hillard; Gurven, Michael

    2016-03-01

    Sedentary lifestyle contributes to osteoporosis and fragility fracture risks among modern humans, but whether such risks are prevalent in physically active preindustrial societies with lower life expectancies is unclear. Osteoporosis should be readily observable in preindustrial societies if it was regularly experienced over human history. In this study of 142 older adult Tsimane forager-horticulturalists (mean age ± SD, 62.1 ± 8.6 years; range, 50 to 85 years; 51% female) we used calcaneal quantitative ultrasonography (qUS) to assess bone status, document prevalence of adults with reduced bone status, and identify factors (demographic, anthropometric, immunological, kinesthetic) associated with reduced bone status. Men (23%) are as likely as women (25%) to have reduced bone status, although age-related decline in qUS parameters is attenuated for men. Adiposity and fat-free mass positively co-vary with qUS parameters for women but not men. Leukocyte count is inversely associated with qUS parameters controlling for potential confounders; leukocyte count is positively correlated within adults over time, and adults with persistently low counts have higher adjusted qUS parameters (6% to 8%) than adults with a high count. Reduced bone status characteristic of osteoporosis is common among active Tsimane with minimal exposure to osteoporosis risk factors found in industrialized societies, but with energetic constraints and high pathogen burden. © 2015 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. PMID:26460548

  8. [Dislocated intra-articular calcaneus fractures. Long-term follow-up after open reposition and osteosynthesis].

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    Funk, E M; Wiedemann, M; Bickel, R; Rüter, A

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    A series of 98 patients with a total of 105 intra-articular fractures of the os calcis were operated on during a 10-year period between 1983 and 1992. We were able to follow up 60 patients with 64 fractures an average of 44 months (range, 18-105 months) postoperatively. At the time of follow up, 83.9% of patients had been back to work, 78.6% with the same employer as before. Five of the patients followed up had had to retire from work; each of these had one or more severe coexisting injuries. A compromising nerve injury occurred postoperatively in 3 out of 58 patients with closed fractures, in all cases following surgery with a medial or bilateral approach. In only 1 of the 58 patients followed up after closed fractures did a deep infection requiring arthrodesis occur. One patient had sympathetic reflex dystrophy (Sudeck). A good functional result in the lower ankle joint correlated with a good outcome. In contrast, postoperative improvement of the tuber angle and the degree of arthrosis seen radiographically did not. We conclude that operative repair of intraarticular calcaneal fractures is a procedure that can safely be procedure used to restore the ability to work in the majority of patients. The medial approach should preferably not be used, nor should the metal be extracted from the medial approach if this can be avoided. PMID:7502082

  9. Emergency closed reduction of a c4/5 fracture dislocation with complete paraplegia resulting in profound neurologic recovery.

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    Müller, Christian W; Decker, Sebastian; Thietje, Roland; Krettek, Christian

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    Introduction. Cervical spinal cord injuries due to traumatic fractures are associated with persistent neurological deficits. Although clinical evidence is weak, early decompression, defined as cervical fracture dislocations with compression of the spinal cord. PMID:24151573

  10. Outcome after open reduction and internal fixation of intraarticular fractures of the calcaneum without the use of bone grafts

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    Pendse Aniruddha; Daveshwar R; Bhatt Jay; Shivkumar

    2006-01-01

    Background: Intraarticular fractures of calcaneum are commenest type of calcaneal fractures. Lots of controversies exist about the ideal management for them. The focus is now shifting on operative management by open reduction and internal fixation for these fractures with or without the use of bone grafts. Method: Thirty intraarticular fractures classified by Essex Lopresti radiological classification, were treated by open reduction and fixation. The patients were followed over a mean peri...

  11. Increased mast cell numbers in a calcaneal tendon overuse model

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    Pingel, Jessica; Wienecke, Jacob; Kongsgaard Madsen, Mads;

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    Tendinopathy is often discovered late because the initial development of tendon pathology is asymptomatic. The aim of this study was to examine the potential role of mast cell involvement in early tendinopathy using a high-intensity uphill running (HIUR) exercise model. Twenty-four male Wistar rats...... were divided in two groups: running group (n = 12); sedentary control group (n = 12). The running-group was exposed to the HIUR exercise protocol for 7 weeks. The calcaneal tendons of both hind limbs were dissected. The right tendon was used for histologic analysis using Bonar score......, immunohistochemistry, and second harmonic generation microscopy (SHGM). The left tendon was used for quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) analysis. An increased tendon cell density in the runners were observed compared to the controls (P = 0.05). Further, the intensity of immunostaining of protein kinase B, P...

  12. Pediatric and adolescent intra-articular fractures of the calcaneus

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    Marcel Dudda

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Calcaneal fractures in childhood are very rare, whereas particularly intra-articular displaced fractures are not typical in skeletally immature children. Various techniques of osteosynthesis have been described. This study aimed to determine clinical and radiological outcome after surgical treatment of intra-articular calcaneal fractures. Fourteen intra-articular fractures of the calcaneus were included in this retrospective study. Eleven children (2 girls and 9 boys aged 6-16 years (average age 11.5 years underwent surgical treatment. One child sustained a Type II open fracture of both calcanei. All injuries occurred after a high-energy trauma; 3 patients had multiple additional fractures. The clinical and radiological postoperative follow up was an average 44 months. In 4 cases, a reduction through a minimally invasive approach and fixation with K-wires or screws could be achieved. Eleven fractures were treated with open reduction and internal fixation with plate osteosynthesis, K-wires or screws. In one case with open fractures of both heel bones, an additional external fixator was applied. The surgical treatment approach adopted enabled the pre-operative Boehler’s angle (average 16° to be improved to an average 30°. In all cases, except for the patient with open fractures, a good functional result and outcome could be achieved. In calcaneal fractures in childhood, anatomical reduction is the determining factor, as in fractures in adults, whereas the surgical technique seems to have no influence on clinical outcome in children. The wound healing problems that have often been described were not observed in this age group.

  13. Avulsion fractures of tibial tributary's in adolescents: Treatment with closed reduction and percutaneous screwing, using MRI to identify combined intraarticular lesions

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    Avulsion fracture of the tibial tuberosity is an uncommon lesion generally seen in adolescents. Intra-articular lesions combined with a tibial tuberosity fracture reported in the literature are; 3 patellar tendon ruptures, 2 anterior cruciate ligament tears, 2 medial collateral ligament tears, 2 medial meniscus tears, one arcuate ligament tear, and one lateral meniscus tear. In our study, both cases sustained an avulsion fracture of the tibial tuberosity. Preoperative MRI in one case revealed posterior cruciate ligament rupture. Under the image intensifier, we treated both patients by closed reduction and percutaneous screwing with 2 cancellous screws. Radiographic assessment showed complete healing of the avulsion fractures in both cases. Both of our patients gained previous levels of daily and sporting activity prior to the injury, and were completely asymptomatic. Our objective in reporting this case study is to point to the fact that there is no previous reporting of the avulsion fracture of the tibial tuberosity accompanied by posterior cruciate ligament rupture in the literature and to evaluate the findings of the minimal invasive treatment method we applied to both cases. (author)

  14. Plantar fasciitis and calcaneal spur formation are associated with abductor digiti minimi atrophy on MRI of the foot

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    Chundru, Usha [Maimonides Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Brooklyn, NY (United States); Liebeskind, Amy; Beltran, Javier [Maimonides Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Brooklyn, NY (United States); Beachwood, Franklin and Seidelmann Subspecialty Radiology, Beachwood, OH (United States); Seidelmann, Frank; Franklin, Peter [Beachwood, Franklin and Seidelmann Subspecialty Radiology, Beachwood, OH (United States); Fogel, Joshua [Maimonides Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Brooklyn, NY (United States); Brooklyn College, Department of Economics, Brooklyn, NY (United States)

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    To determine the association of atrophy of the abductor digiti minimi muscle (ADMA), an MRI manifestation of chronic compression of the inferior calcaneal nerve suggesting the clinical diagnosis of Baxter's neuropathy, with MRI markers of potential etiologies, including calcaneal spur formation, plantar fasciitis, calcaneal edema, Achilles tendinosis and posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD). Prevalence of calcaneal spur formation, plantar fasciitis, calcaneal edema, Achilles tendinosis and PTTD was assessed retrospectively on 100 MRI studies with ADMA and 100 MRI studies without ADMA. Patients ranged in age from 10-92 years. Pearson chi-square analyses and Fisher's exact test were used to compare prevalence of the above findings in patients with and without ADMA. Logistic regression was used to determine which variables were significantly associated with ADMA. Among patients with ADMA, there was significantly greater age (57.2 years vs 40.8 years, p < 0.001), presence of Achilles tendinosis (22.0% vs 3.0%, P<0.001), calcaneal edema (15.0% vs 3.0%, P = 0.005), calcaneal spur (48.0% vs 7.0%, P < 0.001), plantar fasciitis (52.5% vs 11.0%, P<0.001), and PTTD (32.0% vs 11.0%, P<0.001). After multivariate logistic regression analysis, only age [odds ratio (OR) 1.06, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.03, 1.09], calcaneal spur (OR 3.60, 95% CI 1.28, 10.17), and plantar fasciitis (OR 3.35, 95% CI 1.31, 8.56) remained significant. Advancing age, calcaneal spur, and plantar fasciitis are significantly associated with ADMA. Their high odds ratios support the notion of a possible etiologic role for calcaneal spur and plantar fasciitis in the progression to Baxter's neuropathy. (orig.)

  15. Success Rate and Complications of Comminuted Intra-Articular Distal Radius Fracture Treatment via Closed Reduction and Use of a Mini-External Fixator

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    Karimi Nasab

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Background Intra-articular fracture of the distal radius is extremely common; however, the management of this fracture is controversial. Objectives With regard to the importance of intra-articular fracture of the distal radius and the best treatment method for the fracture, we sought to assess the success rate following the treatment of comminuted intra-articular fractures of the distal radius via closed reduction and use of a mini-external fixator. Patients and Methods This longitudinal retrospective study was undertaken at our department of orthopedics via assessment of radiographs and patient files of those referred from 2006 to 2013. Radiographic criteria included the degree of angulation and shortening of the radius. Data were analyzed using SPSS 18 software and were presented as mean ± standard deviation (SD. The significance level was set at P ≤ 0.05. Results Overall, ≥ 2 mm shortening of the radius was seen in 28% of the patients, 53% had 2 - 5 mm radial shortening and 19% of the patients had more than 5 mm shortening of the radius. Most of the participants had acceptable outcomes. The mean angulation was 6.28 ± 2.85 degrees and the mean shortening was 3.92 ± 2.22. Thirty-nine percent of the patients had an angulation of less than 5 mm, 56% and 5% had an angulation of 5 - 10 mm and more than 10 mm, respectively. Conclusions The results of our study showed that the mini-external fixator is a good and effective treatment option for obtaining radial length, angulation and bony union in intra-articular fractures of the distal radius.

  16. Tensile properties of fresh human calcaneal (Achilles) tendons.

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    Louis-Ugbo, John; Leeson, Benjamin; Hutton, William C

    2004-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to measure the tensile properties of fresh human calcaneal (Achilles) tendons. Twenty fresh cadaveric (age range = 57-93 years) bone-Achilles tendon complexes were harvested within 24 hr postmortem. The calcaneus together with 15 cm of the Achilles tendon extending proximally from the insertion on the calcaneus was clamped and biomechanically tested. Each tendon was firmly fixed in clamps in an MTS Systems Corporation MTS testing machine and tension was applied at a displacement rate of 8 cm per minute until the tendon failed. The tensile force and tensile strain (as measured using an extensometer) were recorded and plotted using onboard software. The narrow age range of our donors prevented any meaningful correlation between age and tensile properties; however, the results showed that: 1) the average ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of the human Achilles tendon was 1189 N (range = 360-1,965), 2) there was a correlation between left and right legs for UTS, 3) there was a correlation between left and right legs in regard to cross sectional area, and 4) there was no correlation between UTS and cross-sectional area. PMID:14695585

  17. Treatment of the calcaneal spur with infrared laser

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    The treatment with low power laser offers a beneficial and regenerating effect over nervous, muscular and skeletal tissues, soft tissues, and skin. This therapy has been used for more than three decades, based on the properties and effects of lasers in almost all medical specialties, due to it constitutes a novel, painless, non invasive, and easy to apply, in addition to the absence of any risk for patient and to have very good clinical results. Knowing the biological effects of the low power laser therapy (analgesic, anti-inflammatory, an tissue regenerator), we were dedicated to investigate the analgesic effect achieved with the application of infrared laser radiation in patients that suffering form calcaneal spur, who attended to the Natural and Traditional Medical Service of the clinic '30 de november', from January 2005 to January 2008. The whole of patients was 62, and the sample included 52 individuals from different sexes, races, and ages between 20 and 80 years, excluding pregnant women and neoplasia patients. Pain relief was achieved since second session of treatment, with 61,5 % of cases cured and 38,5 % improved, no one was worse, neither keep the same initial symptoms. (Author)

  18. MRI diagnosis of trapped periosteum following incomplete closed reduction of distal tibial Salter-Harris II fracture

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    Raman, Subha [University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Radiology, Worcester, MA (United States); Wallace, E.C. [University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Radiology, Worcester, MA (United States); UMass Memorial Medical Center, Division of Pediatric Radiology, Worcester, MA (United States)

    2011-12-15

    Irreducible fracture of the distal tibial physis due to interposed soft tissue including periosteum is well documented in the orthopedic literature but is uncommon. This condition has been associated with subsequent growth disturbance and requires open reduction. There are very few prior reports of MRI depiction of soft tissue interposition and none of periosteal interposition in the distal tibial physis. This is a relatively common location of physeal injury and related growth disturbance. We present a case of periosteum trapped in the distal tibial physis, diagnosed on MRI, in a Salter-Harris II fracture and its management implications. (orig.)

  19. MRI diagnosis of trapped periosteum following incomplete closed reduction of distal tibial Salter-Harris II fracture

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    Irreducible fracture of the distal tibial physis due to interposed soft tissue including periosteum is well documented in the orthopedic literature but is uncommon. This condition has been associated with subsequent growth disturbance and requires open reduction. There are very few prior reports of MRI depiction of soft tissue interposition and none of periosteal interposition in the distal tibial physis. This is a relatively common location of physeal injury and related growth disturbance. We present a case of periosteum trapped in the distal tibial physis, diagnosed on MRI, in a Salter-Harris II fracture and its management implications. (orig.)

  20. Closed Medial Malleolar Multifragment Fracture With a Posterior Tibialis Tendon Rupture: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.

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    Formica, Matteo; Santolini, Federico; Alessio-Mazzola, Mattia; Repetto, Ilaria; Andretta, Angelo; Stella, Marco

    2016-01-01

    Ankle fractures represent an exciting field of traumatology because of the wide variety of clinical presentations, injury mechanisms, and treatment options. Rupture of the posterior tibialis tendon (PTT) with ankle fracture can occur during trauma that involves pronation and external rotation of the foot or, less commonly, secondary to direct trauma to the ankle. This tendon injury is uncommon and probably misdiagnosed in many cases, because of the difficult clinical examination secondary to the pain and swelling. The identification and early treatment of PTT tears is essential for good functional outcomes to prevent the main mid- to long-term complication of disabling acquired flatfoot due to tendon failure. In the present report, we provide a review of the published data regarding ankle fractures associated with PTT rupture and describe our experience with a case of a multifragment medial malleolus fracture and complete rupture of the PTT diagnosed intraoperatively and surgically treated in a 34-year-old male, with 2.5 years of follow-up. PMID:25977150

  1. 髌骨骨折关节镜下闭合复位内固定术后的康复训练%Rehabilitation exercises after closed reduction internal fixation of fracture of patella under arthroscope

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    朴成哲; 李培; 阿良; 王敏

    2003-01-01

    @@ INTRODUCTION Closed reduction internal fixation under arthroscope is performed from August, 2000 to April, 2001 and advanced domestic and foreign rehabilitation programs are combined to treat fracture of patella comprehensively, satisfying effects are achieved.

  2. Hip and fragility fracture prediction by 4-item clinical risk score and mobile heel BMD: a women cohort study

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    Thulesius Hans

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background One in four Swedish women suffers a hip fracture yielding high morbidity and mortality. We wanted to revalidate a 4-item clinical risk score and evaluate a portable heel bone mineral density (BMD technique regarding hip and fragility fracture risk among elderly women. Methods In a population-based prospective cohort study we used clinical risk factors from a baseline questionnaire and heel BMD to predict a two-year hip and fragility fracture outcome for women, in a fracture preventive program. Calcaneal heel BMD was measured by portable dual X-ray laser absorptiometry (DXL and compared to hip BMD, measured with stationary dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA technique. Results Seven women suffered hip fracture and 14 women fragility fracture/s (at hip, radius, humerus and pelvis among 285 women; 60% having heel BMD ≤ -2.5 SD. The 4-item FRAMO (Fracture and Mortality Index combined the clinical risk factors age ≥80 years, weight Conclusions In a follow-up study we identified high risk groups for hip and fragility fracture with our plain 4-item risk model. Increased fracture risk was also related to decreasing heel BMD in calcaneal bone, measured with a mobile DXL technique. A combination of high FRAMO Index, prior fragility fracture, and very low BMD restricted the high risk group to 11%, among whom most hip fractures occurred (71%. These practical screening methods could eventually reduce hip fracture incidence by concentrating preventive resources to high fracture risk women.

  3. Fatigue Fracture of the Calcaneus: From Early Diagnosis to Treatment: A Case Report of a Triathlon Athlete.

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    Serrano, Simão; Figueiredo, Pedro; Páscoa Pinheiro, João

    2016-06-01

    Stress fractures are frequently underdiagnosed and undertreated despite being common in sports. Early diagnosis is crucial; therefore, a high index of clinical suspicion is required. Complementary examinations are essential for diagnosis and follow-up. The authors report a clinical case of a young adult triathlon athlete referring mechanical pain in the rear left foot, with 2 weeks' progression. An earlier increase in daily training intensity was recorded. Complementary examinations confirmed a calcaneal fatigue fracture. Immobilization and no weight bearing were introduced for an initial period of 4 weeks, and the rehabilitation process was started. Progressive weight bearing was introduced between fourth and eighth weeks. Sports activity started at the 12th week. Boundaries to sports activity were eliminated by the 24th week, without pain or functional limitation. Repetitive overload to the heel and intense axial weight bearing in association to repetitive concentric/eccentric gastrocnemius contraction are related to calcaneal stress fracture, the second most common stress fracture in the foot. Calcaneal stress fractures can be adequately treated with activity modification, without casting or surgical intervention. When in the presence of bilateral stress fractures, metabolic and nutritional issues must be considered. The case report highlights the importance of sports medicine examination for detecting intrinsic and extrinsic fatigue fracture risk factors. PMID:26945212

  4. Do we really need radiographic assessment for the diagnosis of non-specific heel pain (calcaneal apophysitis) in children?

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    Kose, Ozkan [Diyarbakir Education and Research Hospital, Orthopaedics and Traumatology Clinic, Diyarbakir (Turkey); Diclekent Bulvari, Ataslar Serhat Evleri, Diyarbakir (Turkey)

    2010-04-15

    Non-specific heel pain (calcaneal apophysitis) is a common disorder, particularly in physically active growing children. Foot radiographs are usually obtained as part of the clinical evaluation in routine orthopaedic practice. However, there is still controversy about the specific findings on radiographs, and it is unclear what information is present on radiographs that may alter the diagnosis and management. The purpose of this study was to review a consecutive series of patients with the diagnosis of calcaneal apophysitis to assess the yield of routine radiographs of the foot. A prospective study was performed on 61 consecutive patients with a diagnosis of calcaneal apophysitis in a single-surgeon practice. Standard anteroposterior and lateral weight-bearing foot radiographs were obtained for each patient. Seventy-one sets of foot radiographs were reviewed to determine whether radiographs had an impact on diagnosis and management. Patients with antecedent trauma, penetrating injury, foot deformity, achilles tendonitis, bursitis and infections were excluded from the study. Seventy foot radiographs were considered to be normal. The radiographs changed the diagnosis in only one patient, in whom a simple bone cyst of the calcaneous was seen. Calcaneal apophysitis is a self-limiting disease, and patients can be treated conservatively. Neither the sclerosis nor the fragmentation of the apophysis could be used to establish the diagnosis of calcaneal apophysitis. Therefore, obtaining radiographs as an initial step in their evaluation does not seem to be justified. (orig.)

  5. A Study of Incidence of calcaneal spurs in North Indian population: A dry bone study

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    G. S. Ghindha

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The calcaneal spurs are the most common cause of pain in heel. The pain appears when patient stands on the foot for walking and pain disappears when patient walks some distance. The most common causes of spur formation is chronic fasciitis, wears and tears of ligaments and fascia present in the sole of foot. When the fasciitis heals, during the healing process the calcification of fascia or ligaments takes place, which results into the spur formation. The present study has been conducted on 325 dry human calcanei, irrespective of their sex, in the Department of Anatomy of M. M. Medical College and Hospital, Kumarhatti, District Solan (Himachal Pradesh. The objective of this study is to assess the rate of incidence of the presence of spurs in the calcanei and their types present in these calcanei. The photographs of all types of calcaneal spurs are taken and recorded and the study is compared with the standard literature and previous studies done by other authors. Out of 325 calcanei, 150 (35.38 % cases are having inferior, posterior calcaneal spurs. In 28 (8.62 % cases both types of spurs have been found. Other calcanei are having either inferior or posterior calcaneal spurs. The inferior spurs are more common on right and left side i.e out of 325 cases 75 (23.08 % cases, and posterior spurs found in 40 (12,31 % cases, respectively. In 2 (0.61 % cases a scale type of spurs was present which was attached in the middle of the inferior surface of the calcanei and their anterior ends are free, sharp and pointing forwards. These observations are definitely helpful to the orthopedician, traumatologist and surgeons in their diagnosis and treatment.

  6. Calcaneal Osteomyelitis due to Non-tuberculous Mycobacteria: A Case Report

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    Yi, Tae-Im; Choe, Yeo-Reum; Kim, Joo-Sup; Kwon, Kye-Won

    2016-01-01

    Osteomyelitis is a bone infection caused by bacteria or other germs. Gram-positive cocci are the most common etiological organisms of calcaneal osteomyelitis; whereas, non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are rarely documented. We reported a case of NTM calcaneal osteomyelitis in a 51-year-old female patient. She had been previously treated in many local clinics with multiple local steroid injection over 50 times and extracorporeal shock-wave therapy over 20 times with the impression of plantar fasciitis for 3 years prior. Diagnostic workup revealed a calcaneal osteomyelitis and polymerase chain reaction assay on bone aspirate specimens confirmed the diagnosis of non-tuberculous mycobacterial osteomyelitis. The patient had a partial calcanectomy with antitubercular therapy. Six months after surgery, a follow-up magnetic resonance imaging showed localized chronic osteomyelitis with abscess formation. We continued anti-tubercular therapy without operation. At 18-month follow-up after surgery and comprehensive rehabilitation therapy, she was ambulating normally and able to carry out her daily activities without any discomfort. PMID:26949685

  7. [Anatomical variants of the medial calcaneal nerve and the Baxter nerve in the tarsal tunnel].

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    Martín-Oliva, X; Elgueta-Grillo, J; Veliz-Ayta, P; Orosco-Villaseñor, S; Elgueta-Grillo, M; Viladot-Perice, R

    2013-01-01

    The tarsal tunnel is composed of the posterior border of the medial malleoulus, the posterior aspect of the talus and the medial aspect of the calcaneus. The medial calcaneal nerve emerges from the posterior aspect of the posterior tibial nerve in 75% of cases and from the lateral plantar nerve in the remaining 25%. Finally, the medial calcaneal nerve ends as a single terminal branch in 79% of cases and in numerous terminal branches in the remaining 21%. To describe the anatomical variants of the posterior tibial nerve and its terminal branches. To describe the steps for tarsal tunnel release. To describe Baxter nerve release. The anatomical variants of the posterior tibial nerve and its terminal branches within the tarsal tunnel were studied. Then the Lam technique was performed; it consists of: 1) opening of the laciniate ligament, 2) opening of the fascia over the abductor hallucis muscle, 3) exoneurolysis of the posterior tibial nerve and its terminal branches, identifying the emergence and pathway of the medial calcaneal branch, the lateral plantar nerve and its Baxter nerve branch and the medial plantar nerve. Baxter nerve was found in 100% of cases. In 100% of cases in our series the nerve going to the abductor digiti minimi muscle of the foot was found; 87.5% of cases had two terminal branches. The dissections proved that a crucial step was the release of the distal tarsal tunnel. PMID:24701749

  8. Calcaneal Osteomyelitis due to Non-tuberculous Mycobacteria: A Case Report.

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    Yi, Tae-Im; Ha, Seung-A; Choe, Yeo-Reum; Kim, Joo-Sup; Kwon, Kye-Won

    2016-02-01

    Osteomyelitis is a bone infection caused by bacteria or other germs. Gram-positive cocci are the most common etiological organisms of calcaneal osteomyelitis; whereas, non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are rarely documented. We reported a case of NTM calcaneal osteomyelitis in a 51-year-old female patient. She had been previously treated in many local clinics with multiple local steroid injection over 50 times and extracorporeal shock-wave therapy over 20 times with the impression of plantar fasciitis for 3 years prior. Diagnostic workup revealed a calcaneal osteomyelitis and polymerase chain reaction assay on bone aspirate specimens confirmed the diagnosis of non-tuberculous mycobacterial osteomyelitis. The patient had a partial calcanectomy with antitubercular therapy. Six months after surgery, a follow-up magnetic resonance imaging showed localized chronic osteomyelitis with abscess formation. We continued anti-tubercular therapy without operation. At 18-month follow-up after surgery and comprehensive rehabilitation therapy, she was ambulating normally and able to carry out her daily activities without any discomfort. PMID:26949685

  9. The effect of intact fibula on functional outcome of reamed intramedullary interlocking nail in open and closed isolated tibial shaft fractures: A prospective study

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    S Muthukumar Balaji

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: ITS fracture with intact fibula is a common occurrence, and they can be treated safely with reamed IM nailing that provides good union rates and the excellent functional result even in open fractures.

  10. Size and separability of the calcaneal and the medial and lateral plantar nerves in the distal tibial nerve

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    Struijk, Lotte N. S. Andreasen; Birn, Henrik; Teglbjærg, Peter Stubbe; Haase, Jens; Struijk, Johannes

    2010-01-01

    The tibial nerve (TN) has three main terminal branches: the medial and lateral plantar nerves and the calcaneal branch (CB), which innervates the foot sole. The design and implantation of nerve cuff electrodes with separate channels for each of these three terminal branches would provide signific......The tibial nerve (TN) has three main terminal branches: the medial and lateral plantar nerves and the calcaneal branch (CB), which innervates the foot sole. The design and implantation of nerve cuff electrodes with separate channels for each of these three terminal branches would provide...... electrodes. Therefore, the branching pattern, the fascicular separability and the fascicular size of the TN posterior to the medial malleolar-calcaneal axis were examined in this study, using ten human TN specimens. The TN branching patterns were highly dispersed. For the CBs, multiple branches were...

  11. Calcaneal acrometastasis from urothelial carcinoma of the ureter: a case report and literature review

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    Full Text Available Jonathan H Ryder,1 Sean V McGarry,2 Jue Wang1  1Division of Oncology/Hematology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, USA; 2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, USA Purpose: Ureteral cancer is a rare entity. Typical symptoms are painless hematuria as well as flank pain. Bone metastasis of ureteral cancer can occur in nearby bone structures, such as the spine, pelvis, and hip bone. Distal bone metastasis, such as that in the calcaneus bone, however, is rare. Case report: An 82-year-old woman presented to the orthopedic clinic at the university hospital with a 3-month history of left heel pain. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI of her foot demonstrated a calcaneal lytic lesion. A biopsy of the lytic lesion showed urothelial carcinoma with squamous differentiation. A computed tomography (CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis showed left hydronephrosis and an obstructive mass in the left ureter, at the iliac crossing. The patient received combined therapy that included local radiation, bisphosphonate, and chemotherapy, with complete resolution of her cancer-related symptoms. However, she eventually died from the progressive disease, 20 months after the initial diagnosis. Conclusion: This case highlights the rare presentation of ureter cancer with an initial presentation of foot pain, secondary to calcaneal metastasis. Multimodality therapy provides effective palliation of symptoms and improved quality of life. We also reviewed the literature and discuss the clinical benefits of multidisciplinary cancer care in elderly patients. Keywords: urothelial carcinoma, elderly, calcaneal acrometastasis, multimodality therapy, chemotherapy, radiation

  12. Preliminary screening of osteoporosis and osteopenia in middle aged urban women from Hyderabad (INDIA using calcaneal QUS

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    Ashwin Kasturi

    2015-08-01

    Conclusions: A substantial female population was screened for osteoporosis and osteopenia using calcaneal QUS method utilizing same WHO T score criteria that otherwise shall remain undiagnosed and face the complications and menace of osteoporosis. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(8.000: 2029-2033

  13. Misdiagnosis of multiple fracture and dislocation complicated with closed abdominal injury%多发骨折脱位合并腹腔闭合伤漏诊的临床分析

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    马成利; 甄淑平

    2011-01-01

    目的:探讨多发骨折脱位合并腹腔闭合伤的漏诊原因,以减少其发生率.方法:对我院2007年1月~2009年12月收治的116例多发骨折脱位合并腹腔闭合伤患者进行回顾性分析,确定漏诊的发生率及引起漏诊的原因.结果:经手术证实多发骨折脱位合并腹腔闭合伤漏诊率为20.7%(24/116),同期单发骨折脱位合并腹腔闭合伤的漏诊率仅为7.4%(4/54).结论:多发骨折脱位合并腹腔闭合伤容易出现漏诊.拓宽诊断视野、全面系统检查、仔细观察病情变化,大多数漏诊是可以避免的,而反复腹腔穿刺是提高腹腔脏器损伤诊断率的重要手段.%Objective:To explore reasons that cause misdiagnosis of multiple fracture and dislocation complicated with closed abdominal injury in order to reduce its incidence. Methods: Data of 116 cases of multiple fracture and dislocation complicated with closed abdominal injury that admitted into our hospital from January 2007 to December 2009 were retrospectively analyzed in order to calculate the incidence and find out cause of misdiagnosis. Results:Incidence of confirmed misdiagnosis of multiple fracture and dislocation complicated with closed abdominal injury was 20. 7% (24/116), while the corresponding incidence for simple fracture and dislocation complicated with closed abdominal injury was 7.4 % (4/54 cases).Conclusions: Multiple fracture and dislocation complicated with closed abdominal injury can be easily misdiagnosed, but comprehensive examination, especially, peritoneo-puncture can screen out closed abdominal injury effectively

  14. A mechanical chest compressor closed-loop controller with an effective trade-off between blood flow improvement and ribs fracture reduction.

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    Zhang, Guang; Wu, Taihu; Song, Zhenxing; Wang, Haitao; Lu, Hengzhi; Wang, Yalin; Wang, Dan; Chen, Feng

    2015-06-01

    Chest compression (CC) is a significant emergency medical procedure for maintaining circulation during cardiac arrest. Although CC produces the necessary blood flow for patients with heart arrest, improperly deep CC will contribute significantly to the risk of chest injury. In this paper, an optimal CC closed-loop controller for a mechanical chest compressor (OCC-MCC) was developed to provide an effective trade-off between the benefit of improved blood perfusion and the risk of ribs fracture. The trade-off performance of the OCC-MCC during real automatic mechanical CCs was evaluated by comparing the OCC-MCC and the traditional mechanical CC method (TMCM) with a human circulation hardware model based on hardware simulations. A benefit factor (BF), risk factor (RF) and benefit versus risk index (BRI) were introduced in this paper for the comprehensive evaluation of risk and benefit. The OCC-MCC was developed using the LabVIEW control platform and the mechanical chest compressor (MCC) controller. PID control is also employed by MCC for effective compression depth regulation. In addition, the physiological parameters model for MCC was built based on a digital signal processor for hardware simulations. A comparison between the OCC-MCC and TMCM was then performed based on the simulation test platform which is composed of the MCC, LabVIEW control platform, physiological parameters model for MCC and the manikin. Compared with the TMCM, the OCC-MCC obtained a better trade-off and a higher BRI in seven out of a total of nine cases. With a higher mean value of cardiac output (1.35 L/min) and partial pressure of end-tidal CO2 (15.7 mmHg), the OCC-MCC obtained a larger blood flow and higher BF than TMCM (5.19 vs. 3.41) in six out of a total of nine cases. Although it is relatively difficult to maintain a stable CC depth when the chest is stiff, the OCC-MCC is still superior to the TMCM for performing safe and effective CC during CPR. The OCC-MCC is superior to the TMCM in

  15. Bone scintigraphy, radiography and MRI in the diagnosis and evaluation of treatment response of calcaneal tuberculosis

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    Aim: We describe the role of various imaging modalities in the diagnosis and follow up of calcaneal tuberculosis. Materials and methods: Six patients (5 males, 1 female; age range 16-49 years) presented with heel pain. All patients underwent routine laboratory and radiological investigations e.g. radiographs, MRI and skeletal scintigraphy as part of initial diagnostic work-up. In all patients the diagnosis of tuberculosis was confirmed based on histopathology or culture. Standard multi-drug anti-tubercular therapy (ATT) was administered for 15 months. All patients were subsequently followed up with clinical evaluation, laboratory investigations and imaging. Skeletal scintigraphy, MRI and radiographs were repeated at 12 to 15 months from the initiation of anti-tubercular treatment in all patients. Results: Five out of six patients had lytic lesions at presentation on radiographs. Four of these 5 patients also had surrounding sclerosis. Follow-up radiographs obtained 12-15 months after starting ATT, showed an increase in surrounding sclerosis with progressive reduction in area of osteopenia in four and mild sclerotic changes in one. In the remaining one patient radiograph were normal both at presentation and follow up. Three phase bone scintigraphy revealed increased blood flow and blood pool activity and 'hot spots' in 5 and a central photopenic area in the calcaneum in one patient at the time of diagnosis. After starting ATT, significant reduction in vascularity and reactive bone changes in 5 patients and mild improvement in one patient. MRI was done in three patients, which revealed hyperintense lesion with erosion of the superior articular surface in 2 and 'Bull's eye' lesion with a hypointense centre and a surrounding hyperintense rim on post contrast T1W images in one patient. Follow-up MRI showed intermediate signal intensity on T2 weighted images that corresponded to caseous necrosis and high signal intensity related to granulomas or effusion. Conclusion

  16. Previous physical exercise slows down the complications from experimental diabetes in the calcaneal tendon

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    Bezerra, Márcio Almeida; da Silva Nery, Cybelle; de Castro Silveira, Patrícia Verçoza; de Mesquita, Gabriel Nunes; de Gomes Figueiredo, Thainá; Teixeira, Magno Felipe Holanda Barboza Inácio; de Moraes, Silvia Regina Arruda

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    Summary Background the complications caused by diabetes increase fragility in the muscle-tendon system, resulting in degeneration and easier rupture. To avoid this issue, therapies that increase the metabolism of glucose by the body, with physical activity, have been used after the confirmation of diabetes. We evaluate the biomechanical behavior of the calcaneal tendon and the metabolic parameters in rats induced to experimental diabetes and submitted to pre- and post-induction exercise. Methods 54-male-Wistar rats were randomly divided into four groups: Control Group (CG), Swimming Group (SG), Diabetic Group (DG), and Diabetic Swimming Group (DSG). The trained groups were submitted to swimming exercise, while unexercised groups remained restricted to the cages. Metabolic and biomechanical parameters were assessed. Results the clinical parameters of DSG showed no change due to exercise protocol. The tendon analysis of the DSG showed increased values for the elastic modulus (ptendinopathy process, but prevent the progress of degeneration. PMID:27331036

  17. Ultrasound parameters of calcaneal bone density in girls with anorexia nervosa.

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    Kutílek, S; Bayer, M

    2001-12-01

    Osteoporosis is common in patients with anorexia nervosa (AN), but ultrasound has so far been scarcely used to detect it We measured calcaneal broadband ultrasound attenuation (BUA) and velocity of sound (VOS) in 26 AN girls (mean age 15.1+/- 1.5 years) using a Cuba Clinical device (McCue Ultrasonics, UK). Basic anthropometric (body weight, height and body mass index--BMI) and clinical data (mean duration of AN, number of absent cycles, weight loss) were collected. All of the girls reported that they did at least one hour's vigorous exercise a day. BUA was significantly lower (pmeasurements were significantly lower than the reference data (pphysical activity may lead to the increase in VOS. In conclusion, girls with AN have low BUA and high VOS values, neither of which correlate with the duration of AN or the number of missed cycles. PMID:11808818

  18. Outcome after open reduction and internal fixation of intraarticular fractures of the calcaneum without the use of bone grafts

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    Pendse Aniruddha

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Intraarticular fractures of calcaneum are commenest type of calcaneal fractures. Lots of controversies exist about the ideal management for them. The focus is now shifting on operative management by open reduction and internal fixation for these fractures with or without the use of bone grafts. Method: Thirty intraarticular fractures classified by Essex Lopresti radiological classification, were treated by open reduction and fixation. The patients were followed over a mean period of 30 months (25-40 months. Results: All the fractures united at a mean duration of 14 weeks. 86% patients had excellent functional outcome with one patient having fair and one having poor functional outcome. Conclusion: Open reduction and internal fixation with plate is a good method for treatment of intraarticular fractures of calcaneum to achieve anatomical restoration of articular surface under vision, stable fixation, early mobilization and an option for primary subtalar arthrodesis if deemed necessary.

  19. Assessment of the bone quality of black male athletes using calcaneal ultrasound: a cross-sectional study

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    Sendeht Ayuba J; Obadofin Michael O; VanderJagt Dorothy J; Laabes Emmanuel P; Glew Robert H

    2008-01-01

    Abstract Background Lifestyle, genetics and environmental factors are established determinants of bone density. We aimed to describe the bone characteristics of competitive top-ranked Nigerian male athletes using calcaneal ultrasound and to assess whether intensive training promotes higher bone density in an environment with reportedly low calcium intake; to compare the bone characteristics of footballers with runners and other sportsmen; and to assess the correlation of stiffness index (SI) ...

  20. Normative calcaneal quantitative ultrasound data for the indigenous Shuar and non-Shuar Colonos of the Ecuadorian Amazon

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    Madimenos, FC; Snodgrass, JJ; Blackwell, AD; Liebert, MA; Cepon, TJ; Sugiyama, LS

    2011-01-01

    Summary Minimal data on bone mineral density changes are available from populations in developing countries. Using calcaneal quantitative ultrasound (QUS) techniques, the current study contributes to remedying this gap in the literature by establishing a normative data set on the indigenous Shuar and non-Shuar Colonos of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Purpose The paucity of bone mineral density (BMD) data from populations in developing countries partially reflects the lack of diagnostic resources in ...

  1. Urinary Mineral Concentrations in European Pre-Adolescent Children and Their Association with Calcaneal Bone Quantitative Ultrasound Measurements †

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    Van den Bussche, Karen; Herrmann, Diana; De Henauw, Stefaan; Kourides, Yiannis A.; Lauria, Fabio; Marild, Staffan; Molnár, Dénes; Moreno, Luis A.; Veidebaum, Toomas; Ahrens, Wolfgang; Sioen, Isabelle

    2016-01-01

    This study investigates differences and associations between urinary mineral concentrations and calcaneal bone measures assessed by quantitative ultrasonography (QUS) in 4322 children (3.1–11.9 years, 50.6% boys) from seven European countries. Urinary mineral concentrations and calcaneal QUS parameters differed significantly across countries. Clustering revealed a lower stiffness index (SI) in children with low and medium urinary mineral concentrations, and a higher SI in children with high urinary mineral concentrations. Urinary sodium (uNa) was positively correlated with urinary calcium (uCa), and was positively associated with broadband ultrasound attenuation and SI after adjustment for age, sex and fat-free mass. Urinary potassium (uK) was negatively correlated with uCa but positively associated with speed of sound after adjustment. No association was found between uCa and QUS parameters after adjustment, but when additionally adjusting for uNa, uCa was negatively associated with SI. Our findings suggest that urinary mineral concentrations are associated with calcaneal QUS parameters and may therefore implicate bone properties. These findings should be confirmed in longitudinal studies that include the food intake and repeated measurement of urinary mineral concentrations to better estimate usual intake and minimize bias. PMID:27164120

  2. Femur ultrasound (FemUS)-first clinical results on hip fracture discrimination and estimation of femoral BMD

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    Barkmann, R; Dencks, S; Laugier, P; Padilla, F; Brixen, K; Ryg, J; Seekamp, A; Mahlke, L; Bremer, A; Heller, M; Glüer, C

    2010-01-01

    the correlation with femur bone mineral density (BMD) were assessed. RESULTS: Hip fracture discrimination using the FemUS device was at least as good as with hip DXA and calcaneal QUS. Significant correlations with total hip bone mineral density were found with a correlation coefficient R (2) up to 0......A quantitative ultrasound (QUS) device for measurements at the proximal femur was developed and tested in vivo (Femur Ultrasound Scanner, FemUS). Hip fracture discrimination was as good as for DXA, and a high correlation with hip BMD was achieved. Our results show promise for enhanced QUS...

  3. Fractures in anisotropic media

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    Shao, Siyi

    Rocks may be composed of layers and contain fracture sets that cause the hydraulic, mechanical and seismic properties of a rock to be anisotropic. Coexisting fractures and layers in rock give rise to competing mechanisms of anisotropy. For example: (1) at low fracture stiffness, apparent shear-wave anisotropy induced by matrix layering can be masked or enhanced by the presence of a fracture, depending on the fracture orientation with respect to layering, and (2) compressional-wave guided modes generated by parallel fractures can also mask the presence of matrix layerings for particular fracture orientations and fracture specific stiffness. This report focuses on two anisotropic sources that are widely encountered in rock engineering: fractures (mechanical discontinuity) and matrix layering (impedance discontinuity), by investigating: (1) matrix property characterization, i.e., to determine elastic constants in anisotropic solids, (2) interface wave behavior in single-fractured anisotropic media, (3) compressional wave guided modes in parallel-fractured anisotropic media (single fracture orientation) and (4) the elastic response of orthogonal fracture networks. Elastic constants of a medium are required to understand and quantify wave propagation in anisotropic media but are affected by fractures and matrix properties. Experimental observations and analytical analysis demonstrate that behaviors of both fracture interface waves and compressional-wave guided modes for fractures in anisotropic media, are affected by fracture specific stiffness (controlled by external stresses), signal frequency and relative orientation between layerings in the matrix and fractures. A fractured layered medium exhibits: (1) fracture-dominated anisotropy when the fractures are weakly coupled; (2) isotropic behavior when fractures delay waves that are usually fast in a layered medium; and (3) matrix-dominated anisotropy when the fractures are closed and no longer delay the signal. The

  4. Fracture mechanics safety approaches

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    Component integrity assessments require the knowledge of reliable fracture toughness parameters characterising the initiation of the failure process in the whole relevant temperature range. From a large number of fracture mechanics tests a statistically based procedure was derived allowing to quantify the initiation of fracture toughness as a function of temperature as a closed function as well as the temperature dependence of the cleavage instability parameters. Alternatively to the direct experimental determination one also can use a correlation between fracture toughness and notch impact energy. (orig.)

  5. Fracture mechanics safety approaches

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    Roos, E.; Schuler, X.; Eisele, U. [Materials Testing Inst. (MPA), Univ. of Stuttgart (Germany)

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    Component integrity assessments require the knowledge of reliable fracture toughness parameters characterising the initiation of the failure process in the whole relevant temperature range. From a large number of fracture mechanics tests a statistically based procedure was derived allowing to quantify the initiation of fracture toughness as a function of temperature as a closed function as well as the temperature dependence of the cleavage instability parameters. Alternatively to the direct experimental determination one also can use a correlation between fracture toughness and notch impact energy. (orig.)

  6. CURBSIDE CONSULTATION IN FRACTURE MANAGEMENT: 49 CLINICAL QUESTIONS

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    2008-12-01

    displaced bimalleolar fracture in insulin dependant middle aged woman; Man-agement of calcaneal fractures; Fixation technic for a displaced talar neck fracture in a patient in ER; Indica-tions for surgical treatment of metatarsal fractures; Bone grafting in acute fractures; Management of a nonunion of plated midshaft tibia fracture; Management of a child with a twisted ankle and normal x-rays; Assessment of com-partment syndrome in foot.The Section III is about “GENERAL FRACTURE CARE” including: Management of multiple orthopedic injuries and damage control orthopedics; Bone stimula-tion in nonunion; Indications for locking plates; Fractures requiring anatomic reduction.AUDIENCE: Mainly trauma fellows and practicing or-thopedists are the targeted audience of the book, but not only the basic knowledge for the orthopedic residents but also the expert advices for complicated and controversial cases pointing experienced surgeons widen the spectrum of audience. Also non-physician personnel may benefit the basic knowledge from brief answers given in a casual format.ASSESMENT: “Curbside Consultation in Fracture Man-agement:49 Clinical Questions” offering practical, brief, evidence based answers to frequently asked questions especially those have been often left controversial related with the treatment of fractures of upper and lower extrem-ity, pelvic fractures is a useful resource mainly for resi-dents, fellows and junior orthopedists. Casual format that mimics a “curbside” dialog of colleagues and also the rich illustrations by images and diagrams makes the advanced knowledge in the text easier to understand and learn. Questions are carefully chosen from a wide spectrum of subjects related to fracture management to form a unique reference including high and low energy trauma fractures, pediatric fractures, fractures in elderly, multiple orthope-dic injury, and general fracture care. Assessment of frac-tures and diagnostic approach, postoperative care and

  7. Risk factors of failure in closed reduction for supracondylar fractures of humerus in children%儿童肱骨髁上骨折闭合复位失败的危险因素分析

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    杨杰; 孙辽军; 杜胜虎; 黄祥祥; 陈华; 郭晓山

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨导致儿童肱骨髁上骨折闭合复位失败的危险因素,从而指导临床治疗.方法 回顾性分析2008年2月至2013年2月于本院治疗的138例肱骨髁上骨折患儿的临床资料,记录其年龄、BMI指数、受伤机制、骨折类型、受伤至手术时间、最大初始移位(对位及旋转).采用均值比较或卡方检验对以上因素进行单因素分析,再采用多因素logistic分析对可能的危险因素进行分析,以明确肱骨髁上骨折闭合复位失败的相关因素.结果 单因素分析显示BMI指数、骨折类型、受伤至手术时间、最大初始移位与儿童肱骨髁上骨折闭合复位失败有显著相关性,多因素Logistic回归分析显示,骨折类型、受伤至手术时间、最大初始移位是儿童肱骨髁上骨折闭合复位失败的独立危险因素.结论 伤后肿胀高峰期、GartlandⅢ型骨折、初始移位大的患儿闭合复位失败机率高,选择复位及固定方式时应仔细考虑这些危险因素.%Objective To investigate the risk factors of failure in closed reduction for supracondylar fracture of humerus in children and to guide clinical treatment.Methods Children with supracon dylar fractures who were treated in our hospital from February 2008 to February 2013 were studied.Age,BMI index,mechanism of injury,fracture type,duration from injury to surgery,the maximum initial displacement (right position and rotation) were analyzed.Mean comparison or chi-square test was used for univariate analysis and multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to identify possible risk factors.Results Univariate analysis showed that BMI index,fracture type,duration from injury to surgery and the maximum initial displacement were significantly correlated with the failure in closed reduction.Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that the type of fracture,duration from injury to surgery and the maximum initial displacement were independent risk factors

  8. Close reduction and percutaneous internal fixation with hollow screw in treatment of posterior malleolus fractures%闭合复位经皮空心螺钉内固定治疗后踝骨折

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    冯青; 许效坤; 苏海涛

    2011-01-01

    目的探讨闭合复位经皮空心螺钉内固定选择性治疗后踝骨折的手术方法、适应证及临床效果.方法回顾性分析2004年7月至2010年4月期间采用闭合复位经皮空心拉力螺钉内固定治疗42例成人后踝骨折的临床资料,其中旋后-外旋型28例,旋前-外旋型6例,旋前-外展型8例.采用X线片评估骨折愈合率,采用美国足踝骨科协会(AOFAS)推荐的足踝评分系统评估踝关节功能.结果平均随访22个月(6~75个月),骨折愈合时间为6~12周.按AOFAS足踝评分系统评分,平均为96分(78~100分),优41例,可1例,优良率为97.6%.结论闭合复位经皮空心螺钉内固定是一种可用于治疗后踝骨折的微创术式,具有骨折愈合快,骨折愈合率高,踝关节功能好的优点.%Objective To investigate the indication and efficacy of close reduction and percutaneous internal fixation with hollow screws in the treatment of posterior malleolus fractures. Methods The clinical data of 42 cases of posterior malleolus fracture treated by this method from July,2004 to April ,2010 were retrospectively analyzed,including 28 cases of supination-eversion fractures,6 cases of pronation-eversion fractures and 8 cases of pronation-abduction fractures. The fracture healing rate was assessed by X-ray film and the function of the ankle joint was evaluated by foot and ankle scoring system recommended by American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society ( AOFAS). Results The followup averaged for 22 months (6 ~75 months). The fracture healing time ranged form 6 to 12 weeks. According to the results of foot and ankle function scores, the average score was 96 points (78 ~ 100 points), including 41 cases of excellence and 1 case of fairness, the rate of excellent and good amounting to 97.6%. Conclusion With the advantage of quick recovery, high healing rate and better healing effect, close reduction and percutaneous internal fixation with hollow screws is feasible in the treatment of

  9. Shoulder Fractures

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    ... a Hand Therapist? Media Find a Hand Surgeon Shoulder Fractures Email to a friend * required fields From * ... can create difficulty with its function. Types of Shoulder Fractures The type of fracture varies by age. ...

  10. Erratum to: The effect of postoperative wound infections on functional outcome following intra-articular calcaneal fractures.

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    Backes, Manouk; Schep, Niels W L; Luitse, Jan S K; Goslings, J C; Schepers, Tim

    2015-08-01

    Erratum to: Arch Orthop Trauma Surg DOI 10.1007/s00402-015-2219-5. The original version of this article unfortunately contained a mistake and has been corrected. The fourth author J. Carel Goslings' family name has been published incorrectly. The correct family name should be Goslings. PMID:26099514

  11. A comparative study of effect on reducing pain, inflammation and side effect of combination of enzymes (bacterial proteases, papain, bromelain, vitamin C and rutin) versus conventional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (diclofenac) in patients of closed fracture lower end radius coming at orthopaedic department of a tertiary care hospital

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    Tejas A. Acharya; Madhav D. Trivedi; Mehta, Dimple S.; Sunita B. Chhaiya; Shreyas P. Gandhi

    2016-01-01

    Background: Diclofenac and oral systemic enzymes both are commonly used for control of pain and inflammation in fracture lower end radius as well as other such conditions. Some studies have shown that combination of enzymes like bacterial proteases, papain, bromelain, vitamin C and rutin can reduce pain and Inflammation which is comparable to diclofenac but it still not definite. Methods: Total 50 patients with closed fracture lower end radius were enrolled and randomly divided in to two g...

  12. SACRAL FRACTURES

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    2000-01-01

    Objective. To delineate the clinical spectrum and treatment choice of sacral fractures.Methods. In this series, 39 sacral fractures were retrospectively reviewed and classified utilizing Denis′ classification. There were 21 Zone Ⅰ fractures, 6 Zone Ⅱ fractures and 12 Zone Ⅲ fractures. Neurological deficits were present in seven patients. Thirty seven patients were treated conservatively and two underwent surgical management.Results.Thirty eight patients were followed up for three months to 19 years. Thirty three have recovered, four improved, and one remained disabled.Conclusion.The treatment of sacral fractures requires assessment of pelvic stability and existing nerve injury. The patients with pelvic ring instability and neurological deficits should be treated with fracture reduction and stability reconstruction. When the patients with pelvic fracture are complicated with neurological deficits, sacral fracture should be first suspected. Once the diagnosis of sacral fracture is made, fracture reduction should be indicated. Conservative treatment usually permits satisfactory results.

  13. Lateral Calcaneal Artery Flaps in Atherosclerosis: Cadaveric Study, Vascular Assessment and Clinical Applications

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    Tanthanatip, Pattaya; Kuhaphensaeng, Paiboon; Ruamthanthong, Anuchit; Pitiseree, Anont; Suwantemee, Chaichoompol

    2015-01-01

    Background: Soft tissue defects of the lateral malleolus (LM) and Achilles tendon pose difficult reconstructive problems due to the bony prominence and limited local tissue available. The objectives were to study the anatomical landmarks of the lateral calcaneal artery (LCA) and patency of LCA in atherosclerotic patients. Methods: Part I: Thirty-four cadaveric feet were dissected to identify the LCA. The distance between the LCA and the most prominent point of the LM was measured horizontally (LCAa-LM), obliquely (LCAb-LM), and vertically (LCAc-LM). Part II: Thirty-two patients were divided in 2 groups as nonatherosclerotic and atherosclerotic groups. The LCA was assessed by both Doppler ultrasonography and computed tomographic angiography (CTA). Part III: Clinical applications were demonstrated. Results: Part I: Mean distances of LCAa-LM, LCAb-LM, and LCAc-LM were 24.76, 33.68, and 35.03 mm, respectively. The LCA originated 94.12% from the peroneal artery. Part II: Doppler ultrasonography detected the LCA at 90.62% and 87.50% in nonatherosclerotic and atherosclerotic groups, respectively, whereas 100.00% and 93.75%, respectively, were detected by CTA. No statistically significant difference was found in the patency of the LCA between nonatherosclerotic and atherosclerotic patients. Part III: Clinical applications were performed in atherosclerotic patients. Conclusions: The LM is a reliable point to identify the LCA, and the LCA flap can be raised safely in atherosclerotic patients. Preoperative CTA should be performed in severely atherosclerotic patients or cases of major lower extremity vascular injuries. PMID:26495230

  14. The lateral calcaneal artery: Anatomic basis for planning safe surgical approaches.

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    Elsaidy, Mohamed A; El-Shafey, Khaled

    2009-10-01

    The proximity of the lateral calcaneal artery (LCA) to surgical incisions applied to the lateral hindfoot makes it vulnerable to iatrogenic injury and subsequent postoperative skin necrosis. This study aimed to investigate the course of the LCA and to define anatomical points that can be used by surgeons during lateral approaches to the calcaneus. Thirteen leg-ankle-foot specimens were dissected and the superficial course of the LCA was outlined by three anatomic points: (a) tip of lateral malleolus, (b) the point where it pierces the deep fascia, and (c) the point where it crosses the line connecting the lateral malleolus with the insertion of Achilles tendon. Fifteen healthy volunteers were investigated by color Doppler ultrasound where the diameter and depth of LCA were measured. The LCA pierced the deep fascia at a maximum height of 4.5 cm (mean 3.78) above the midpoint of a line extending from the lateral malleolus to the insertion of Achilles tendon. It crossed the previous line at a maximum distance of 3 cm (mean 2.6) posterior to lateral malleolus. At this point, its mean diameter was 1.75 mm on the right and 1.73 mm on the left sides, while its mean depth was 7.73 mm on the right and 8.0 mm on the left sides. A dangerous triangle that contained the superficial course of the artery was mapped out in the lower lateral part of the leg. This triangle should be considered during surgical approaches applied to the lateral hindfoot to avoid damage of the LCA. PMID:19637301

  15. Definition, classification and treatment of destructive fractures

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    FANG Guo-jun; QU Zhi-guo; LIU Zhuo; CHEN Yuan

    2011-01-01

    Destructive injury is defined as a very serious damage both to the bone and the soft tissues. But in clinical practice we found that in some fracture cases, the damage to soft tissues is not as severe as "destructive injury" indicates, whereas comminuted fractures still cannot show the severity of bone damage. Therefore we proposed a new term "destructive fractures" after combining the definition of destructive injury with typical clinic cases. Destructive fractures refer to the fractures whose osseous tissues are damaged too seriously to be repaired, but soft tissues, nerves and veins are less severely injured and can be repaired. From the year 2001 to 2010, 75 cases of destructive fractures were admitted in our department. According to whether the fractures interlinked with the external environment, together with the fracture sites, they were divided into 6 types: al type, closed diaphysis destructive fracture; a2 type, open diaphysis destructive fracture; b1 type, closed joint-involved destructive fracture; b2 type,open joint-involved destructive fracture; cl type, closed mixed destructive fracture; c2 type, open mixed destructive fracture. Corresponding clinical treatments were conducted for each type.The new classification criterion of destructivefracture is simple and practical and thus can be used as an important guide to make reasonable treatment plans for destructive fractures.

  16. A comparative study of effect on reducing pain, inflammation and side effect of combination of enzymes (bacterial proteases, papain, bromelain, vitamin C and rutin versus conventional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (diclofenac in patients of closed fracture lower end radius coming at orthopaedic department of a tertiary care hospital

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    Conclusions: Diclofenac was better in reducing pain, while combination of enzymes used in the study was better in reducing oedema. Combination of the enzymes used in this study is safer than diclofenac in cases of the closed fracture lower end radius. [Int J Basic Clin Pharmacol 2016; 5(3.000: 1017-1021

  17. Rib Fractures

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    ... 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease a Dangerous Combo Are 'Workaholics' Prone to OCD, Anxiety? ALL NEWS > Resources First ... Rib Fractures Traumatic Pneumothorax Tension Pneumothorax Rib fractures cause severe pain, particularly when a person breathes deeply. ...

  18. Incidence and MR imaging features of fractures of the anterior process of calcaneus in a consecutive patient population with ankle and foot symptoms

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    To determine the incidence, appearances and associated injuries of fractures affecting the anterior process of calcaneus from a general population with foot and ankle symptoms. A retrospective review of foot and ankle MR imaging procedures was performed for detection of cases with a fracture affecting the anterior process of calcaneus over a four year period. Radiographs, MR imaging studies, radiology reports, medical records, and operative notes were reviewed. Imaging analysis included fracture pattern, displacement, associated fractures, and presence of tendon and ligamentous injuries. The incidence of anterior process of calcaneus fracture on MR imaging was 0.5% (14/2577). Fractures were more common in female subjects (71%, 10/14). Fracture orientation was predominantly vertical (93%, 13/14). No comminuted fractures were seen and only three fractures were displaced. Three of the eight MR imaging evident fractures of anterior process of calcaneus were seen on radiographs. Associated fractures of the talus (n=5), navicular bone (n=3), cuboid (n=2), and calcaneal body (n=1) were noted. Associated injuries to the anterior talofibular ligament (n=3) and tears of the peroneus brevis (n=3) and peroneus longus (n=1) tendons were present. All fractures were treated non-operatively. Two patients had subtalar joint steroid injection for symptomatic relief

  19. Incidence and MR imaging features of fractures of the anterior process of calcaneus in a consecutive patient population with ankle and foot symptoms

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    Ouellette, H.; Salamipour, H.; Thomas, B.J.; Kassarjian, A.; Torriani, M. [Division of Musculoskeletal Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (United States)

    2006-11-15

    To determine the incidence, appearances and associated injuries of fractures affecting the anterior process of calcaneus from a general population with foot and ankle symptoms. A retrospective review of foot and ankle MR imaging procedures was performed for detection of cases with a fracture affecting the anterior process of calcaneus over a four year period. Radiographs, MR imaging studies, radiology reports, medical records, and operative notes were reviewed. Imaging analysis included fracture pattern, displacement, associated fractures, and presence of tendon and ligamentous injuries. The incidence of anterior process of calcaneus fracture on MR imaging was 0.5% (14/2577). Fractures were more common in female subjects (71%, 10/14). Fracture orientation was predominantly vertical (93%, 13/14). No comminuted fractures were seen and only three fractures were displaced. Three of the eight MR imaging evident fractures of anterior process of calcaneus were seen on radiographs. Associated fractures of the talus (n=5), navicular bone (n=3), cuboid (n=2), and calcaneal body (n=1) were noted. Associated injuries to the anterior talofibular ligament (n=3) and tears of the peroneus brevis (n=3) and peroneus longus (n=1) tendons were present. All fractures were treated non-operatively. Two patients had subtalar joint steroid injection for symptomatic relief.

  20. Root fractures

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    Andreasen, Jens Ove; Christensen, Søren Steno Ahrensburg; Tsilingaridis, Georgios

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to analyze tooth loss after root fractures and to assess the influence of the type of healing and the location of the root fracture. Furthermore, the actual cause of tooth loss was analyzed.......The purpose of this study was to analyze tooth loss after root fractures and to assess the influence of the type of healing and the location of the root fracture. Furthermore, the actual cause of tooth loss was analyzed....

  1. Combination of diagnostic medial calcaneal nerve block followed by pulsed radiofrequency for plantar fascitis pain: A new modality

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    Deepak Thapa

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Plantar fasciitis (PF is the most common cause of chronic heel pain which may be bilateral in 20 to 30% of patients. It is a very painful and disabling condition which can affect the quality of life. The management includes both pharmacological and operative procedures with no single proven effective treatment modality. In the present case series, we managed three patients with PF (one with bilateral PF. Following a diagnostic medial calcaneal nerve (MCN block at its origin, we observed reduction in verbal numerical rating scale (VNRS in all the three patients. Two patients has relapse of PF pain which was managed with MCN block followed with pulsed radio frequency (PRF. All the patients were pain-free at the time of reporting. This case series highlights the possible role of combination of diagnostic MCN block near its origin followed with PRF as a new modality in management of patients with PF.

  2. Assessment of the bone quality of black male athletes using calcaneal ultrasound: a cross-sectional study

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    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Lifestyle, genetics and environmental factors are established determinants of bone density. We aimed to describe the bone characteristics of competitive top-ranked Nigerian male athletes using calcaneal ultrasound and to assess whether intensive training promotes higher bone density in an environment with reportedly low calcium intake; to compare the bone characteristics of footballers with runners and other sportsmen; and to assess the correlation of stiffness index (SI with activity level, since energy expenditure correlates with length of training and by extension, magnitude of skeletal loading. Methods We recruited 102 male athletes: these included football (n = 68, running (n = 15, handball (n = 7, taekwando (n = 6, cycling (n = 2, judo (1, badminton (1 and high jump (1. Anthropometric data were first recorded on a structured form and energy expenditure was indirectly estimated with a validated questionnaire. Bone density was assessed using the Lunar Achilles+ calcaneal ultrasonometer. Results The mean age of athletes was 25 ± 6 years. The means of BMI and energy expenditure were 21.9 ± 2.0 kg/m2 and 35.0 ± 13.7 kcal/kg/day, respectively. Footballers were younger (p Conclusion Repetitive skeletal loading at the heel has the potential to improve bone density in black male athletes. The magnitude of increase may be higher in medium impact sports such as soccer and running compared with low or non-impact sports such as judo or taekwando, and is independent of age and BMI. However, future longitudinal data will be required to support our observations.

  3. Elastic nails for fibular fracture in adult tibiofibular fractures.

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    Wang, Qiang; Xu, Hong-Guang; Zhang, Yin-Chang; Dong, Li-Jun

    2015-01-01

    Treatment of adult tibiofibular fractures, especially severely comminuted fractures, is technically challenging due to the lack of reduction markers and difficulty in restoring the alignment. Fixation of the fibula can facilitate reduction of the tibia fracture and restoration of the lower-extremity alignment. However, there are few literatures mentioned using intramedullary nail fixation for fibular fractures. Twenty-three cases of tibiofibular fractures were treated with elastic nails fixation fibular fractures and intramedullary nail or plate stabilization tibial fractures between January 2012 and December 2012. Adult tibiofibular fractures with fibular neck fractures or fibular fracture line apart from the ankle joint surface within 8 cm was ruled out. There were 19 males and 4 females with an average age of 41 years (range, 21-59 years). The injury causes included 11 falls and 12 traffic accidents. The left side was involved in 11 cases and the right side was involved in 12 cases. Seventeen cases were closed fractures and 6 cases were open fractures, all were Gustilo type I and II fractures. According to the AO classification, six fractures were defined as type 42A, 11 as type 42B, and 6 as type 42C. The average interval between injury and surgery was 5.8 d (range, 3-22 d). The operation time of elastic nails fixation fibular fractures was 24 minutes (range, 15-42 minutes). Primary wound healing was achieved in all patients. No complications such as infection and wound necrosis occurred. Twenty-one patients were followed up for a mean follow-up period of 16.3 months (range, 12-26 months). The mean duration of fracture healing in the radiographs was 4.1 months (range, 3-8 months). No recurrent fracture dislocation and breakage of implant were observed. At the last follow-up visit, the lower-extremity alignment was excellent. Two degrees of varus deformity was found in 3 cases, and 2 degrees of valgus deformity was observed in 2 cases, but there were no serious

  4. Emergency department external fixation for provisional treatment of pilon and unstable ankle fractures

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    Craig R Lareau

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Unstable ankle fractures and impacted tibial pilon fractures often benefit from provisional external fixation as a temporizing measure prior to definitive fixation. Benefits of external fixation include improved articular alignment, decreased articular impaction, and soft tissue rest. Uniplanar external fixator placement in the Emergency Department (ED ex-fix is a reliable and safe technique for achieving ankle reduction and stability while awaiting definitive fixation. This procedure involves placing transverse proximal tibial and calcaneal traction pins and connecting the pins with two external fixator rods. This technique is particularly useful in austere environments or when the operating room is not immediately available. Additionally, this bedside intervention prevents the patient from requiring general anesthesia and may be a cost-effective strategy for decreasing valuable operating time. The ED ex-fix is an especially valuable procedure in busy trauma centers and during mass casualty events, in which resources may be limited.

  5. Interpreting Dual Laterolog Fracture Data in Fractured Carbonate Formation

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    Deng Shaogui; Wang Xiaochang; Zou Dejiang; Fan Yiren; Yang Zhen

    2006-01-01

    The estimation of fractures is key to evaluating fractured carbonate reservoirs. It is difficult to evaluate this kind of reservoir because of its heterogeneously distributed fractures and anisotropy.A three-dimensional numerical model was used to simulate the responses of the dual laterolog (DLL) in a fractured formation based on a macro-isotropic anisotropic model. Accordingly, a fast fracturecomputing method was developed. First, the apparent conductivity of the DLL is linearly related to the porosity of the fracture and the conductivity of pore fluid. Second, the amplitude difference of the deep and shallow apparent resistivity logs is mainly dependenton the dip angle of the fracture. Then the response of the DLL to a formation with dip angle fracturesis approximately depicted as a function of the bulk resistivity of the rock, the porosity of the fractures and the conductivity of fracture fluid. This function can be used to compute the porosity of fracture quickly. The actual data show that the fracture parameters determined by the DLL closely coincide with the formation micro imager log.

  6. Facial nerve palsy after mandibular fracture.

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    Weinberg, M J; Merx, P; Antonyshyn, O; Farb, R

    1995-05-01

    A 19-year-old man sustained a right parasymphyseal fracture and bilateral condylar neck fractures in a motor vehicle accident. The parasymphyseal fracture was treated by open reduction and internal fixation, and the subcondylar fractures were treated with closed reduction and maxillomandibular fixation. Three days postoperatively, a near-complete left facial nerve palsy developed. Facial nerve recovery was not full. The literature is reviewed, and possible mechanisms of this rare and devastating complication are discussed. PMID:7639495

  7. Radiodiagnosis of closed fractures of brachial plexus

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    To clarify localization of brachial plexus (BP) root abruption, contrasting of spinal cord subarachnoidal space using X ray contrast preparation (myeloradiculography) is applied. Analysis of results of X-ray investigation in 91 patients is given. Typical symptoms of root abruption from the spinal cord on myelograms are described. it is shown that X ray contrast investigation is the main method in the diagnosis of brachial plexus injuries and selection of surgical treatment tactics

  8. Post-surgical care of a professional ballet dancer following calcaneal exostectomy and debridement with re-attachment of the left Achilles tendon

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    Kobsar, Bradley; Alcantara, Joel

    2009-01-01

    The extraordinary physical demands placed upon ballet dancers are only now being appreciated as comparable to that of other highly competitive athletic pursuits. The professional ballet dancer presents with an array of injuries associated with their physically vigorous performance requirements. In keeping with evidence-based practice, we describe the chiropractic care of a professional ballet dancer following surgical calcaneal exostectomy and debridement with re-attachment of the left Achill...

  9. Hip fracture - discharge

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    Inter-trochanteric fracture repair - discharge; Subtrochanteric fracture repair - discharge; Femoral neck fracture repair - discharge; Trochanteric fracture repair - discharge; Hip pinning surgery - discharge

  10. Discriminatory Performance of the Calcaneal Quantitative Ultrasound and Osteoporosis Self-Assessment Tool to Select Older Women for Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry.

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    McLeod, Katherine M; Johnson, Shanthi; Rasali, Drona; Verma, Ashok

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this cross-sectional study was to evaluate the accuracy of the calcaneal quantitative ultrasound (QUS) and the Osteoporosis Self-Assessment Tool (OST) in identifying older women with osteoporosis as defined by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), and to establish optimal cutoffs to determine risk. We assessed bone mineral density of the femoral neck and lumbar spine using DXA and subsequent calcaneal QUS and OST measurements in 174 women aged 50-80 years. Pearson product correlation coefficients between QUS, OST, and DXA parameters were calculated. Receiver operating characteristic curves were constructed and areas under the curves (AUCs) and optimal thresholds for QUS and OST were defined based on sensitivity, specificity, and likelihood ratio analysis. The ability of calcaneal QUS to identify women with a T-score ≤-2.5 at the femoral neck (AUC = 0.892) consistently outperformed a T-score ≤-2.5 at the lumbar spine (AUC = 0.696) and OST at both the femoral neck and lumbar spine (AUC = 0.706-0.807). Stiffness index cutoff values that fall between 65 and 78 were found to warrant DXA screening, with a cutoff <65 indicating high likelihood of osteoporosis. Further prospective research is needed to examine the gender-related differences of QUS and OST diagnostic performance and their usefulness in clinical practice. PMID:25937306

  11. Usefulness of calcaneal quantitative ultrasound stiffness for the evaluation of bone health in HIV-1-infected subjects: comparison with dual X-ray absorptiometry

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    Fantauzzi, Alessandra; Floridia, Marco; Ceci, Fabrizio; Cacciatore, Francesco; Vullo, Vincenzo; Mezzaroma, Ivano

    2016-01-01

    Objectives With the development of effective treatments and the resulting increase in life expectancy, bone mineral density (BMD) alteration has emerged as an important comorbidity in human immunodeficiency virus type-1 (HIV-1)-infected individuals. The potential contributors to the pathogenesis of osteopenia/osteoporosis include a higher prevalence of risk factors, combined antiretroviral therapy (cART)-exposure, HIV-1 itself and chronic immune activation/inflammation. Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is the “gold standard” technique for assessing bone status in HIV-1 population. Methods We conducted a cross-sectional study to investigate bone mineral status in a group of 158 HIV-1-infected subjects. The primary endpoint was the feasibility of calcaneal quantitative ultrasound (QUS) as a screening tool for BMD. All subjects were receiving stable cART and were virologically suppressed (HIV-RNA vitamin D levels ng/mL (P-values: 0.004, 0.016, and 0.015, respectively). Conclusion As an alternative and/or integrative examination to DXA, calcaneal QUS could be proposed as a useful screening in HIV-1-infected patients for assessing bone health impairment. In fact, the results obtained confirm that calcaneal QUS may be useful for monitoring bone status, being a noninvasive and inexpensive technique, especially in those subjects with the classical traditional risk factors for bone damage that were observed earlier in HIV-1 population. PMID:27330330

  12. Segond Fractures

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    Arneja, Shalinder S.; Furey, Matthew J.; Alvarez, Christine M.; Reilly, Christopher W.

    2010-01-01

    Initially described following cadaveric studies in the late 19th century by Dr. Paul Segond, the Segond fracture is now widely accepted as a pathognemonic radiographic marker of anterior cruciate ligament injury. This fracture in a skeletally immature 16-year-old was not seen with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, but with a Salter-Harris type IV fracture of the tibial plateau. A nonweightbearing knee immobilizer with the leg in full extension was used for 6 weeks. Recovery was uncomplica...

  13. Tendon entrapments and dislocations in ankle and hindfoot fractures: evaluation with multidetector computed tomography.

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    Ballard, David H; Campbell, Kevin J; Blanton, Lee E; Williams, Jason T; Sangster, Guillermo; Hollister, Anne M; Simoncini, Alberto A

    2016-08-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the incidence of tendon entrapments and tendon dislocations associated with ankle and hindfoot fractures in patients studied by multidetector computed tomography (MDCT). Additionally, we describe particular tendon injuries associated with specific fractures. This was a retrospective review of all individuals with a trauma-protocol CT for suspected ankle and/or hindfoot fractures during a consecutive 41-month time period at a single Level I Trauma Center. Each patient's images were evaluated by two radiologists and an orthopedic surgeon for tendon entrapment, tendon dislocation, and bone(s) fractured or dislocated. There were 398 patients with ankle and/or hindfoot fractures that showed tendon entrapment or dislocation in 64 (16.1 %) patients. There were 30 (46.9 %) patients with 40 tendon entrapments, 31 (48.4 %) patients with 59 tendon dislocations, and three (4.7 %) patients with both tendon entrapment and dislocation. All patients with tendon entrapments were seen with either pilon fractures and/or a combination of posterior, medial, or lateral malleolar fractures. The most frequently entrapped tendon was the posterior tibialis tendon (PTT) in 27 patients (27/30, 90.0 %). The peroneal tendons were the most frequently dislocated, representing 27 (87.1 %) of patients with tendon dislocation; all resulted from a talar or calcaneal fracture or subluxation. This study demonstrates that tendon entrapments and tendon dislocations are commonly seen in complex fractures of the ankle and hindfoot. Pilon fractures were associated with the majority of tendon entrapments, whereas calcaneus fractures were associated with the majority of tendon dislocations. PMID:27234977

  14. Unstable Pelvic Fractures Associated with Femoral Shaft Fractures: A Retrospective Analysis

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    Chun-Liang Wu

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Both pelvic fractures and femoral shaft fractures are caused by high-energy injuries. When unstable pelvic fractures and femoral shaft fractures occur concomitantly, the optimal treatment method is controversial. The aim of this study was to establish a reasonable principle for treating such complicated injuries. Methods: Forty patients sustaining unstable pelvic fractures and concomitant femoral shaft fractures were treated in a 7-year period. The initial management of the fractures was started at the emergency service according to the Advanced Trauma Life Support protocol. Unstable pelvic fractures were wrapped by cloth sheets and femoral shaft fractures were immobilized with a splint. Angiography was performed on patients with unstable hemodynamic status. The definitive treatment for combined fractures was performed after stabilizing the hemodynamics. Closed nailing was used for femoral shaft fractures, and pelvic fractures were treated with various techniques. Results: The mortality rate was 12.5% (5/40 during admission. Thirty-three patients were followed up for an average of 32 months (range, 12-76 months. There were 33 cases of unstable pelvic fractures and 36 instances of femoral shaft fractures. The union rate for pelvic fractures was 100% (33/33, while femoral shaft fractures had a 94.4% (34/36 union rate. The average healing time was 3.3 months (range, 1.6-8.1 months and 4.1 months (range, 2.5-18.2 months for pelvic and femoral shaft fractures, respectively. After fracture, 34 hips (94% achieved a satisfactory result in the Harris hip score and 30 knees (83% achieved a satisfactory result in the Mize knee score. Conclusions: Stabilization of the hemodynamics in patients with combined fractures should be the first aim. Angiography to stop arterial bleeding in the pelvis is often life-saving. The definitive treatment for combined fractures, such as pelvic fractures and femoral shaft fractures, should wait until hemodynamics

  15. Tibial Plateau Fractures

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    This PhD thesis reported an incidence of tibial plateau fractures of 10.3/100,000/year in a complete Danish regional population. The results reported that patients treated for a lateral tibial plateau fracture with bone tamp reduction and percutaneous screw fixation achieved a satisfactory level of...... radiological outcomes and a level of health related quality of life (Eq5d) below but not significantly different from the Danish reference population at a mean of 5.2 years follow-up. Furthermore, a knee injury-specific questionnaire (KOOS) reported a level of disability close to a reference population with...... only the subgroup Sport significantly below the age matched reference population. The thesis reports a level of health related quality of life (Eq5d) and disability (KOOS) significantly below established reference populations for patients with bicondylar tibial plateau fracture treated with a ring...

  16. Fracture Mechanics

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    2012-01-01

    Fracture mechanics is a vast and growing field. This book develops the basic elements needed for both fracture research and engineering practice. The emphasis is on continuum mechanics models for energy flows and crack-tip stress- and deformation fields in elastic and elastic-plastic materials. In addition to a brief discussion of computational fracture methods, the text includes practical sections on fracture criteria, fracture toughness testing, and methods for measuring stress intensity factors and energy release rates. Class-tested at Cornell, this book is designed for students, researchers and practitioners interested in understanding and contributing to a diverse and vital field of knowledge. Alan Zehnder joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1988. Since then he has served in a number of leadership roles including Chair of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  He teaches applied mechanics and his research t...

  17. [Transitional fractures : Epiphyseal injuries in adolescence].

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    Schneidmueller, D; von Rüden, C; Friederichs, J; Bühren, V

    2016-06-01

    The so-called transitional fractures describe articular fractures in adolescents with partial closure of the epiphyseal growth plate. This shows a specific stereotype fracture pattern, which can be differentiated into biplane, triplane I and triplane II fractures depending on the involvement of the metaphysis and the number of fragments. The diagnostics and therapy can differ from fractures where the epiphyseal growth plate is still open. The main focus for surgical treatment is the reconstruction of the articular surface whereas relevant growth disturbances no longer need to be feared when the epiphysis has already begun to close. PMID:27240851

  18. External fixation of complex femoral shaft fractures

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    Zlowodzki, M; Prakash, J. S.; Aggarwal, N. K.

    2006-01-01

    Conversion of temporary external fixation to an intramedullary nail within the first 2 weeks after a femoral shaft fracture is standard practice. However, due to financial constraints, in large parts of the world external fixation of femoral shaft fractures is often the definitive treatment. Out of 60 fractures, 47 were followed-up for a minimum period of 39 weeks. The average follow-up time was 75 weeks. Fourteen fractures were closed, and 33 open. Forty-four fractures united at an average o...

  19. Urinary cadmium excretion is correlated with calcaneal bone mass i Japanese women living in an urban area

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    Nine hundred eight women aged 40-88 years living in a non-Cd-polluted area in Japan were analyzed for urinary cadmium (Cd) N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminidase (NAG) activity, β2-microglobuli (B2MG) concentration, and for the stiffness index (STIFF) of calcaneal bone using an ultrasound method. The urinary Cd in the subjects, with a mean an range of 2.87 and 0.25-11.4 μg/g creatinine, respectively, showed significant correlation with NAG but not with B2MG. STIFF was significantly inversely correlated with urinary Cd, and the association remaine significant after adjusting for age, body weight, and menstrual status suggesting a significant effect of Cd on the bone loss in these subject without signs of Cd-induced kidney damage. A two-fold increase in urinary C was accompanied by a decrease in STIFF corresponding to a 1.7-year rise in age. These results emphasize the need for reassessment of the significance of Cd exposure in the general Japanese population

  20. Subtalar Joint Distraction Arthrodesis to Correct Calcaneal Valgus in Pediatric Patients with Tarsal Coalition: A Case Series.

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    Schwartz, Jaclyn M; Kihm, Carl A; Camasta, Craig A

    2015-01-01

    Subtalar joint middle facet coalitions commonly present in children who have a painful, rigid, pes planovalgus foot type. The middle facet coalition allows rearfoot forces to be distributed medially through the coalition, and this can result in arthritis or lateral tarsal wedging. The senior author has used a wedged bone graft distraction subtalar joint arthrodesis to correct calcaneal valgus and restore the talar height in these patients. The tight, press-fit nature of the tricortical iliac crest allograft provides stability and can negate the need for internal fixation. We retrospectively reviewed 9 pediatric subtalar joint distraction arthrodesis procedures performed on 8 patients during a 6-year period. All patients began weightbearing at 6 weeks after surgery. All patients had osseous union, and no complications developed that required a second surgery. The clinical outcomes, assessed at a mean of 25.5 (range, 6.3 to 75.8) months postoperatively, were satisfactory. The mean American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society score was 90.1 (range, 79 to 94), on a 94-point scale. The wedged distraction arthrodesis technique has not been previously described for correction of pediatric patients with lateral tarsal wedging, but it is an effective option and yields successful outcomes. PMID:25704449

  1. Distribution and natural history of stress fractures in U.S. Marine recruits

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    In a prospective study of stress injuries of the lower extremities of U.S. Marine recruits, researchers derived a frequency distribution of stress fractures. The most frequently fractured bone was the tibia (73%), while the single most common site was the posterior calcaneal tuberosity (21%). The natural history of stress fractures by scintigraphy and radiography has been outlined, showing the evolutionary changes on either study as a universal progression independent of injury site or type of stress. An identical spectrum of changes should be present within any group undergoing intense new exercise. The frequency distribution of stress fractures should be a function of differing forms and intensities of exercise, therefore, our figures should not be applied to other groups. Researchers used the presence of a scintigraphic abnormality at a symptomatic site as the criterion for diagnosis of stress fracture. Since the distribution of skeletal radiotracer uptake is directly dependent on local metabolic activity, it is expected that a focal alteration in bone metabolism will result in a scintigram approaching 100% sensitivity for the abnormality (9). In the proper clinical setting, the specificity should approximate this figure; however, a focal, nonstress-related bone abnormality which has not manifested any radiographic change, such as early osteomyelitis, could result in a false-positive examination. Specificity cannot, therefore, be accurately determined without an actual determination of the pathologic changes within the bone, necessarily involving biopsy

  2. Epidemiology of tibial shaft fractures

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    Grecco Marco Aurélio Sertório

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work an epidemiological analysis on tibial shaft fractures was performed. During four years, our service treated 179 fractures, 132 in male, 47 in female, aged 14 to 83 years. The 21 to 30-year-old patiens were the more injured. Of these, 120 were open and 59 close fractures of which prevailing cause was road traffic accident. The study based on patients promptuaries analyses and radiographs. The fractures occurred 97 times in the middle third (54.18%; 102 times (56.98% presented simple fragments, and 57 (31.38% oblique lines. We treated close and open fractures, respectively, 48 and 38 cases with plaster cast immobilization; 3 and 67 with external fixation after plaster cast immobilization; 5 and 12 with osteosynthesis by means of plate and screws, and 2 and 3 with external fixation only. In both close and open fractures, respectively, 7 and 20 cases of pseudarthrosis and 1 and 11 of infections have occurred. With the data obtained we verified an actual validity of the epidemiological studies as a contribution for better identifying lesions features and their treatment and complications. This allows proceedings and apprenticeship refinement.

  3. Stress fractures

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    The diagnosis of a stress fracture should be considered in patients presented with pain after a change in activity, especially if the activity is strenuous and the pain is in the lower extremities. Since evidence of the stress fracture may not be apparent for weeks on routine radiographs, proper use of other imaging techniques will allow an earlier diagnosis. Prompt diagnosis is especially important in the femur, where displacement may occur

  4. Toddler's fracture.

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    1996-01-01

    "Toddler's fracture" can be difficult to diagnose but should be suspected whenever a child presents to the accident and emergency department with a limp or fails to bear weight on the leg. Irritable hip and subacute osteomyelitis must feature in the differential diagnosis. The history may or may not include an obvious traumatic episode. Rather than fracture, elastic bowing of the bone and consequent periosteal stripping may explain symptoms in some cases.

  5. US Geological Survey Committee for the Advancement of Science in the Yucca Mountain Project symposium on {open_quotes}Fractures, Hydrology, and Yucca Mountain{close_quotes}: Abstracts and summary

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    1991-12-31

    The principal objective of this symposium is to review the available information on fractured/faulted terrains in terms of a coherent hydrogeologic model of ground-water fluid flow and transport, particularly as it pertains to the Yucca Mountain region. This review addresses the influence and significance of fractures on ground-water flow and the transport of conservative-species solutes within the context of the hydrogeologic setting of the Yucca Mountain area. The relations between fluid flow and fractured or faulted host rock are examined integrally from information on geologic, seismologic, hydrologic, and geomechanical properties of the system. The development of new hydrogeologic approaches that incorporate information from this integrated database are contrasted with more standard approaches toward understanding flow in fractured reservoirs. Ground-water flow in both the unsaturated zone and the saturated zone are considered. The application of various models of flow is addressed, examples include porous-media equivalent and discontinuum fracture-network models. Data and interpretations from the Yucca Mountain area are presented to establish a context for information exchange. The symposium includes discussions relevant to technical considerations for characterizing the Yucca Mountain area hydrogeology. On the basis of these discussions, CASY has compiled this document in order to formally summarize the proceedings and communicate recommendations for future directions of research and investigation.

  6. Redução fechada e fixação esquelética externa tipo II para o tratamento de fraturas de tibiotarso em pombos domésticos (Columba livia Closed reduction and type-II external skeletal fixation for treatment of tibiotarsus fractures in domestic pigeons (Columba livia

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    Marcelo Meller Alievi

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available A redução fechada e o fixador esquelético externo tipo II foram avaliados para o tratamento de fraturas de tibiotarso em pombos domésticos (Columba livia. Foram utilizadas doze aves adultas. Os pombos foram anestesiados com a associação de xilazina e cetamina e, em seguida, foi realizada fratura do tibiotarso direito através de pressão digital sobre a diáfise do membro. Quatro pinos de Kirschner, dois proximais e dois distais ao foco da fratura, foram inseridos através de ambas as corticais ósseas e, após redução fechada da fratura, conectados externamente por duas barras de acrílico autopolimerizável, uma na face lateral e outra na face medial do membro. Em cinco aves, foi observado radiograficamente desvio ósseo angular, porém, a função do membro não foi afetada. O tempo médio e o desvio padrão para a cicatrização óssea foram 24,8 ± 4,89 dias. Os resultados demonstram que a redução fechada e o fixador esquelético externo tipo II são efetivos para o tratamento de fraturas de tibiotarso em pombos domésticos (Columba livia.The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of closed reduction and type-II external skeletal fixation for treatment of tibiotarsus fractures in domestic pigeons (Columba livia. Twelve adult domestic pigeons were used. Anesthesia was induced with xylazine and ketamine hydrochloride; the right tibiotarsus was manually fractured by digital pressure applied at the mid-diaphysis. Four Kirschner wires were placed through both cortices of the bone, two proximal and two distal to the fracture site, and, after closed reduction of the fracture, they were stabilized by two acrilic bars, one in the lateral and another in the medial surface of the tibiotarsus. Abnormalities in bone angulation were observed radiographically in five birds; however, the function of the limb was not noticeably impaired. The mean time ± standard deviation for fracture healing was 24.8 ± 4.89 days. The results of this

  7. Redução fechada e fixação esquelética externa tipo I para tratamento de fraturas de tibiotarso em pombos domésticos (Columba livia Closed reduction and type-I external skeletal fixation for treatment of tibiotarsus fractures in domestic pigeons (Columba livia

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    Full Text Available Estudaram-se a redução fechada e a fixação esquelética externa tipo I para o tratamento de fraturas de tibiotarso em 10 pombos domésticos (Columba livia adultos. As aves foram anestesiadas com a associação de xilazina e cetamina e em seguida foi realizada fratura do tibiotarso direito por pressão digital sobre a diáfise do membro. Quatro pinos de Kirschner, dois proximais e dois distais à linha da fratura, foram inseridos percutaneamente através de ambas as corticais ósseas e, após redução fechada da fratura, conectados externamente por uma barra de acrílico autopolimerizável na face lateral do membro. Em três aves foi observado radiograficamente desvio ósseo angular, porém, a função do membro não foi afetada. O tempo médio e o desvio-padrão para a cicatrização óssea foram 23,4± 3,0 dias. Os resultados demonstram que a redução fechada e a aplicação de fixador esquelético externo tipo I é um método efetivo para o tratamento de fraturas de tibiotarso em pombos domésticos (Columba livia.Ten adult domestic pigeons (Columbalivia were used in order to study closed reduction and type-I external skeletal fixation for tibiotarsus fractures. Anesthesia was induced with xylazine and ketamine hydrochloride and the right tibiotarsus was manually fractured by digital pressure applied at the mid-diaphysis. Kirschner wires were driven percutaneously through the bone, two proximal and two distal to the fracture site, and stabilized by an acrylic bar in the lateral surface of the tibiotarsus after closed reduction of the fracture. Abnormalities in bone angulation were observed radiographically in three birds, however, the function of the limb was not noticeably impaired. The mean ± standard deviation for fracture healing was 23.4± 3.0 days. The results showed that closed reduction and application of a type-I external skeletal fixation is an effective method of treating tibiotarsus fracture in domestic.

  8. Anisotropic characteristics of electrical responses of fractured reservoir with multiple sets of fractures

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    Shen Jinsong; Su Benyu; Guo Naichuan

    2009-01-01

    In fractured reservoirs, the fractures not only provide the storage space for hydrocarbons, but also form the main flow channels which connect the pores of the matrix, so fractures dominate the productivity of reservoirs.However, because of the heterogeneity and randomness of the distribution of fractures, exploration and evaluation of fractured reservoirs is still one of the most difficult problems in the oil industry.In recent years, seismic anisotropy has been applied to the assessment of fractured formations, whereas electrical anisotropy which is more intense in fractured formations than seismic anisotropy has not been studied or used so extensively.In this study, fractured reservoir models which considered multiple sets of fractures with smooth and partly closed, rough surfaces were established based on the fractures and pore network, and the vertical and horizontal electrical resistivities were derived as a function of the matrix and fracture porosities according to Ohm's law.By using the anisotropic resistivity equations, variations of the electrical anisotropy of three types of fractured models under the conditions of free pressure and confining pressure were analyzed through the variations of the exerted pressure, matrix porosity, fracture aperture and formation water resistivity.The differences of the vertical and horizontal resistivities and the anisotropy between the connected and non-connected fractures were also analyzed.It is known from the simulated results that an increase of the confining pressure causes a decrease of electrical anisotropy because of the elasticity of the closed fractures and the decrease of the fracture aperture.For a fixed fracture porosity, the higher the matrix porosity, the weaker the electrical anisotropy in the rock formation.

  9. Association between vitamin D status and serum parathyroid hormone concentration and calcaneal stiffness in Japanese adolescents: sex differences in susceptibility to vitamin D deficiency.

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    Tsugawa, Naoko; Uenishi, Kazuhiro; Ishida, Hiromi; Ozaki, Reo; Takase, Tomoki; Minekami, Takuya; Uchino, Yuri; Kamao, Maya; Okano, Toshio

    2016-07-01

    There is currently insufficient information on serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) and parathyroid hormone (PTH) concentrations, and bone mineral status in healthy adolescents to allow reference values to be set. This study aimed to provide comparable data on vitamin D status in Japanese adolescents and to assess sex differences in susceptibility to vitamin D insufficiency. Serum 25OHD and PTH concentrations were measured in 1,380 healthy adolescents (aged 12-18 years). Subjects completed a questionnaire on exercise history, diet, and lifestyle factors. Calcaneal stiffness was evaluated by quantitative ultrasound. Serum 25OHD concentrations in boys and girls were 60.8 ± 18.3 and 52.8 ± 17.0 nmol/L, respectively. Approximately 30 % of boys and 47 % of girls had suboptimal 25OHD concentrations (<50 nmol/L). Serum PTH concentration was negatively correlated with serum 25OHD concentration in boys, but negatively correlated with calcium intake rather than serum 25OHD in girls. In contrast, the increment in calcaneal stiffness as a result of elevation of serum 25OHD was higher in girls than in boys. As vitamin D deficiency is common in Japanese adolescents, it was estimated that intakes of ≥12 and ≥14 μg/day vitamin D would be required to reach 25OHD concentrations of 50 nmol/L in boys and girls, respectively. Moreover, the results of the present study indicate that vitamin D deficiency has a greater association with calcaneal stiffness in girls than in boys. PMID:26260151

  10. Gravity-Driven Hydraulic Fractures

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    Germanovich, L. N.; Garagash, D.; Murdoch, L. C.; Robinowitz, M.

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    -dominated head to obtain a complete closed-form solution. We then analyze the gravity fracture propagation in conditions of either continuous injection or finite volume release for sets of parameters representative of dense waste injection technique and low viscosity magma diking.

  11. Presence of a long accessory flexor tendon of the toes in surgical treatment for tendinopathy of the insertion of the calcaneal tendon: case report

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    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT The presence of accessory tendons in the foot and ankle needs to be recognized, given that depending on their location, they may cause disorders relating either to pain processes or to handling of the surgical findings. We describe the presence of an accessory flexor tendon of the toes, seen in surgical exposure for transferring the long flexor tendon of the hallux to the calcaneus, due to the presence of a disorder of tendinopathy of the insertion of the calcaneal tendon in association with Haglund's syndrome.

  12. Presence of a long accessory flexor tendon of the toes in surgical treatment for tendinopathy of the insertion of the calcaneal tendon: case report☆

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    Gomes Júnior, Nelson Pelozo; Andreoli, Carlos Vicente; Pochini, Alberto de Castro; Raduan, Fernando Cipolini; Ejnisman, Benno; Cohen, Moisés

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    The presence of accessory tendons in the foot and ankle needs to be recognized, given that depending on their location, they may cause disorders relating either to pain processes or to handling of the surgical findings. We describe the presence of an accessory flexor tendon of the toes, seen in surgical exposure for transferring the long flexor tendon of the hallux to the calcaneus, due to the presence of a disorder of tendinopathy of the insertion of the calcaneal tendon in association with Haglund's syndrome. PMID:26962495

  13. Arthroscopy assisted management of tibia plateau fractures

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    Cetik, Ozgur; Asik, Mehmet; Sozen, Yunus V.; Taser, Omer F.; Cetinkaya, Sarper M.

    2004-01-01

    We report our experience with the arthroscopy management of tibial plateau fractures. Twenty eight closed tibial plateau fractures in twenty seven patients were treated with arthroscopy assisted reduction between January 1993 and December 1997. The mean follow-up period was 25 months (range 6 months to 55 months). Schatzker classification system was used for evaluation and classification of the fractures patterns. The plateau depression has been reconstructed with elevation through a window...

  14. Gravity-driven fingering in unsaturated fractures

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    Gravity-driven wetting-front instability is known to occur in both porous media and Hele-Shaw cells. A systematic investigative procedure for studying gravity-driven fingering in unsaturated, rough-walled fractures is described. As a first step toward understanding this system, experiments were performed in an analogue fracture consisting of two roughened glass plates held in close contact. Results from preliminary experiments in both initially dry and wet analogue fractures are presented, including measurements taken from individual fingers within a fully unstable flow field. For initially dry fractures, increasing the volume of fluid contained in the front leads to increases in both finger width and velocity. Finger velocity also was observed to increase with gravitational gradient. Once a finger structure develops in an initially dry fracture, the structure persists in subsequent infiltration events. In uniformly wet fractures, fingers are found to be more numerous and thinner and to have higher velocity than fingers formed in initially dry fractures

  15. Evaluation the treatment outcomes of intracapsular femoral neck fractures with closed or open reduction and internal fixation by screw in 18-50-year-old patients in Isfahan from Nov 2010 to Nov 2011

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    2013-01-01

    Conclusion: This study showed that femoral neck fracture is associated with several complications, especially if open reduction was necessary. So, the surgical method and necessary equipments such as radiolucent bed, C-ARM machine, and implant cannulated screw set should be considered.

  16. Triplane fracture of the distal radius

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    Christopher Pearce; Raymond Chung

    2011-01-01

    We report the case of a 14-year-old boy who sustained a displaced triplane fracture of the distal radius. This was treated with closed reduction and application of a cast with good clinical and radiological results. We discuss (for the first time) the reasons for the rarity of this fracture at the distal radius compared to the distal tibia.

  17. The X-ray attenuation characteristics and density of human calcaneal marrow do not change significantly during adulthood

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    Les, C. M.; Whalen, R. T.; Beaupre, G. S.; Yan, C. H.; Cleek, T. M.; Wills, J. S.

    2002-01-01

    Changes in the material characteristics of bone marrow with aging can be a significant source of error in measurements of bone density when using X-ray and ultrasound imaging modalities. In the context of computed tomography, dual-energy computed techniques have been used to correct for changes in marrow composition. However, dual-energy quantitative computed tomography (DE-QCT) protocols, while increasing the accuracy of the measurement, reduce the precision and increase the radiation dose to the patient in comparison to single-energy quantitative computed tomography (SE-QCT) protocols. If the attenuation properties of the marrow for a particular bone can be shown to be relatively constant with age, it should be possible to use single-energy techniques without experiencing errors caused by unknown marrow composition. Marrow was extracted by centrifugation from 10 mm thick frontal sections of 34 adult cadaver calcanei (28 males, 6 females, ages 17-65 years). The density and energy-dependent linear X-ray attenuation coefficient of each marrow sample were determined. For purposes of comparing our results, we then computed an effective CT number at two GE CT/i scan voltages (80 and 120 kVp) for each specimen. The coefficients of variation for the density, CT number at 80 kVp and CT number at 120 kVp were each less than 1%, and the parameters did not change significantly with age (p > 0.2, r2 0.8 where the minimum acceptable r2 = 0.216). We could demonstrate no significant gender-associated differences in these relationships. These data suggest that calcaneal bone marrow X-ray attenuation properties and marrow density are essentially constant from the third through sixth decades of life.

  18. Early history of scapular fractures.

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    Bartoníček, Jan; Kozánek, Michal; Jupiter, Jesse B

    2016-01-01

    The first to use the term Scapula was Vesalius (1514-1564) and thus it has remained ever since. Probably the oldest injured scapula, from 250 million years ago, was described by Chinese authors of a skeletal examination of a fossilised remains of a dinosaur Yangchuanosaurus hepingensis. In humans, the oldest known scapular fractures date back to the prehistoric and early historic times. In ancient times, a fracture of acromion was described in the treatises of Hippocrates. Early modern history of the treatment of scapular fractures is closely interlinked with the history of the French surgery. The first to point out the existence of these fractures were Petit, Du Verney and Desault in the 18th century. The first study devoted solely to scapular fractures was published by Traugott Karl August Vogt in 1799. Thomas Callaway published in 1849 an extensive dissertation on injuries to the shoulder girdle, in which he discussed a number of cases known at that time. The first radiograph of a scapular fracture was published by Petty in 1907. Mayo Robson (1884), Lambotte (1913) and Lane (1914) were pioneers in the surgical treatment of these fractures, followed in 1923 by the French surgeons Lenormat, Dujarrier and Basset. The first internal fixation of the glenoid fossa, including a radiograph, was published by Fischer in 1939. PMID:26133287

  19. The treatment of subtrochanteric fractures

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    Vučetić Čedomir S.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Subtrochanteric fractures of the femur have a special place because of a significant number of complications following treatment. Powerful loading forces asymmetrically acting to this bone segment, as well as poor vascularization interfere with bone union. There are basically two current approaches in the fixation of subtrochanteric fractures; the first involves a plate with a compression screw and another one is intramedullary (IM nail, with two options: centromedullary (standard interlocking femoral nail and cephalomedullary femoral nail with two modifications, reconstructive and trochanteric. All IM nails may be used by open technique or closed minimal invasive method. IM nailing is favoured in view of a shorter operative time, shorter hospitalisation and complications. Indirect fracture reduction and knowledge of biology of bone fracture may result in full success without any bone graft.

  20. Fracture source

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    Full Text Available The fracture properties of many different types of fibers are covered in a timely new book that will prove to be a tremendous source of information and references for researchers in the wide and diverse field of fibers and composites, says Bill Clegg.

  1. Fluid Production Induced Stress Analysis Surrounding an Elliptic Fracture

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    Pandit, Harshad Rajendra

    Hydraulic fracturing is an effective technique used in well stimulation to increase petroleum well production. A combination of multi-stage hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling has led to the recent boom in shale gas production which has changed the energy landscape of North America. During the fracking process, highly pressurized mixture of water and proppants (sand and chemicals) is injected into to a crack, which fractures the surrounding rock structure and proppants help in keeping the fracture open. Over a longer period, however, these fractures tend to close due to the difference between the compressive stress exerted by the reservoir on the fracture and the fluid pressure inside the fracture. During production, fluid pressure inside the fracture is reduced further which can accelerate the closure of a fracture. In this thesis, we study the stress distribution around a hydraulic fracture caused by fluid production. It is shown that fluid flow can induce a very high hoop stress near the fracture tip. As the pressure gradient increases stress concentration increases. If a fracture is very thin, the flow induced stress along the fracture decreases, but the stress concentration at the fracture tip increases and become unbounded for an infinitely thin fracture. The result from the present study can be used for studying the fracture closure problem, and ultimately this in turn can lead to the development of better proppants so that prolific well production can be sustained for a long period of time.

  2. Fracture mechanics

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    This book entitle ''Fracture Mechanics'', the first one of the monograph ''Materiologie'' is geared to design engineers, material engineers, non destructive inspectors and safety experts. This book covers fracture mechanics in isotropic homogeneous continuum. Only the monotonic static loading is considered. This book intended to be a reference with the current state of the art gives the fundamental of the issues under concern and avoids the developments too complicated or not yet mastered for not making reading cumbersome. The subject matter is organized as going from an easy to a more complicated level and thus follows the chronological evolution in the field. Similarly the microscopic scale is considered before the macroscopic scale, the physical understanding of phenomena linked to the experimental observation of the material preceded the understanding of the macroscopic behaviour of structures. In this latter field the relatively recent contribution of finite element computations with some analogy with the experimental observation is determining. However more sensitive analysis is not skipped

  3. Como são tratadas as fraturas diafisárias fechadas do fêmur no Brasil? Estudo transversal How are closed femoral diaphyseal fractures treated in Brazil? A cross-sectional study

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    Robinson Esteves Santos Pires

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    Full Text Available Realizou-se um estudo transversal no 36º Congresso Brasileiro de Ortopedia e Traumatologia, onde foi pesquisada a opinião de ortopedistas brasileiros sobre aspectos do tratamento de fraturas diafisárias do fêmur no adulto. Quinhentos e sete questionários foram respondidos integralmente e encontrou-se concordância entre os ortopedistas em relação aos seguintes aspectos: configuração do traço de fratura e lesão de partes moles ou de estruturas neurovasculares como parâmetros principais para decisão sobre o tratamento; classificação das fraturas, em que a AO foi a mais adotada; haste intramedular anterógrada bloqueada fresada para tratamento das fraturas transversas e oblíquas curtas no istmo; placa ponte para o tratamento das fraturas com traço complexo; tração esquelética pré-operatória; infecção como complicação mais freqüente e uso de heparina de baixo peso molecular no pós-operatório. Houve conflito de opiniões nas seguintes questões: uso de mesa de tração para realização de osteossíntese intramedular; intervalo de tempo entre o trauma e a cirurgia; tempo de utilização de antibióticos e tempo médio de hospitalização. Em relação à literatura, houve concordância em relação aos parâmetros principais para decisão sobre o tratamento; método de fixação das fraturas com traço simples no istmo; classificação adotada; profilaxia antitrombótica. Diferiram da literatura questões como o método de fixação das fraturas com traço complexo; tempo de utilização dos antibióticos, intervalo médio entre o trauma e a osteossíntese e tempo de internação.A cross-sectional study was performed during the 36th Brazilian Congress of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, where the opinions of Brazilian orthopaedic surgeons addressing the treatment of femoral diaphyseal fractures in adults were surveyed. Five hundred and seven questionnaires were fully completed and the results show agreement in the following

  4. The effect of friction on simulated dynamic fracturing of rocks

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    During underground nuclear tests, rocks may fail by plastic yielding, which limits shear strength, or by tensile fracture, wherever maximum principal stress exceeds tensile strength. A third mode of failure exists due to friction along closed fractured surfaces. There, friction affects slipping and can thus limit stress. In this paper, we study the effect of friction on the simulated dynamic response of rocks to underground nuclear explosions. The coefficient of friction is the ratio of total shear stress applied to a closed fracture surface to normal applied compressive total stress. At low coefficients of friction, the evolving stress field tends to be weakened by frictional slip, which also eases closing of fractures. At high coefficients of friction, the stress field tends to be strengthened, where fractures have closed, but remains weak, where fractures are left open. 4 refs., 4 figs

  5. Elastic intramedullary nail for treatment of extremity fractures in children

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    MA Hong-ru; MA Shu-lin; ZHANG Wen-lu; YANG Jin-chang; CUI Hou-xuan

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To assess the clinical therapeutic effects of elastic intramedullary nail on extremity fractures in children. Methods: From June 2005 to March 2008, 40 children with extremity fractures were treated by elastic intramedullary nail, in whom femoral shaft fractures occurred in 26 cases, tibiofibular fractures in 8 cases, radial capitular fractures in 4 cases, ulnoradial fractures in 2 cases. All patients were treated by closed reduction and elastic intramedullary nail fixation. Results: All the fractures gained satisfactory reduc-tion and healing. The average duration needed for fracture healing was 1-2 months. Postoperative follow-up confirmed a sound functional recovery. Conclusions: The elastic intramedullary nail is a minimally invasive and effective surgical approach for treatment of extremity fractures in children. It allows early functional exercises after operation and secures a satisfactory bone union and functional recovery.

  6. Optimizing Shear Stresses at the Tip of a Hydraulic Fracture - What Is the Ideal Orientation of Natural Fractures with respect to Hydraulic Fracture?

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    Sheibani, F.; Hager, B. H.

    2015-12-01

    While many shale and unconventional plays are naturally fractured (or contain planes of weakness), these are often cemented and effectively impermeable to flow. Stress shadow behind the tip of a hydraulic fracture stablizes natural fractures. It essentially means that if impermeable natural fractures and weakness planes are not opened when the hydraulic fracture tip passes, they will remain closed and impermeable to flow. In this work a detailed and comprehensive evaluation of tip shear stresses and associated natural fracture or weakness plane shear is presented. From analytical work, the theoretical shear stresses from a fracture tip are first presented. The effect of fracture length, in-situ pore pressure, maximum horizontal remote stress, net pressure, natural fracture friction coefficient and the direction of natural fracture with respect to the hydraulic fracture on shear stimulation at the tip are calculated using the plane strain analytical solution of a 2-D fracture, and assuming simple linear coulomb friction law. Since slippage along natural fractures will locally violate the assumptions used in the analytical solutions and to incorporate the effect of weakness planes on stress-strain and displacement field, 2-D and 3-D finite element model (FEM) simulations are presented that build upon both the analytical and continuum solutions. FEM models are capable of numerically simulating the slippage through weakness planes by using contact elements. This advantage makes FEM tools very appropriate for synthetically generating microseismicity, which can then be evaluated for mode, focal mechanism, and magnitude. The results of the simulations highlight the critical parameters involved in shearing and opening cemented natural fractures in unconventionals - which is a critical component of stimulation and production optimization for these plays. According to the results, the ideal orientation of natural fractures with respect to hydraulic fracture from shear

  7. Open Calcaneus Fractures and Associated Injuries.

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    Worsham, Jacob R; Elliott, Mark R; Harris, Anthony M

    2016-01-01

    Open calcaneus fractures are usually the result of high-energy mechanisms and are associated with other orthopedic and whole body system injures. Understanding the difference between open versus closed fractures is essential for the provider, and they must be vigilant for the associated injuries that present with this condition. We performed a retrospective medical record review of 62 patients (64 calcaneus fractures) with open calcaneus fractures from January 2003 to January 2013 presenting at a level 1 trauma center. Sex, age, laterality, mechanism of injury, wound appearance, initial management, and associated injures were recorded. The most common mechanisms were motor vehicle accidents (35 [56.4%]) and falls from >6 ft (15 [24.1%]). Four (6.4%) patients had a posterior tibial artery transection. Eight (12.9%) patients had a femoral shaft fracture, 14 (22.5%) an ipsilateral ankle fracture, 16 (25.8%) a metatarsal fracture, and 11 (17.7%) had associated midfoot fractures. Of the midfoot fractures, 12 (19.3%) patients had a talus fracture and 5 (8.0%) a cuboid fracture. Spinal fractures were present in 9 (14.5%) of the patients, with lumbar fractures occurring in 6 (9.6%) patients. Fifteen (24.1%) patients had associated upper extremity fractures. Thirteen (20.9%) patients had an associated pulmonary injury, including 8 pneumothoraces. Ten (16.1%) patients had a closed head injury and 6 (9.6%) had an abdominal injury. Fifteen (23.4%) patients were treated with percutaneous wire fixation and 7 (10.9%) with open reduction internal fixation. A total of 44 (68.7%) fractures were treated without internal fixation. Overall, 5 (8.0%) patients with an open calcaneus fracture eventually underwent a below-the-knee amputation. Open calcaneus fractures are severe, high-energy injuries with the potential for considerable morbidity to the patient, given the high rate of concomitant orthopedic and whole body system injuries. Type III open injuries have an increased risk of

  8. Distal radius triplane fracture

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    Parkar, AAH; Marya, S.; Auplish, S

    2014-01-01

    A triplane fracture is so named because of the three planes traversed by the fracture line. These are physeal fractures that result from injury during the final phase of maturation and cessation of growth. This fracture pattern typically involves the distal tibia. We present a rare case of a triplane fracture involving the distal radius.

  9. Imaging of fractures of the lateral process of the talus, a frequently missed diagnosis

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    Bonvin, Florent; Montet, Xavier; Copercini, Michele; Martinoli, Carlo; Bianchi, Stefano E-mail: stefano.bianchi@hcuge.ch

    2003-07-01

    Although if fractures of the lateral process of the talus (LPT) have been considered rare the widespread diffusion in snowboard practice has resulted in a dramatic increase in their frequency. If unrecognized they can result in secondary osteoarthritis of the ankle and/or talo-calcaneal joints and chronic pain and stiffness. Due to the complex anatomy of the region, these fractures are difficult to detect by standard radiographs. A high degree of suspicion is then necessary to diagnose them. Once suspected on the basis of physical examination and/or non concluding radiographs, computed tomography (CT) is the best modality to confirm the diagnosis and accurately appreciate the number of the fragments and their position which have therapeutic consequences (medical vs. surgical treatment). A better knowledge of these lesions seems necessary to the general radiologist to allow an early diagnosis in order to avoid chronic sequel. The purpose of this article is to report three additional cases of LPT fractures and discuss their pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment.

  10. Finite Element Analysis of Foot and Ankle Impact Injury: Risk Evaluation of Calcaneus and Talus Fracture.

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    Duo Wai-Chi Wong

    Full Text Available Foot and ankle impact injury is common in geriatric trauma and often leads to fracture of rearfoot, including calcaneus and talus. The objective of this study was to assess the influence of foot impact on the risk of calcaneus and talus fracture via finite element analysis.A three-dimensional finite element model of foot and ankle was constructed based on magnetic resonance images of a female aged 28. The foot sustained a 7-kg passive impact through a foot plate. The simulated impact velocities were from 2.0 to 7.0 m/s with 1.0 m/s interval.At 5.0 m/s impact velocity, the maximum von Mises stress of the trabecular calcaneus and talus were 3.21MPa and 2.41MPa respectively, while that of the Tresca stress were 3.46MPa and 2.55MPa. About 94% and 84% of the trabecular calcaneus and talus exceeded the shear yielding stress, while 21.7% and 18.3% yielded the compressive stress. The peak stresses were distributed around the talocalcaneal articulation and the calcaneal tuberosity inferiorly, which corresponded to the common fracture sites.The prediction in this study showed that axial compressive impact at 5.0 m/s could produce considerable yielding of trabecular bone in both calcaneus and talus, dominantly by shear and compounded with compression that predispose the rearfoot in the risk of fracture. This study suggested the injury pattern and fracture mode of high energy trauma that provides insights in injury prevention and fracture management.

  11. Detection of radiographically occult-ankle fractures. Positive predictive value of post-traumatic soft-tissue swelling

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    The objective of this study was to assess the value of soft-tissue swelling on plain radiographs as a predictor of radiographically occult fracture, after acute ankle injury (trauma). Patients with acute ankle trauma and plain radiographic evidence of soft-tissue swelling were included in this study. Patients were excluded if ankle trauma was sustained more than 48 hours previously or if fracture was visible on plain radiographs. All subjects (n=25) underwent computed tomography (CT) of the ankle in sagittal and coronal planes. Size of soft-tissue swelling was measured from initial Antero-posterior (AP) radiographs. The subjects in the study were placed into two groups according to whether a fracture was identified on CT or not. The results identified that those subjects without a fracture demonstrated by CT, had a soft-tissue swelling of less than 12.6 mm, while those with over 17.1mm swelling, showed a fracture on CT. Twelve patients (48 per cent) had radiographically occult fractures identified with CT. Fracture sites included: Talus/Talar Dome (n=9), posterior or lateral malleolos (n=2), distal tibia/fibula (n=1). CT detected significant soft-tissue injuries in six patients (24 per cent), composed of damaged anterior talo-fibular ligament (n=4), torn flexor tendons (n=1), and damaged fibular calcaneal ligament (n=1). One patient also showed gas in the talar dome. This study concludes that presence of a large soft-tissue swelling on plain radiographs after acute ankle trauma suggests an underlying fracture. A soft-tissue swelling of >15 mm is a reasonable threshold to prompt further imaging. Helical computed tomography provides good visualisation of subtle bone injuries and may detect clinically important soft-tissue injuries. While the study has a small sample, there is clear evidence that there is a trend worth investigating. Future research will seek to investigate a larger sample. Copyright (1999) Australian Institute of Radiography

  12. PRODUCTIVITY OF FRACTURED HORIZONTAL WELLS

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    Stjepan Antolović

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The interest and performance of horizontal drilling and completions has increased during the last two decades. Horizontal wells are advantageous compared to vertical wells in thin reservoirs, reservoirs with favorable vertical permeability and reservoirs with water and gas coning problems. In many reservoirs, the ratio of horizontal permeability to the vertical permeability is substantially larger than one and often is close to 10. Thus, these reservoirs are very good candidates for hydraulic fracturing. By hydraulic fracturing one or more fractures are created, which can be longitudinal or orthogonal. By that, flow is altered and it mostly conducts horizontally through reservoir toward horizontal wellbore. With this altered flow, fluid is produced faster, with less pressure loss by fluid unit of produced fluid. Some of the existing mathematical models to determine the productivity of multifractured horizontal wells are presented in this work (the paper is published in Croatian.

  13. 新型闭合交汇穿钉外固定支架修复肱骨近端骨折:6个月随访%Novel closed intersection nailing external fixation repairs proximal humerus fractures:6-month follow-up

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    黄海晶; 何锦泉; 王捷; 金鸿宾

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND:Proximal humeral fracture fixation can provide a more stable fixation, has a stronger biomechanical stability, but open reduction and fixation wil cause extensive soft tissue dissection and heavy damage to the rotator cuff. Closed wear nail has a high failure rate of fixation, fracture re-displacement and other defects. OBJECTIVE:To investigate the technical methods of applying closed reduction, percutaneous pinning anatomical external fixation in repair of proximal humeral fracture, and to analyze the application characteristics and safety in different types of proximal humerus fractures. METHODS:Based on the special anatomical structure of proximal humerus, a shoulder external fixator has been independently researched and developed by author. The clinical data of 23 patients treated with closed reduction and percutaneous pinning anatomical external fixation (homemade) because of proximal humerus fracture at the Department of Traumatology, Tianjin Hospital during March 2010 to March 2014 were retrospectively analyzed. In accordance with Neer classification type, there were 19 cases of 2-part fractures of the humerus, 4 cases of 3-parts fractures of the humerus, with greater tuberosity avulsion fractures, which were al fresh fractures and were treated with closed reduction pinning and external fixation. Regular fol ow-up was conducted after treatment. Radiographic assessment, pain and function evaluation were conducted during fol ow-up, so as to work out the functional recovery, determine the final repair result. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:Al patients were fol owed up for 6-24 months. Total y 23 patients initial y healed in fracture within 8 weeks. After treatment, visual analogue pain score of patients was 0.8 points. In the final fol ow-up, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Association of shoulder function scoring system (ASES) score was an average of (91.7±2.6) points, Constant shoulder function score was an average of (88.3±4.7) points, the

  14. Interpretation of pre- and post-fracturing well tests in a geothermal reservoir

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    Arihara, Norio; Fukagawa, Hiroshi; Hyodo, Masami; Abbaszadeh, Maghsood

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    Pre- and post-fracturing well tests in TG-2 well drilled next to the Matsukawa field are interpreted for evaluating effects of a massive hydraulic fracturing treatment. The interpreted data include multiple-step rate tests, a two-step rate test, and falloff tests. Pressure behaviors of massive hydraulic fracturing are matched by a simulator of dynamic fracture option. Fracture parting pressures can be evaluated from the multiple-step rate test data. The multiple-step rates during the massive hydraulic fracturing treatment show that multiple fractures have been induced in sequence. Although the pre-fracturing falloff tests are too short, fracture propagation can be evaluated qualitatively from the falloff data. Interpretation of the falloff test immediately after the MHF suggests that extensive fractures have been created by the MHF, which is verified by simulation. The post-fracturing falloff tests show that the fractures created by the MHF have closed to a great degree.

  15. Identifying Fracture Types and Relative Ages Using Fluid Inclusion Stratigraphy

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    Dilley, Lorie M.; Norman, David; Owens, Lara

    2008-06-30

    Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) are designed to recover heat from the subsurface by mechanically creating fractures in subsurface rocks. Understanding the life cycle of a fracture in a geothermal system is fundamental to the development of techniques for creating fractures. Recognizing the stage of a fracture, whether it is currently open and transmitting fluids; if it recently has closed; or if it is an ancient fracture would assist in targeting areas for further fracture stimulation. Identifying dense fracture areas as well as large open fractures from small fracture systems will also assist in fracture stimulation selection. Geothermal systems are constantly generating fractures, and fluids and gases passing through rocks in these systems leave small fluid and gas samples trapped in healed microfractures. Fluid inclusions trapped in minerals as the fractures heal are characteristic of the fluids that formed them, and this signature can be seen in fluid inclusion gas analysis. Our hypothesis is that fractures over their life cycle have different chemical signatures that we can see in fluid inclusion gas analysis and by using the new method of fluid inclusion stratigraphy (FIS) the different stages of fractures, along with an estimate of fracture size can be identified during the well drilling process. We have shown with this study that it is possible to identify fracture locations using FIS and that different fractures have different chemical signatures however that signature is somewhat dependent upon rock type. Open, active fractures correlate with increase concentrations of CO2, N2, Ar, and to a lesser extent H2O. These fractures would be targets for further enhancement. The usefulness of this method is that it is low cost alternative to current well logging techniques and can be done as a well is being drilled.

  16. Evaluation of osteoporotic fractures in the group of woman over 50 years of age – Comparison of tools FRAX® BMD versus FRAX® BMI

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    Full Text Available Background: The aim of the project is to identify the risk of osteoporotic fractures in women aged over 50, the evaluation of FRAX® BMD and FRAX® BMI in women with and without osteoporotic fractures and the proposal of therapeutic starting points for treatment of osteoporosis. Material and Methods: A group of 1014 women aged 50-89, living in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie province, was investigated. The analysis was based on the WHO definition of osteoporosis. Calculations of 10-year absolute risk of major osteoporotic fractures (AR-10 MOF Fx and femoral neck fractures (AR-10 FN Fx were done using Polish 3.3 version of FRAX® tool. The analysis of fracture risk employed the logistic regression method. Results: A statistically significant relationship was found between the risk of osteoporotic fractures and age, femoral neck BMD, a history of previous osteoporotic fractures, estimated calcaneal BMD and vertebral column BMD. The differences between 10-year absolute risk of major osteoporotic fractures BMD and BMI was small, which means that FRAX® BMI might be a useful tool for GPs and occupational medicine specialists. Conclusions: A high usefulness of the FRAX® BMI tool for evaluating the risk of major osteoporotic fractures provide a new possibility of identifying women at risk of such events. The mean value of 10-year absolute risk of major osteoporotic fractures for FRAX® BMD and BMI was identified as 10% and 12%, respectively and these values were proposed as therapeutic starting points for treatment of osteoporosis in women living in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie province. Med Pr 2013;64(3:327–333

  17. Surgical Treatment of Calcaneal Spur. Tratamiento quirúrgico del espolón calcáneo.

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    Background: Pain in the plantar region of the heel is technically known as talalgia, and it is a very frequent complaint in the orthopaedic service in Guyana. Due to its frequent mortality, the current investigation was carried out. Objectives: To characterize the application of the surgical treatment to a group of patients in Guyana. Method: 70 patients surgically treated were studied presenting rebel talalgia with no responses to the conservative treatment. Age, sex, race, educational level, antibiotic prophylaxis, final outcomes, and patient's satisfaction with the treatment were the set of variables selected. Results: High morbidity of the heel pain syndrome was evidenced in this studied. The most frequent cause was the calcaneal spur. There is predominance in female Indian race. The high influenced of the socio-cultural factor in the genesis of this disease is proved as well as the impossibility of carrying out the conservative treatment due to high cost of medications. Conclusions: The efficacy achieved with combined treatment technique allowed the results obtained. All this contributed to achieve high satisfaction levels.

    Fundamento: El dolor en la región plantar del talón, conocido técnicamente como talalgia, es motivo frecuente de consulta en el servicio de ortopedia de la República de Guyana. Objetivo: Caracterizar la aplicación del tratamiento quirúrgico a un grupo de pacientes de la República Cooperativa de Guyana, con diagnóstico de espolón calcáneo. Método: Se realizó un estudio descriptivo longitudinal de 70 pacientes tratados quirúrgicamente, por presentar talalgia rebelde al tratamiento conservador; las variables analizadas fueron: edad, sexo, raza, nivel cultural, profilaxis antibiótica y satisfacción con el resultado del tratamiento. Resultados: Se

  18. Fracture diagnostics with tube wave reflection logs

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    This paper reports on the Tube Wave Reflection Log (TWRL) which is acoustic logging method which provides information about the height, location and conductivity of hydraulically induced fractures behind perforated casing. The TWRL tool consists of a transmitter and closely spaced receiver. The transmitter is driven with a short, low frequency tone burst to generate long wavelength tube waves which are little attenuated in unperforated casing. They are partially reflected when they pass perforated intervals communicating with a hydraulically induced fracture. The tool listens for such reflections for 0.1 seconds following each excitation burst. As the tool is moved uphole at logging speed, the transmitter is excited at each foot of depth. VDL displays of the TWRL records provide reflection traces whose projections define the uppermost and lower-most perforations communicating with the fracture. The strength of the reflections depends on the ease of fluid flow into the fracture and thus, is an indicator of fracture conductivity

  19. Fracture surface statistics of filled elastomers

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    Horst, Thomas; Reincke, Katrin; Ilisch, Sybill; Heinrich, Gert; Grellmann, Wolfgang

    2009-10-01

    Roughness profiles of fracture surfaces formed as a result of the fast crack propagation through a filled rubber were analyzed by means of the height-height correlation functions. The fracture surface was found to be anisotropic in a certain domain of values of length scales; i.e., different values of roughness exponents are observed across and along the crack propagation direction. A two-dimensional analysis reveals a Family-Vicsek scaling in this domain characterized as well by two exponents. These characteristic values of the roughness exponents are found to be close to those observed for fracture surfaces of certain nonrubber materials at length scales smaller than the size of the fracture process zone. Hence, a ductile fracture process can be surmised to occur within the domain of the corresponding length scales.

  20. Spontaneous stress fractures of the femoral neck

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    The diagnosis of spontaneous stress fractures of the femoral neck, a form of insufficiency stress fracture, can be missed easily. Patients present with unremitting hip pain without a history of significant trauma or unusual increase in daily activity. The initial radiographic features include osteoporosis, minor alterations of trabecular alignment, minimal extracortical or endosteal reaction, and lucent fracture lines. Initial scintigraphic examinations performed in three of four patients showed focal increased radionuclide uptake in two and no focal abnormality in one. Emphasis is placed on the paucity of early findings. Evaluation of patients with persistent hip pain requires a high degree of clinical suspicion and close follow-up; the sequelae of undetected spontaneous fractures are subcapital fracture with displacement, angular deformity, and a vascular necrosis of the femoral head

  1. Observation of the efficacy of closed reduction and lateral cross joint Kirschner wire fixation in the treatment of children with supracondylar fractures%闭合复位配合外侧克氏针交叉固定治疗儿童肱骨髁上骨折疗效观察

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    周晓康; 郝建宗; 甄磊; 何明哲

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To study the clinical efficacy of closed reduction and lateral cross joint Kirschner wire fixation in the treatment of children with supracondylar fractures. METHODS 67 children with the closed reduction and percutaneous Kirschner cross-fixation treatment in the humeral condyle fracture and their follow-up from July 2008 to January 2012 were chosen as the research objects. The fractures for the patients were closed fractures. Took C-arm X-ray machine when anesthesia to guide fracture reduction, of which 30 cases were treated with percutaneous Kirschner wire lateral cross fixed, nine cases were with simple closed reduction and plaster external fixation, and 28 cases were with percutaneous Kirschner wire fixation for the treatment. The data in follow-up were taken for statistics. RESULTS 58 patients were followed up, they had reached a degree of clinical healing 4 to 5 weeks after surgery. In the performance score for flunn elbow, the Kirschner lateral cross-fixed group were excellent in 14 cases (46.67%), the good was in 10 cases (33.33%), the general was in five cases (16.67%), and the poor was in 1 case (3.33%). In the plaster external fixation group, the excellent was in 3 cases (33.33%), the good was in 4 cases (44.44%), the usual was in two cases (22.22%), the poor was in one case (11.11%). In the Kirschner wire fixation group, the excellent was in 12 cases (42.85%), the good was in 9 cases (32.14%), the usual was in 5 cases (17.86%), and the poor was in 1 case (3.57%). The treatment efficiency for Kirschner lateral cross-fixation group and Kirschner wire fixation group had a significant difference (χ2 = 22.858, P< 0.05). CONCLUSION The application of joint closed reduction and Kirschner wire lateral cross-fixation in the treatment of children with supracondylar fracture trauma, it is a reliable fixation and can be achieved more significant than the Kirschner wire fixation treatment in the clinical efficacy. It gets a good elbow function, and reduce

  2. 肌皮瓣移植治疗跟骨慢性骨髓炎并皮肤缺损的护理%Nursing of the Chronic Calcaneal Osteomyelitis Combined with Soft Tissue Defect Repair with Myocutaneous Flaps

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    严若芬; 骆渊城; 于德美

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨肌皮瓣移植治疗跟骨慢性骨髓炎并皮肤缺损的护理方法.方法 经过合理的术前指导,精心术后皮瓣血运观察,及时有效的处理血管危象,并做好持续冲洗引流的护理,观察皮瓣成活及慢性跟骨骨髓炎的愈合情况.结果 肌皮瓣移植治疗跟骨慢性骨髓炎并皮肤缺损的患者,皮瓣完全成活,伤口愈合,骨髓炎治愈无复发,患者术后功能恢复良好.结论 正确的术前指导,严格的术后观察,及时有效的处理,正确的术后持续冲洗,是肌皮瓣移植治疗跟骨慢性骨髓炎并皮肤缺损护理的关键.%Objective:Study on the nursing methods of the chronic calcaneal osteomyelitis combined with soft tissue defect repair with myocutaneous flaps Methods:By reasonable of preoperative instruction, elaborate flap blood revolve postoperative, timely and effective management of vascular crisis, and doing well the nurse of continuous irrigation, observed flap surviving and chronic calcaneal osteomyelitis healing Results:all cases transplanted myocutaneous flaps survived, the wound healed, without recurrence of calcaneal osteomyelitis. The function recovery is satisfactory. Conclusion:The key successful factors for the nursing of myocutaneous flap repairing chronic calcaneal osteomyelitis with soft tissue defect is correct preoperative instruction strict postoperative observation timely and effective management right continuous irrigation.

  3. Combined radial and median nerve injury in diaphyseal fracture of humerus: a case report

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    Rohilla Rajesh; Singla Rohit; Magu Narender Kumar; Singh Roop; Devgun Ashish; Mukhopadhyay Reetadyuti; Gogna Paritosh

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    【Abstract】Radial nerve palsy is the most common neurological involvement in humeral shaft fractures. But combined radial and median nerve injury in a closed dia- physeal fracture of the humerus is rare. Combined injury to both radial and median nerve can cause significant disability. A detailed clinical examination is therefore necessary fol- lowing humeral shaft fractures. We report a patient with closed diaphyseal humeral fracture (AO 12A-2.3) together with radial an...

  4. Recognizing and reporting vertebral fractures: reducing the risk of future osteoporotic fractures

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    Given the increasing evidence that vertebral fractures are underdiagnosed and not acted on, Osteoporosis Canada and the Canadian Association of Radiologists initiated a project to develop and publish a set of recommendations to promote and facilitate the diagnosis and reporting of vertebral fractures. The identification of spinal fractures is not uniform. More than 65% of vertebral fractures cause no symptoms. It is also apparent that vertebral fractures are inadequately recognized when the opportunity for diagnosis arises fortuitously. It is to patients' benefit that radiologists report vertebral fractures evident on a chest or other radiograph, no matter how incidental to the immediate clinical indication for the examination. The present recommendations can help to close the gap in care in recognizing and treating vertebral fractures, to prevent future fractures and thus reduce the burden of osteoporosis-related morbidity and mortality, as well as fracture-related costs to the health care system. Several studies indicate that a gap exists in regard to the diagnosis of vertebral fractures and the clinical response following such diagnosis. All recommendations presented here are based on consensus. These recommendations were developed by a multidisciplinary working group under the auspices of the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoporosis Canada and the Canadian Association of Radiologists. Prevalent vertebral fractures have important clinical implications in terms of future fracture risk. Recognizing and reporting fractures incidental to radiologic examinations done for other reasons has the potential to reduce health care costs by initiating further steps in osteoporosis diagnosis and appropriate therapy. Physicians should be aware of the importance of vertebral fracture diagnosis in assessing future osteoporotic fracture risk. Vertebral fractures incidental to radiologic examinations done for other reasons should be identified and reported. Vertebral fractures

  5. Assessment of fracture risk

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    Kanis, John A. [WHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases, University of Sheffield Medical School, Beech Hill Road, Sheffield S10 2RX (United Kingdom)], E-mail: w.j.pontefract@sheffield.ac.uk; Johansson, Helena; Oden, Anders [WHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases, University of Sheffield Medical School, Beech Hill Road, Sheffield S10 2RX (United Kingdom); McCloskey, Eugene V. [WHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases, University of Sheffield Medical School, Beech Hill Road, Sheffield S10 2RX (United Kingdom); Osteoporosis Centre, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield (United Kingdom)

    2009-09-15

    Fractures are a common complication of osteoporosis. Although osteoporosis is defined by bone mineral density at the femoral neck, other sites and validated techniques can be used for fracture prediction. Several clinical risk factors contribute to fracture risk independently of BMD. These include age, prior fragility fracture, smoking, excess alcohol, family history of hip fracture, rheumatoid arthritis and the use of oral glucocorticoids. These risk factors in conjunction with BMD can be integrated to provide estimates of fracture probability using the FRAX tool. Fracture probability rather than BMD alone can be used to fashion strategies for the assessment and treatment of osteoporosis.

  6. Assessment of fracture risk

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    Fractures are a common complication of osteoporosis. Although osteoporosis is defined by bone mineral density at the femoral neck, other sites and validated techniques can be used for fracture prediction. Several clinical risk factors contribute to fracture risk independently of BMD. These include age, prior fragility fracture, smoking, excess alcohol, family history of hip fracture, rheumatoid arthritis and the use of oral glucocorticoids. These risk factors in conjunction with BMD can be integrated to provide estimates of fracture probability using the FRAX tool. Fracture probability rather than BMD alone can be used to fashion strategies for the assessment and treatment of osteoporosis.

  7. Fracture and Medium Modeling, by Analizing Hidraulic Fracturing Induced Microseismicity

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    Gomez Alba, S.; Vargas Jiménez, C. A.

    2014-12-01

    Hydraulic fracturing is an essential technology for most unconventional hydrocarbon resources and many conventional ones as well. The primary limitation on the improvement and optimization of the fracturing process is the minimal access to observe the behavior of the fracture in the subsurface. Without direct observational evidence, hypothetical mechanisms must be assumed and then tested for their validity with indirect information such as wellbore measurements, indirect production and pressure behavior. One of the most important sources of information today is the relation made between micro seismic source mechanisms and fracture behavior. Hydraulic fractures induce some level of micro seismicity when the stress conditions in the Earth are altered by changes in stress during the operations. The result is the sudden movement between rock elements and the radiation of both compressional and shear energy in a seismic range that can be detected and recorded with sensitive receivers. The objective of this work is to provide reasonable information when applying inversion methods in order to estimate the vertical and horizontal spatial heterogeneities in medium and energy radiation distribution of microseisms while fracking operations. The method consist in record microseisms at a previous lineal array of stations (triaxial accelerometers) which are located close to the source coordinates and cover the area of study. The analysis clarify some ideas about what information can be gained from the micro seismic source data and according to the obtained results, what kind of comparisons and associations might be done to evaluate the fracking performance operation. Non uniformities in medium such as faults would be revealed by interpreted scattering coefficients. Fracture properties like distance, velocity and orientation would be also determined by analyzing energy radiation.

  8. 经皮闭合复位锁定钢板和交锁髓内钉及切开复位钢板置入修复胫骨中下段骨折:生物稳定性比较%Percutaneous closed reduction locking compression plate, percutaneous closed reduction interlocking intramedullary nail and open reduction plate in the treatment of tibial fracture:comparison of biostability

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    陈刚; 钱明权; 朱国兴; 施克勤

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND:The distal tibia shaft fracture is prone to be comminuted after trauma due to the absence of muscle covering and the thin soft tissue, and intraoperative reduction and fixation are difficult. Clinical efficacy is closely related to the type of fracture, degree of soft tissue injury, choice of therapy and internal fixation. Internal fixation is the main treatment for the distal tibia shaft fracture, and a microinvasive, strong fixation is the focus of tibial fracture treatment although many methods for internal fixation are present. OBJECTIVE:To explore clinical efficacy of the treatment of distal tibia shaft fracture using percutaneous locking compression plate, interlocking intramedul ary nail and open reduction with internal fixation. METHODS:A total of 180 patients with distal tibia shaft fracture were randomized into three groups, receiving internal fixation treatment using percutaneous locking compression plate, interlocking intramedul ary nail or open reduction. Al patients were fol owed up for 12-24 months. The clinical outcomes of the treated patients in three groups were compared through the observations of incision length, operation time, intraoperative fluoroscopy time, intraoperative blood loss, complications after fixation. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:After excluding the loss of fol ow-up, 56 cases receiving percutaneous locking compression plate, 52 cases receiving interlocking intramedul ary nail and 48 cases receiving open reduction were involved in the final analysis. The incision length and intraoperative blood loss in the groups of percutaneous locking compression plate and interlocking intramedul ary nail were significantly better than that of open reduction (P  目的:比较经皮闭合复位锁定钢板、经皮闭合复位交锁髓内钉与切开复位钢板置入内固定修复胫骨中下段骨折的临床效果。  方法:入选180例胫骨中下段骨折患者,随机分为经皮闭合复位锁定钢板组、经皮闭

  9. Nonunion of forearm fracture: a rare instance in a toddler

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    Saini Pramod

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available 【Abstract】 When compared to adults, pediatric frac-tures unite readily and nonunion is quite rare. Nonunion is often associated with open fractures, operative interventions, infection, pediatric osteogenesis imperfecta and neurofibromatosis. There are only a few studies and reports mentioning nonunion following conservative ma-nagement of closed pediatric fractures. We report here a case of an eighteen-month-old child who developed non-union following treatment of fracture of both forearm bones with cast and was successfully treated with plating. To the best of our knowledge, this is the youngest reported case of nonunion following conservative management of closed diaphyseal pediatric fracture. Key words: Forearm; Fractures, bone; Child

  10. COMPARATIVE STUDY ON CLOSED REDUCTION WITH ELASTIC INTRAMEDULLARY NAILING AND OPEN REDUCTION WITH Kirschner WIRE FIXATIONS IN TREATMENT OF RADIAL NECK FRACTURES IN CHILDREN%闭合复位弹性髓内钉固定术与切开复位克氏针固定术治疗儿童桡骨颈骨折疗效比较

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    孙建华; 张新虎; 周连军; 范秋生; 刘斌

    2012-01-01

    目的 通过与切开复位克氏针固定术比较,分析闭合复位弹性髓内钉固定术治疗O'Brien Ⅲ型儿童桡骨颈骨折的疗效. 方法 2007年11月- 2010年11月,收治31例O'Brien Ⅲ型桡骨颈骨折患儿,其中18例采用闭合复位弹性髓内钉固定术治疗(闭合复位组),13例采用切开复位克氏针固定术治疗(切开复位组).两组患儿性别、年龄、病程、骨折分型等一般资料比较,差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05),具有可比性. 结果 术后两组患儿切口均Ⅰ期愈合.31例均获随访,随访时间1~2年,平均1.5年.闭合复位组2例发生伸直受限;切开复位组6例发生屈、伸或旋前功能受限.末次随访时,闭合复位组肘关节屈、伸、旋前、旋后活动度与健侧比较,差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05);切开复位组除旋后活动度与健侧相似(P>0.05)外,屈、伸、旋前活动度均小于健侧,差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05).肘关节功能根据Metaizeau等的标准评定,闭合复位组获优16例,良2例;切开复位组获优4例,良4例,一般3例,差2例;组间比较差异有统计学意义(Z=3.435,P=0.001).X线片复查示,术后内固定物取出前两组骨折均解剖复位;取出后切开复位组4例发生骨折再移位,闭合复位组无骨折再移位.随访期间均无桡骨头骺缺血性坏死改变. 结论 与切开复位克氏针固定术比较,闭合复位弹性髓内钉固定术治疗O'Brien Ⅲ型儿童桡骨颈骨折具有微创、手术操作简便、固定牢固、允许术后早期活动、并发症少等优点,是一种较好的治疗方法.%Objective To analyze and compare the effectiveness of the closed reduction with elastic intramedullary nailing and open reduction with Kirschner wire fixations in the treatment of O'Brien type III radial neck fractures in children. Methods Between November 2007 and November 2010, 31 children with O'Brien type III radial neck fractures were treated by the closed

  11. Imaging of vertebral fractures

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Vertebral fracture is a common clinical problem. Osteoporosis is the leading cause of non-traumatic vertebral fracture. Often, vertebral fractures are not clinically suspected due to nonspecific presentation and are overlooked during routine interpretation of radiologic investigations. Moreover, once detected, many a times the radiologist fails to convey to the clinician in a meaningful way. Hence, vertebral fractures are a constant cause of morbidity and mortality. Presence of vertebral fracture increases the chance of fracture in another vertebra and also increases the risk of subsequent hip fracture. Early detection can lead to immediate therapeutic intervention improving further the quality of life. So, in this review, we wish to present a comprehensive overview of vertebral fracture imaging along with an algorithm of evaluation of vertebral fractures.

  12. Fracture Criterion for Fracture Mechanics of Magnets

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    潘灏; 杨文涛

    2003-01-01

    The applicability and limitation of some fracture criteria in the fracture mechanics of magnets are studied.It is shown that the magnetic field intensity factor can be used as a fracture criterion when the crack in a magnet is only affected by a magnetic field. For some magnetostrictive materials in which the components of magnetostriction strain do not satisfy the compatibility equation of deformation, the stress intensity factor can no longer be effectively applicable as a fracture criterion when the crack in a magnet is affected by a magnetic field and mechanical loads simultaneously.

  13. Mandibular Ramus Fracture: An Overview of Rare Anatomical Subsite

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    Aim. The present study aims at exemplifying the incidence, and aetiology and analyses the outcomes of open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) over closed treatment of mandibular ramus fractures. Patients and Method. In the present retrospective analysis of mandibular fracture patients, variables analysed were age, sex, cause of injury, pretreatment occlusion, treatment given, period of maxillo-mandibular fixation (MMF), and posttreatment occlusion. Results. Out of 388 mandibular fractures tre...

  14. The ESR1 (6q25 locus is associated with calcaneal ultrasound parameters and radial volumetric bone mineral density in European men.

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: Genome-wide association studies (GWAS have identified 6q25, which incorporates the oestrogen receptor α gene (ESR1, as a quantitative trait locus for areal bone mineral density (BMD(a of the hip and lumbar spine. The aim of this study was to determine the influence of this locus on other bone health outcomes; calcaneal ultrasound (QUS parameters, radial peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT parameters and markers of bone turnover in a population sample of European men. METHODS: Eight single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP in the 6q25 locus were genotyped in men aged 40-79 years from 7 European countries, participating in the European Male Ageing Study (EMAS. The associations between SNPs and measured bone parameters were tested under an additive genetic model adjusting for centre using linear regression. RESULTS: 2468 men, mean (SD aged 59.9 (11.1 years had QUS measurements performed and bone turnover marker levels measured. A subset of 628 men had DXA and pQCT measurements. Multiple independent SNPs showed significant associations with BMD using all three measurement techniques. Most notably, rs1999805 was associated with a 0.10 SD (95%CI 0.05, 0.16; p = 0.0001 lower estimated BMD at the calcaneus, a 0.14 SD (95%CI 0.05, 0.24; p = 0.004 lower total hip BMD(a, a 0.12 SD (95%CI 0.02, 0.23; p = 0.026 lower lumbar spine BMD(a and a 0.18 SD (95%CI 0.06, 0.29; p = 0.003 lower trabecular BMD at the distal radius for each copy of the minor allele. There was no association with serum levels of bone turnover markers and a single SNP which was associated with cortical density was also associated with cortical BMC and thickness. CONCLUSIONS: Our data replicate previous associations found between SNPs in the 6q25 locus and BMD(a at the hip and extend these data to include associations with calcaneal ultrasound parameters and radial volumetric BMD.

  15. Differentiation of crack branching types in fractured glass

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    Rabinovitch, A.; Bahat, D.

    2011-07-01

    The influence of different physical factors on the fracture branching phenomenon was investigated on a fractured brittle (glass) bottle. A fully branched fracture tree consisting of 144 initiation sites was induced. Branching sites were concentrated in two zones: close to the fracture origin and further away from it along the bottle axis, which was shown to be related to reflection of transverse acoustic waves from the bottle's shoulder. Two types of branching formed, complete full branches (FB), and attempted branching (AB) when one branch was shorter than 5 mm. Branching in the first zone was shown to be regulated by both the distribution of flaw lengths and the distances from each FB to its nearest fracture neighbor. Fracture spacing was found to be proportional to the stress at the propagating fracture tips.

  16. Introduction into fracture mechanics

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    The present report gives an introduction to the basic principles of fracture mechanics. First the behaviour of a linear elastic body containing a crack is described. This is followed by a survey of experimental methods for the determination of fracture mechanics properties, like R-curve and fatigue crack growth. Two chapters deal with the most important parameters affecting stable crack growth and fracture toughness. The knowledge of the limits of applicability of linear eleastic fracture mechanics and of the concepts of elastic-plastic fracture mechanics is of particular importance. The last chapter deals with some basic procedures for the practical application of fracture mechanics. (orig.)

  17. Fracture Variability and Hydrologic Implications at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    An understanding of the role of fractures at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, is needed to evaluate the suitability of the site to host a high-level nuclear waste repository. Current infiltration rates at Yucca Mountain require water to move through some fractures in the unsaturated welded units because the matrix porosity and permeability of these units are too small to accommodate the total flow. Though only about 20% of connected fractures are estimated to actively transmit water, flow and transport within fractures can greatly affect repository performance because fractures could be fast pathways for migration of radioactive particles. Under the current design, the potential repository would be located in a densely welded tuff sequence with highly variable fracture characteristics. This variability, resulting largely from the presence of lithophysal cavities, creates heterogeneous flow patterns through the unsaturated zone. Lithophysal cavities interrupt the continuity of fractures they intersect and may locally influence fracture propagation. In welded nonlithophysal zones, fractures tend to be longer and more widely spaced than in lithophysal zones, which generally display a greater number of closely spaced, short-length fractures. Seepage of water into potential waste-emplacement drifts will be affected by the fracture characteristics within the surrounding rock wall. Fractures with sufficient capillary suction, permeability, and lateral connectivity can enhance capillary barrier effects and lateral diversion around drift openings, thus reducing the potential for seepage. Lithophysal units, which have high secondary permeability owing to an abundance of well-connected small fractures capable of accommodating lateral flow, may be more favorable for repository performance (i. e., promote less seepage) than nonlithophysal units. Conceptual models for fracture flow based on mapped geometric and hydrologic fracture characteristics are presented, emphasizing the relevant

  18. Percutaneous AO Kirschner wire plus tension band wire fixation for patella closed transverse fracture%经皮穿刺克氏针加张力带钢丝固定治疗闭合性髌骨横断骨折

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    赵斌修; 王坤正

    2007-01-01

    手术方法具有创伤小、恢复快及术区美观等特点,并能允许膝关节早期活动,临床疗效满意.%BACKGROUND: Tension band suture fixation is always used in treating patellar fracture, and its modified method of Kirschner wire plus tension band steel-wire is also widely applied. But because the traditional surgery always causes massive incision and scar formation, it affects the appearance and function of knee joint.OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical curative effect of percutaneous puncture plus tension zone steel-wire fixation for the treatment of patella closed transverse fracture.DESIGN: Retrospective analysis:SETTING: Second Hospital of Medical College, Xi'an Jiaotong University.PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-nine patients with closed patellar transverse fracture admitted by Department of Orthopedics,Medical College of Xi'an Jiaotong University were selected from an average age of 36 years old. Only people that were diagnosed by X-ray as closed patellar transverse fracture were enrolled, and the informed consent was obtained from them.jostled until resetting, and then the fractured pieces were clamped by a clavical clamp to fix. Two incisions were made at the upper and lower ends of patella, and two were penetrated from the incision until its tip out of the lower hole of the same Kirschner wire under skin. The soft steel wire was drawn tightly and bended along the tip of Kirschner wire. The three-grading method, and the recovery of patients in 4 years after operation was evaluated according to the composite evaluation means about the knee joint established by Xu et al (pain, movement range of knee joint and reset of the fracture in patellar face. Meanwhile, the postoperative complications were observed.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Wound healing, postoperative functional recovery and complications of patients.cases scored in grade 1, accounted for 93%, 2 cases in grade 2, accounted for 7%, who were recovered after change of means about the knee joint

  19. Clinical study on closed reduction and internal & external fixation combined with TCM rehabilitation in the treatment of proximal humeral fractures%闭合复位内外固定结合中医康复治疗肱骨近端骨折的临床研究

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    李卫国; 孙献武; 谭训香; 刘双双

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To observe the curative effect of closed reduction and internal &external fixation combined with TCMrehabilita-tion in the treatment of proximal humeral fractures.Methods:Eighty-seven patients with proximal humeral fractures enrolled in the study were randomly divided into 2 groups,and were treated with closed reduction and internal &external fixation.After the surgery,the patients were treated with TCMrehabilitation(TCM rehabilitation group)and conventional rehabilitation(conventional rehabilitation group)respec-tively.The patients were followed up,and the fracture healing time and the shoulder function recovery time were observed and compared be-tween the 2 groups.After 20 -week treatment,the curative effect was evaluated by using Constant -Murley shoulder joint scoring criterion. Results:The patients in the 2 groups were followed up for 8 -1 8 months with a median of 1 4 months.The fracture healing time and the shoulder function recovery time were shorter in TCMrehabilitation group compared to conventional rehabilitation group(1 1 .94 +/-1 .20 vs 1 3.02 +/-1 .64 weeks,t =2.790,P =0.007;1 5.80 +/-2.1 1 vs 1 7.47 +/-2.1 4 weeks,t =3.664,P =0.000).The Constant -Murley shoulder pain scores were lower in TCM rehabilitation group compared to conventional rehabilitation group(4.60 +/-1 .1 2 vs 5.40 +/-1 .1 4 points,t =3.239,P =0.002).The Constant -Murley shoulder daily activity scores and joint motion range scores were higher in TCM rehabilitation group compared to conventional rehabilitation group(1 5.70 +/-2.24 vs 1 4.64 +/-1 .90 points,t =2.362,P =0.020;30.76 +/-3.65 vs 28.47 +/-4.23 points,t =2.71 4,P =0.008).There was no statistical difference in muscle strength scores between the 2 groups(t =1 .628,P =0.1 07).Conclusion:Short fracture healing time and good shoulder function can be obtained by using TCM reha-bilitation in patients with proximal humeral fractures after closed reduction and internal &external fixation.%目的:观察闭合复位内外固

  20. Altered disc pressure profile after an osteoporotic vertebral fracture is a risk factor for adjacent vertebral body fracture.

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    Tzermiadianos, Michael N; Renner, Susan M; Phillips, Frank M; Hadjipavlou, Alexander G; Zindrick, Michael R; Havey, Robert M; Voronov, Michael; Patwardhan, Avinash G

    2008-11-01

    This study investigated the effect of endplate deformity after an osteoporotic vertebral fracture in increasing the risk for adjacent vertebral fractures. Eight human lower thoracic or thoracolumbar specimens, each consisting of five vertebrae were used. To selectively fracture one of the endplates of the middle VB of each specimen a void was created under the target endplate and the specimen was flexed and compressed until failure. The fractured vertebra was subjected to spinal extension under 150 N preload that restored the anterior wall height and vertebral kyphosis, while the fractured endplate remained significantly depressed. The VB was filled with cement to stabilize the fracture, after complete evacuation of its trabecular content to ensure similar cement distribution under both the endplates. Specimens were tested in flexion-extension under 400 N preload while pressure in the discs and strain at the anterior wall of the adjacent vertebrae were recorded. Disc pressure in the intact specimens increased during flexion by 26 +/- 14%. After cementation, disc pressure increased during flexion by 15 +/- 11% in the discs with un-fractured endplates, while decreased by 19 +/- 26.7% in the discs with the fractured endplates. During flexion, the compressive strain at the anterior wall of the vertebra next to the fractured endplate increased by 94 +/- 23% compared to intact status (p 0.05). Subsequent flexion with compression to failure resulted in adjacent fracture close to the fractured endplate in six specimens and in a non-adjacent fracture in one specimen, while one specimen had no adjacent fractures. Depression of the fractured endplate alters the pressure profile of the damaged disc resulting in increased compressive loading of the anterior wall of adjacent vertebra that predisposes it to wedge fracture. This data suggests that correction of endplate deformity may play a role in reducing the risk of adjacent fractures. PMID:18795344

  1. Arterial injury and pseudoaneurysm formation after lesser trochanter fracture

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    Susanne Regus

    2015-01-01

    Conclusion: Surgeons should pay attention to any displaced bone fragments close to calcified vessels, especially in the evaluation of routine x-rays following surgical treatment of fractures. This could minimize the potential life-threatening risk of delayed diagnosis, especially because it represents a routine image following surgical fracture treatments.

  2. Clinical observation of early anterior ankle pain after closed reduction and intramedullary nail fixation of tibial shaft fracture%胫骨干骨折闭合复位髓内钉固定术后早期踝前疼痛的临床观察

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    田竞; 周大鹏; 于海龙; 赵勇; 项良碧

    2013-01-01

    Objective To observe the incidence rate of early anterior ankle pain after the therapy of tibial shaft fracture by closed reduction and intramedullary nail fixation method and to analyze the reason of occurrence of related complications.Methods All of 307 patients with tibial shaft fracture were treated by closed reduction and intramedtllary nail fixation method.The incidence rate and the average duration of early anterior ankle pain,VAS score and ankle function score was recorded after operation and during 3 and 12 months' follow up.Results Thirty nine cases had the anterior ankle pain at early stage after operation and the incidence rate was 12.7%.The average duration of early anterior ankle pain was (6.2±3.4)d.VAS score in resting state was (3.1±1.5) and in functional exercise state was (4.0±0.9).There were significant differences in the VAS score of two states(P <0.05).But there were no significant differences in ankle function score after operation and during 3 and 12 months' follow up.Conclusion Early anterior ankle pain is one of the complications in treating tibial shaft fracture by closed reduction and intramedullary nail fixation method.The incidence rate is related to the way of distal interlocking screw placement and intraoperative reaming.Early anterior ankle pain can increase the VAS score in functional exercise stage but has no significant effect on the ankle function.%目的 观察胫骨干骨折闭合复位髓内钉固定术后早期踝前疼痛的发生率,分析相关并发症的发生原因.方法 对307例胫骨干骨折采用闭合复位、交锁髓内钉固定术治疗,观察早期踝前痛的发生率、VAS疼痛评分和早期踝前疼痛的平均持续时间等,分别于术后即刻、3个月、1年进行踝关节功能评分.结果 39例术后早期发生踝前疼痛,发生率为12.7%,平均持续时间(6.2±3.4)d;静息状态VAS疼痛评分平均(3.1±1.5)分,功能锻炼时VAS疼痛评分平均(4.0±0.9)分,两组比

  3. Hip fracture surgery

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    ... repair; Femoral neck fracture repair; Trochanteric fracture repair; Hip pinning surgery; Osteoarthritis-hip ... top of the bone) you may have a hip pinning procedure. During this surgery: You lie on ...

  4. Fracture toughness correlations

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    In this study existing fracture parameter correlations are reviewed. Their applicability and reliability are discussed in detail. A new KIC-CVN-correlation, based on a theoretical brittle fracture model, is presented

  5. Metatarsal stress fractures - aftercare

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    ... page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000553.htm Metatarsal stress fractures - aftercare To use the sharing features on ... that connect your ankle to your toes. A stress fracture is a break in the bone that ...

  6. Flexible Intramedullary Nailing of Pediatric Humeral Fractures: Indications, Techniques, and Tips.

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    Kelly, Derek M

    2016-06-01

    Most proximal and diaphyseal pediatric humeral fractures can be treated successfully by closed means; however, certain patient factors or fracture characteristics may make surgical stabilization with flexible intramedullary nails (FIN) a better choice. Common indications for FIN of pediatric humeral fractures include unstable proximal-third fractures in children nearing skeletal maturity, unstable distal metaphyseal-diaphyseal junction fractures, shaft fractures in polytraumatized patients or patients with ipsilateral both-bone forearm fractures (floating elbow), and prophylactic stabilization of benign diaphyseal bone cysts or surgical stabilization of pathologic fractures. FIN can be safely inserted in an antegrade or retrograde manner depending on the fracture location and configuration. Careful dissection at the location of rod insertion can prevent iatrogenic nerve injuries. Rapid fracture union and return to full function can be expected in most cases. Implant prominence is the most common complication. PMID:27152902

  7. Talus avulsion fractures: are they accurately diagnosed?

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    Robinson, Karen P; Davies, Mark B

    2015-10-01

    Dorsal talus avulsion fractures occurring along the supination line of the foot can cause pain and discomfort. Examination of the foot and ankle using the Ottawa ankle rules does not include examination of the talus, an injury here is easily missed causing concern to the patient. This is a retrospective study carried out in a major trauma centre to look at the assessment and diagnosis of all patients with a dorsal talus and navicular avulsion fractures over a one year period. Nineteen patients with an isolated dorsal talus avulsion fracture and five patients with an isolated dorsal navicular fracture were included. The correct diagnosis was made in 12 of patients with isolated dorsal talus avulsion fractures, 7 patients were given an incorrect diagnosis after misreading of the radiograph. Four patients with a dorsal navicular avulsion fracture were given the correct diagnosis. If not correctly diagnosed on presentation patients can be overly concerned that a 'fracture was missed' which can lead to confusion and anxiety. Therefore these injuries need to be recognised early, promptly diagnosed, treated symptomatically and reassurance given. We recommend the routine palpation of the talus in addition to the examination set out in the Ottawa Ankle Rules and the close inspection of plain radiographs to adequately diagnose an injury in this area. PMID:26190632

  8. Impaired Fracture Healing after Hemorrhagic Shock

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    Philipp Lichte

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Impaired fracture healing can occur in severely injured patients with hemorrhagic shock due to decreased soft tissue perfusion after trauma. We investigated the effects of fracture healing in a standardized pressure controlled hemorrhagic shock model in mice, to test the hypothesis that bleeding is relevant in the bone healing response. Male C57/BL6 mice were subjected to a closed femoral shaft fracture stabilized by intramedullary nailing. One group was additionally subjected to pressure controlled hemorrhagic shock (HS, mean arterial pressure (MAP of 35 mmHg for 90 minutes. Serum cytokines (IL-6, KC, MCP-1, and TNF-α were analyzed 6 hours after shock. Fracture healing was assessed 21 days after fracture. Hemorrhagic shock is associated with a significant increase in serum inflammatory cytokines in the early phase. Histologic analysis demonstrated a significantly decreased number of osteoclasts, a decrease in bone quality, and more cartilage islands after hemorrhagic shock. μCT analysis showed a trend towards decreased bone tissue mineral density in the HS group. Mechanical testing revealed no difference in tensile failure. Our results suggest a delay in fracture healing after hemorrhagic shock. This may be due to significantly diminished osteoclast recruitment. The exact mechanisms should be studied further, particularly during earlier stages of fracture healing.

  9. Surgical Management of a Mandible Subcondylar Fracture

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    Dong Hee Kang

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Open reduction and anatomic reduction can create better function for the temporomandibularjoint, compared with closed treatment in mandible fracture surgery. Therefore, the doubleminiplate fixation technique via mini-retromandibular incision was used in order to makethe most stable fixation when performing subcondylar fracture surgery. Those approachesprovide good visualization of the subcondyle from the posterior edge of the ramus, allow thesurgeon to work perpendicularly to the fracture, and enable direct fracture management.Understanding the biomechanical load in the fixation of subcondylar fractures is alsonecessary in order to optimize fixation methods. Therefore, we measured the biomechanicalloads of four different plate fixation techniques in the experimental model regardingmandibular subcondylar fractures. It was found that the loads measured in the two-platefixation group with one dynamic compression plate (DCP and one adaption plate showed thehighest deformation and failure loads among the four fixation groups. The loads measuredin the one DCP plate fixation group showed higher deformation and failure loads than theloads measured in the two adaption plate fixation group. Therefore, we conclude that theselection of the high profile plate (DCP is also important in order to create a stable load in thesubcondylar fracture.

  10. Fractures in childhood

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    Clinical diagnosis of fractures in childhood can be very difficult. Therefore imaging, not only x-rays but also ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging are of special importance. There are typical pediatric types of fractures due to epiphyseal plates and high flexibility of the bone. Fractures heal faster and dislocations can be spontaneously corrected better but also growth disturbance can occur. The second part of the article describes the special types of fractures with special attention to the characteristics in childhood.

  11. Individualizing fracture risk prediction

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    van Geel, Tineke A. C. M.; van den Bergh, Joop P. W.; Dinant, Geert Jan; Geusens, Piet

    2010-01-01

    Low bone mineral density (BMD) and clinical factors (CRF) have been identified as factors associated with an increased relative risk of fractures. From this observation and for clinical decision making, the concept of prediction of the individual absolute risk of fractures has emerged. It refers to the individual's risk for fractures over a certain time period, e.g. the next 5 and 10 years. Two individualized fracture risk calculation tools that are increasingly used and are available on the ...

  12. Ganymede - close up photos

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    Two close-up photos of Ganymede, largest of Jupiter's 13 moons, were obtained on July 8 by Voyager 2 from 86,000 miles (top) and 192,000 miles. They show different views of the largest block of dark, heavily cratered terrain seen on the giant moon. The bottom image shows objects three to four miles across; has a resolution of about 1.5 miles. The light, linear stripes recurring across the dark region resemble the outer rings of the large ring structure on Callisto. If these features are in fact related to an ancient ring structure formed by a large impact, their small curvature suggests that the original structure was even larger than one seen on Callisto. There is no apparent trace now of the center of this suggested structure, which must have been destroyed by the resurfacing evident over most of Ganymede in the grooved terrain. Another interpretation is that these features are not impact-related rings but are internally produced fractures crossing the dark terrain, similar to the grooved bands.

  13. Experimental Analysis of Hybrid Fracture in Berea Sandstone

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    Bobich, J. K.; Chester, F. M.; Chester, J. S.

    2004-12-01

    Previous triaxial extension experiments investigating the transition from extension fracture to shear fracture in low porosity, polycrystalline Carrara marble demonstrate abrupt changes in strength and a continuous transition in fracture orientation and morphology with increasing confining pressure, Pc. New tests on Berea sandstone investigate the same transition in a porous aggregate. Notch cut cylinders (30 mm neck diameter) of Berea sandstone (18% porosity, 0.15 mm average grain size, 80% quartz, 20% feldspar, and trace rutile and kaolinite) were extended in a triaxial apparatus from 0 to 160 MPa confining pressure at a rate of 20 μ m/s. Stress at fracture is characterized by the least compressive principal stress, S3, and maximum compressive principal stress, S1 (S1=Pc). An abrupt change in fracture strength at Pc=50 MPa corresponds to a change from pure macroscopic extension fracture to mixed-mode opening and shear (hybrid) fracture. Within the extension fracture regime, S3 at failure becomes slightly more tensile with an increase in Pc, unlike the constant tensile strength observed for marble. Within the hybrid and shear fracture regimes, S3 at failure becomes more compressive with an increase in Pc. The angle between the fracture surface and S1 increases continuously with Pc, consistent with the marble results. In both rock types, hybrid fractures appear as linked, stepped extension fractures; the length of extensional segments decreases with increasing pressure. The abrupt change in failure strength at the transition from extension to hybrid modes in both rock types likely reflects the increase in mean stress that suppresses the propagation of extension fractures, and the interaction between closely-spaced stepped cracks. In the extension fracture regime, the different dependence of fracture strength on Pc for sandstone and marble may reflect differences in grain scale deformation mechanisms.

  14. Numerical Study on the Formation of Shear Fracture Network

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    Zhaobin Zhang

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Shear fracture network is important to the hydraulic fracturing treatment of a shale gas reservoir. In this paper, the formation of shear fracture network is investigated by a Displacement Discontinuity Method (DDM based model. The results show that the sliding of fracture surface is irreversible but may change significantly after fluid pressure dissipates. The final sliding distance is different for natural and hydraulic fractures. Most of the shear fractures are natural fractures while the newly formed hydraulic fractures tend to be totally closed after pressure dissipates. The effects of in situ stress are investigated. The affected area reaches its maximum value when the maximum principle stress direction is perpendicular to the principal fracture direction. The effects of the injection rate are also investigated. The increasing of the injection rate is helpful in increasing the fracture aperture, but has no effect on the final sliding distance. Moreover, the effects of the injection rate on the affected area depend on the connectivity of natural fractures. The affected area increases with the injection rate when the connectivity is poor but decreases slightly with injection rate when the connectivity is good.

  15. Radiation exposure to the patient during closed intramedullary nailing

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    Material and Method. 39 patients with pertrochanteric femur fracture (n=32) or lower leg fracture (n=7) were treated with closed intramedullary nailing. The related radiation exposure of the patients was calculated. Results. Osteosynthesis of pertrochanteric fractures took less fluoroscopic time than osteosynthesis of lower leg fractures. The effective dose was 14 mSv for nailing osteosynthesis of proximal pertrochanteric fractures and less than 0.1 mSv for osteosynthesis of distal lower leg fractures. Conclusion. Radiation exposure of the patient due to intraoperative fluoroscopic imaging during osteosynthesis can be estimated based on the data given above. Intraoperative observations imply, consequent application of radiation protection by the orthopaedic surgeons may reduce intraoperative radiation exposure even more. (orig.)

  16. ELASTIC INTRAMEDULLARY NAILING IN PAEDIATRIC DIAPHYSEAL FOREARM FRACTURES

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    Amit Kumar

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND The majority of paediatric diaphyseal fractures of the radius and ulna can be treated well with closed reduction and cast immobilization. The most common indications for surgery are failure of closed reduction, open fractures and fracture instability. Over recent years the forearm fractures are increasingly being treated with intramedullary elastic nails to prevent displacement during the healing phase. OBJECTIVE Recently, there has been an increased interest in determining which method provides superior results, but the optimal treatment remains controversial. This article analyses the results of 22 diaphyseal forearm fractures in children who underwent flexible intramedullary nail fixation. MATERIAL AND METHODS A prospective study was conducted from January 2012 to December 2015, on the patients with both-bone forearm fractures. Inclusion criteria of study were age between 5 and 15 years, closed displaced fractures, unacceptable closed reduction and open displaced fractures (Type 1 and 2. A single nail was used for each forearm bone. RESULTS The results of the 22 patients (16 males and 6 females who were treated in our institution with closed elastic nails were studied systematically with a follow-up period from 4 months to 15 months. At follow-up clinics, all patients went on to osseous union and regained a full range of movement after rehabilitation. There were no cases of delayed union, non-union or mal-union. All implants were routinely removed within average time of 8 months (Range: 6-10 after nailing. There were no complications after implant removal in our patients. CONCLUSION Conservative management is still the first line of treatment for paediatric forearm fractures, especially in children less than 10 years old. Treatment with an elastic intramedullary nail is indicated for unstable, irreducible or open fractures when non-operative management fails.

  17. Monteggia lesion and ipsilateral humeral supracondylar and distal radial fractures in a young girl

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    Ispalateral supracondylar humeral and forearm fractures are uncommon in children. We present an unusual case of case of a 4-year-old girl with an ipsilateral supracondylar humeral fracture, Monteggia lesion and distal metaphyseal radial fracture. Our management consisted of closed reduction and immobilization with plaster splint. The patient had an excellent result and full function. (author)

  18. EXTERNAL FIXATION OF INTERTROCHANTERIC FRACTURES AS AN OPTION IN HIGH RISK GERIATRIC PATIENTS

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    Badoo; Naveed,; Syed Baasit Shafi; Mohammad,, K

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the usefulness of external fixation of intertrochanteric fractures in high risk geriatric patients. DESIGN: Prospective clinical study. SETTINGS: Level - 1 trauma C entre. PATIENTS: Fifty high risk geriatric patients with intertrochanteric fractures. INTERVENTION: Close reduction and external fixation using AO external fixator. OUTCOME MEASURED: fracture union, time to union, pin tract in...

  19. 股骨干骨折闭合复位髓内钉固定术中大转子倾斜指数的应用%Application of the greater trochanter tilting index in close reduction and intramedullary nail fixation of a femoral shaft fracture

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    付世杰; 高海军; 张建志; 董天华; 吴希瑞; 郑占乐; 张国川

    2013-01-01

    Objective To assess the usage of the greater trochanter tilting index in the close reduction and intramedullary nail fixation of femoral shaft fracture for correction of rotational deformity.Methods From January 2011 to January 2012 we treated 24 patients with one-sided and closed femoral shaft fracture.They were 20 men and 4 women,aged from 17 to 61 years (average,36.5 years).By AO classification,11 cases were of 32A2,8 of 32B2 and 5 of 32C2.After the anteroposterior radiograph of the proximal femur was taken,its rotational angle was calculated according to the greater trochanter tilting index.When the external rotation angle of the proximal femur was ≥ 15°,the Schanz pin skill was used to rectify the extorsion before inserting the main intramedullary nail; when the angle was < 15°,the main intramedullary nail was inserted and the proximal locking screws were locked before the rotational deformity was corrected.The anteversion angles of both healthy and affected sides were measured and compared to judge the rotation reduction quality using CT scans.Results In the 24 patients,the anteversion angle was 15.36°± 7.91° at the affected side and 14.54° ± 7.44° at the healthy side,showing no statistically significant difference (t =0.958,P =0.348).The mean value of D-values between the affected and healthy sides (deformity degrees) was 3.58°± 2.26°.The deformity degrees of all patients averaged less than 9°.Fifteen cases had internally rotational deformity at the distal fracture end,8 externally rotational deformity and one no deformity.The 24 patients were followed up for 8 to 20 months (average,13 months).All fractures obtained union after an average of 5.1 months (from 3 to 7 months).No complications like bone nonunion or knee stiffness were found.Conclusion The greater trochanter tilt index can be used as an aid in close reduction and intramedullary nail fixation of femoral shaft fracture because it can help judge the rotational state of the proximal

  20. Mandibular Condyle Fractures and Treatment Modalities

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    Halil ibrahim Kisa; Ufuk Tatli; Mehmet Kurkcu

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    Maxillofacial injuries are most commonly associated with falls, motor and vehicle accidents, sports-related trauma, and interpersonel violence. The complexity of mandibular condyle region and its anatomic proximity to other craniofacial structures complicate diagnosis and treatment. Thus, treatment approaches of mandibular condyle fracture are still controversial. In the literature, different success rates are reported about observation versus treatment, closed reduction versus open reduction...

  1. Aneurysmal Bone Cyst Following Tibial Fracture: A Case Report

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    Haft, Geoffrey F; Buckwalter, Joseph A.

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    A 14 year-old boy developed a tibial aneurysmal bone cyst (ABC) following a closed tibia fracture. The tumor formed in a site remote from the fracture and was not radiographically apparent until one year following the traumatic event. Most ABC's present due to fracture or pain, but this lesion was discovered during routine follow up films of the tibial shaft fracture. This case lends support to the debated theory that ABC's are reactive bone lesions and provides a rare radiographic glimpse at...

  2. Role of MRI in hip fractures, including stress fractures, occult fractures, avulsion fractures

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    Nachtrab, O. [Department of Radiology, The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Gobowen, Oswestry Shropshire SY10 7AG (United Kingdom); Cassar-Pullicino, V.N., E-mail: Victor.Pullicino@rjah.nhs.uk [Department of Radiology, The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Gobowen, Oswestry Shropshire SY10 7AG (United Kingdom); Lalam, R.; Tins, B.; Tyrrell, P.N.M.; Singh, J. [Department of Radiology, The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Gobowen, Oswestry Shropshire SY10 7AG (United Kingdom)

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    MR imaging plays a vital role in the diagnosis and management of hip fractures in all age groups, in a large spectrum of patient groups spanning the elderly and sporting population. It allows a confident exclusion of fracture, differentiation of bony from soft tissue injury and an early confident detection of fractures. There is a spectrum of MR findings which in part is dictated by the type and cause of the fracture which the radiologist needs to be familiar with. Judicious but prompt utilisation of MR in patients with suspected hip fractures has a positive therapeutic impact with healthcare cost benefits as well as social care benefits.

  3. Role of MRI in hip fractures, including stress fractures, occult fractures, avulsion fractures

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    MR imaging plays a vital role in the diagnosis and management of hip fractures in all age groups, in a large spectrum of patient groups spanning the elderly and sporting population. It allows a confident exclusion of fracture, differentiation of bony from soft tissue injury and an early confident detection of fractures. There is a spectrum of MR findings which in part is dictated by the type and cause of the fracture which the radiologist needs to be familiar with. Judicious but prompt utilisation of MR in patients with suspected hip fractures has a positive therapeutic impact with healthcare cost benefits as well as social care benefits.

  4. Orbital fractures: a review

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    Jeffrey M Joseph

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Jeffrey M Joseph, Ioannis P GlavasDivision of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, New York University, New York, NY, USA; Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital, New York, NY, USAAbstract: This review of orbital fractures has three goals: 1 to understand the clinically relevant orbital anatomy with regard to periorbital trauma and orbital fractures, 2 to explain how to assess and examine a patient after periorbital trauma, and 3 to understand the medical and surgical management of orbital fractures. The article aims to summarize the evaluation and management of commonly encountered orbital fractures from the ophthalmologic perspective and to provide an overview for all practicing ophthalmologists and ophthalmologists in training.Keywords: orbit, trauma, fracture, orbital floor, medial wall, zygomatic, zygomatic complex, zmc fracture, zygomaticomaxillary complex fractures 

  5. Mechanics of Hydraulic Fractures

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    Detournay, Emmanuel

    2016-01-01

    Hydraulic fractures represent a particular class of tensile fractures that propagate in solid media under pre-existing compressive stresses as a result of internal pressurization by an injected viscous fluid. The main application of engineered hydraulic fractures is the stimulation of oil and gas wells to increase production. Several physical processes affect the propagation of these fractures, including the flow of viscous fluid, creation of solid surfaces, and leak-off of fracturing fluid. The interplay and the competition between these processes lead to multiple length scales and timescales in the system, which reveal the shifting influence of the far-field stress, viscous dissipation, fracture energy, and leak-off as the fracture propagates.

  6. Outcome of intramedullary interlocking SIGN nail in tibial diaphyseal fracture

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    Objective: To determine the outcome of intramedullary interlocking surgical implant generation network (SIGN) nail in diaphyseal tibial fractures in terms of union and failure of implant (breakage of nail or interlocking screws). Study Design: Case series. Place and Duration of Study: Orthopaedics and Spinal Surgery, Ghurki Trust Teaching Hospital, Lahore Medical and Dental College, Lahore, from September 2008 to August 2009. Methodology: Fifty patients aged 14 - 60 years, of either gender were included, who had closed and Gustilo type I and II open fractures reported in 2 weeks, whose closed reduction was not possible or was unsatisfactory and fracture was located 7 cm below knee joint to 7 cm above ankle joint. Fractures previously treated with external fixator, infected fractures and unfit patients were excluded. All fractures were fixed with intramedullary interlocking SIGN nail and were followed clinically and radiographically for union and for any implant failure. Results: Forty one (88%) patients had united fracture within 6 months, 5 (10%) patients had delayed union while 4 (8%) patients had non-union. Mean duration for achieving union was 163 + 30.6 days. Interlocking screws were broken in 2 patients while no nail was broken in any patient. Conclusion: Intramedullary interlocking nailing is an effective measure in treating closed and grade I and II open tibial fractures. It provides a high rate of union less complications and early return to function. (author)

  7. Closed posteromedial dislocation of ankle in a 12 year-old boy: a case report

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    Yurttaş, Yüksel; Kilinçoğlu, Volkan; Toker, Serdar; Kürklü, Mustafa; Atilla, Atil; Başbozkurt, Mustafa

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    Ankle fractures and fracture dislocations are common injuries in orthopaedic practice however pure ankle dislocation without an associated fracture is extremely rare. There are a few cases reporting such a lesion in the literature. Also this injuries are generally open high energy trauma injuries. Closed treatments are reported to be effective and ligament injuries are generally not reported. In this study, we report a closed pure posteromedial ankle dislocation with anterior talofibular liga...

  8. Ankle Injury Management (AIM): design of a pragmatic multi-centre equivalence randomised controlled trial comparing Close Contact Casting (CCC) to Open surgical Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF) in the treatment of unstable ankle fractures in patients over 60 years

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    Willett, K; Keene, DJ; Morgan, L.; Gray, B.; Handley, R; Chesser, T; Pallister, I; Tutton, E; Knox, C; Lall, R; A. Briggs; Lamb, SE

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    BACKGROUND: Ankle fractures account for 9% of all fractures with a quarter of these occurring in adults over 60 years. The short term disability and long-term consequences of this injury can be considerable. Current opinion favours open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) over non-operative treatment (fracture manipulation and the application of a standard moulded cast) for older people. Both techniques are associated with complications but the limited published research indicates higher c...

  9. Modeling of Interaction of Hydraulic Fractures in Complex Fracture Networks

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    Kresse, O. 2; Wu, R.; Weng, X.; Gu, H.; Cohen, C.

    2011-12-01

    A recently developed unconventional fracture model (UFM) is able to simulate complex fracture network propagation in a formation with pre-existing natural fractures. Multiple fracture branches can propagate at the same time and intersect/cross each other. Each open fracture exerts additional stresses on the surrounding rock and adjacent fractures, which is often referred to as "stress shadow" effect. The stress shadow can cause significant restriction of fracture width, leading to greater risk of proppant screenout. It can also alter the fracture propagation path and drastically affect fracture network patterns. It is hence critical to properly model the fracture interaction in a complex fracture model. A method for computing the stress shadow in a complex hydraulic fracture network is presented. The method is based on an enhanced 2D Displacement Discontinuity Method (DDM) with correction for finite fracture height. The computed stress field is compared to 3D numerical simulation in a few simple examples and shows the method provides a good approximation for the 3D fracture problem. This stress shadow calculation is incorporated in the UFM. The results for simple cases of two fractures are presented that show the fractures can either attract or expel each other depending on their initial relative positions, and compares favorably with an independent 2D non-planar hydraulic fracture model. Additional examples of both planar and complex fractures propagating from multiple perforation clusters are presented, showing that fracture interaction controls the fracture dimension and propagation pattern. In a formation with no or small stress anisotropy, fracture interaction can lead to dramatic divergence of the fractures as they tend to repel each other. However, when stress anisotropy is large, the fracture propagation direction is dominated by the stress field and fracture turning due to fracture interaction is limited. However, stress shadowing still has a strong effect

  10. Coupled exofixator for comminuted fracture of humeral shaft

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    马红如; 马树林; 尹同珍

    2005-01-01

    Objective: To report and assess the efficacy of a coupled exofixator in the treatment of comminuted fracture of the humeral shaft.Methods: From June 1999 to September 2003, 24 patients with comminuted fracture of the humeral shaft were treated in our department, in whom 11 were involved in left humerus fractures and 13 in right humerus fractures. Closed reduction or open reduction with a small incision as well as a coupled exofixator was used to treat these patients. Results: All cases got anatomical reduction after 6-12 months follow-up. The time for fracture union averaged 5.8 months with a good functional recovery of the shoulder-elbow joints. Conclusions: The coupled exofixator is favorable to the treatment of comminuted humeral shaft fractures. It can shorten union time and avoid nonunion occurrence.

  11. Role of Medicinal Plants and Natural Products on Osteoporotic Fracture Healing

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    Mohd Azri Abd Jalil; Ahmad Nazrun Shuid; Norliza Muhammad

    2012-01-01

    Popularly known as “the silent disease” since early symptoms are usually absent, osteoporosis causes progressive bone loss, which renders the bones susceptible to fractures. Bone fracture healing is a complex process consisting of four overlapping phases—hematoma formation, inflammation, repair, and remodeling. The traditional use of natural products in bone fractures means that phytochemicals can be developed as potential therapy for reducing fracture healing period. Located closely near th...

  12. Novel methods for 3-D semi-automatic mapping of fracture geometry at exposed rock faces

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    Feng, Quanhong

    2001-01-01

    To analyse the influence of fractures on hydraulic andmechanical behaviour of fractured rock masses, it is essentialto characterise fracture geometry at exposed rock faces. Thisthesis describes three semi-automatic methods for measuring andquantifying geometrical parameters of fractures, and aims tooffer a novel approach to the traditional mapping methods. Three techniques, i.e. geodetic total station, close-rangephotogrammetry and 3-D laser scanner, are used in this studyfor measurement of f...

  13. Fracture initiates systemic inflammatory response syndrome through recruiting polymorphonuclear leucocytes.

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    Li, Haipeng; Liu, Jia; Yao, Jianhua; Zhong, Jianfeng; Guo, Lei; Sun, Tiansheng

    2016-08-01

    Fracture, a common type injury in trauma patients, often results in the development of the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS). Though the mechanism of the fracture-initiated SIRS still remains not well characterized, it is well documented that the polymorphonuclear leucocytes (PMN) play an important role in the inflammatory process. We hypothesize that fractures recruit PMN to the local tissue, which is followed by an increase in the number of peripheral PMN and initiation of SIRS. In the current study, we established a closed femoral fracture rat model. We evaluated the levels of MPO, IL-1β and CINC-1 in fractured tissue homogenate, and we measured the levels of IL-6 and IL-10, the biomarkers for systemic inflammatory response, in the rat sera. In clinical part of the study, we collected blood from patients with isolated closed femoral fractures and evaluated PMN-related chemoattractants (IL-8, IL-1β and G-CSF) and the number of peripheral PMN. We further evaluated the level of mitochondrial DNA in the local haematoma of fracture and the circulating plasma of the patients with fracture. In the animal model of closed femoral fracture, we found a significant recruitment of PMN to the local tissue after fracture, which correlates with the elevated MPO level. We also showed that the concentration of IL-1β and CINC-1 in local tissue is significantly increased and might be responsible for the PMN recruitment. Recruitment of PMN to the local tissue was accompanied with a significant increase in the systemic levels of IL-6 and IL-10 in serum. In the patients with closed femoral fracture, we observed an increase in the number of peripheral PMN and PMN-related chemoattractants, including IL-8, IL-1β and G-CSF. The level of mitochondrial DNA in the local haematoma of fracture and the circulating plasma of patients were significantly higher compared to the healthy volunteers. Our data suggest that fracture released mitochondrial DNA into the local haematoma of

  14. Stress fractures in athletes.

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    Hulkko, A; Orava, S

    1987-06-01

    During the 14-year period of 1971-1985, 368 stress fractures in 324 athletes were treated. The series contained 268 fractures in males and 100 fractures in females; 32 fractures occurred in children (less than 16 years), 117 in adolescents (16-19 years), and 219 in adults. Forty-six fractures were incurred by athletes at an international level, 274 by athletes at a national or district level and 48 by recreational athletes. Of the total cases, 72% occurred to runners and a further 12% to athletes in other sports after running exercises. The distribution of the stress fractures by site was: tibia 182, metatarsal bones 73, fibula 44, big toe sesamoid bones 15, femoral shaft 14, femoral neck 9, tarsal navicular 9, pelvis 7, olecranon 5 and other bones 10. Of the total fractures, 342 were treated conservatively and 26 fractures required surgical treatment. The operative indication was dislocation in 5 cases and delayed union/nonunion in 21 cases. The sites most often affected by delayed union were: anterior midtibia, sesamoid bones of the big toe, base of the fifth metatarsal, olecranon, and tarsal navicular. The athletes at an international level experienced the greatest risk of multiple separate fractures, protracted healing, or fractures requiring surgery. PMID:3623785

  15. Tosic external fixator in the management of proximal tibial fractures in adults.

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    Tosic, A; Ebraheim, N A; Abou Chakra, I; Emara, K

    2001-06-01

    This retrospective clinical study assessed proximal tibial fractures managed with the Tosic external fixator. Nineteen patients with 21 proximal tibial fractures treated with the Tosic external fixator between July 1997 and October 1998 comprised the study population. Eleven fractures were graded as 41A2, 3 fractures as 41 A3, 4 fractures as 41C1, and 3 fractures as 41 C2. Fourteen fractures were closed, and 7 fractures were open. Average time to healing was 1 7 weeks. No revision of fixation was needed. There were five cases of pin tract infection. Average range of knee motion was 2 degrees-135 degrees. These results indicate the Tosic external fixator is an efficient and simple way to treat proximal tibial metaphyseal fractures. PMID:11430739

  16. Laboratory testing of cement grouting of fractures in welded tuff

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    Fractures in the rock mass surrounding a repository and its shafts, access drifts, emplacement rooms and holes, and exploratory or in-situ testing holes, may provide preferential flowpaths for the flow of groundwater or air, potentially containing radionuclides. Such cracks may have to be sealed. The likelihood that extensive or at least local grouting will be required as part of repository sealing has been noted in numerous publications addressing high level waste repository closing. The objective of this work is to determine the effectiveness of fracture sealing (grouting) in welded tuff. Experimental work includes measurement of intact and fracture permeability under various normal stresses and injection pressures. Grout is injected into the fractures. The effectiveness of grouting is evaluated in terms of grout penetration and permeability reduction, compared prior to and after grouting. Analysis of the results include the effect of normal stress, injection pressure, fracture roughness, grout rheology, grout bonding, and the radial extent of grout penetration. Laboratory experiments have been performed on seventeen tuff cylinders with three types of fractures: (1) tension induced cracks, (2) natural fractures, and (3) sawcuts. Prior to grouting, the hydraulic conductivity of the intact rock and of the fractures is measured under a range of normal stresses. The surface topography of the fracture is mapped, and the results are used to determine aperture distributions across the fractures. 72 refs., 76 figs., 25 tabs

  17. Medidas do tendão do calcâneo no primeiro ano de vida Measurements of the calcaneal tendon in the first year of life

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    Ricardo Flávio de Araújo Bezerra

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar as espessuras e larguras dos tendões do calcâneo (tendão de Aquiles em crianças eutróficas de ambos os gêneros, aos 2, 6, 9 e 12 meses de idade. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Fizeram parte deste estudo prospectivo e descritivo 38 meninos e 31 meninas. As medidas dos tendões foram obtidas por meio de ultrassonografia, utilizando transdutor linear de 14 MHz, na altura do maléolo medial. RESULTADOS: Verificou-se que as espessuras dos tendões nos meninos foram de 2,4 mm, 2,3 mm, 2,4 mm e 2,4 mm, aos 2, 6, 9 e 12 meses, respectivamente. As larguras do tendão do calcâneo foram de 6,0 mm, 6,4 mm, 6,7 mm e 7,1 mm, respectivamente. Nas meninas, as espessuras obtidas aos 2, 6 e 9 meses foram de 2,4 mm, e aos 12 meses encontrou-se o valor de 2,5 mm. As quatro medidas da largura foram de 5,7 mm, 6,2 mm, 6,5 mm e 6,5 mm, respectivamente. CONCLUSÃO: Não houve diferença na espessura do tendão do calcâneo ao longo do primeiro ano de vida para ambos os gêneros, entretanto, houve diferença nas medidas da largura.OBJECTIVE: To determine the thickness and width of the calcaneal tendon (Achilles tendon in both male and female, eutrophic children at 2, 6, 9 and 12 months of age. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present prospective and descriptive study included 38 boys and 31 girls. Measurements of the tendons were performed by means of ultrasonography, with a linear, 14-MHz probe, at the level of the medial malleolus. RESULTS: Tendon thicknesses observed in the boys were 2.4 mm, 2.3 mm, 2.4 mm, and 2.4 mm, respectively at 2, 6, 9 and 12 months. Widths were, respectively, 6.0 mm, 6.4 mm, 6.7 mm and 7.1 mm. In the girls, the tendon thicknesses observed at 2, 6 and 9 months were 2.4 mm, and 2.5 mm at 12 months. Widths were, respectively, 5.7 mm, 6.2 mm, 6.5 mm and 6.5 mm. CONCLUSION: No difference was observed in the calcaneal tendon thickness between boys and girls along the first year of their lives; however, width measurements demonstrated

  18. A CLINICAL STUDY OF FIXATION O FRACTURE OF SHAFT OF HUMERUS WITH INTERLOCKING NAIL

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    Jayachandra Reddy; Athmaram; Santhi Swaroop

    2015-01-01

    the aim of the present study is to evaluate the results of closed interlocking intramedullary nail in the management of fractures of shaft humerus.20 humeral shaft fractures were treated by closed reduction and intramedullary interlocking nailing in the department of orthopaedics , government medical college , government general hospital , anantapuramu from November 2010 to A ug 2012. The cause of fracture was RTA in 17 cases and fall in 3 cas es. Age...

  19. Quantitative mineral salt evaluation in the calcaneous bone using computed tomography, 125I-photon absorption and chemical analysis to compare the value of the individual methods

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    It was the aim of the study described here to verify the accuracy of two different methods for the quantitative evaluation of mineral salts, which were the 125I-photon absorption technique on the one hand and wholebody CT on the other hand. For this purpose, post-mortem examinations of 31 calcaneous bones were carried out to evaluate their individual mineral salt contents in vitro using either of the above-mentioned methods. The results obtained were subsequently contrasted with calcium concentrations determined by chemical analysis. A comparison of the individual mineral salt evaluations with the results from calcium analyses pointed to a highly significant correlation (p=0.001) for both methods under investigation. The same held for the correlation of findings from CT and the 125I-hydroxylapatite technique, where the level of significance was also p=0.001. The above statements must, however, be modified in as much as the mineral salt values measured by CT were consistently lower than those obtained on the basis of 125I-photon absorption. These deviations are chiefly attributable to the fact that the values provided by CT are more susceptible to influences from the fat contained in the bones. In 125I-photon absorption a special formula may be derived to allow for the bias occurring here, provided that the composition of the bone is known. To summarise, the relative advantages and drawbacks of CT and 125I-photon absorption are carefully balanced. Mineral salt evaluations by CT permit incipient losses to be ascertained even in the trunk. The 125I-photon absorption technique would appear to be the obvious method for any kind of follow-up examination in the peripheral skeleton, as it is easily reproducible and radiation exposure can be kept to minimum. (TRV)

  20. Effects of low-intensity non-coherent light therapy on the inflammatory process in the calcaneal tendon of ovariectomized rats.

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    Helrigle, Carla; de Carvalho, Paulo deTarso Camilo; Casalechi, Heliodora Leão; Leal-Junior, Ernesto Cesar Pinto; Fernandes, Guilherme Henrique Cardoso; Helrigel, Panmera Almeida; Rabelo, Rogério Leão; de Oliveira Aleixo-Junior, Ivo; Aimbire, Flavio; Albertini, Regiane

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    The aim of this experimental study was to investigate the effects of low-intensity light-emitting diode (LED) phototherapy on the inflammatory process in the calcaneal tendon of ovariectomized rats (OVX) through the involvement of the inflammatory mediators interleukin (IL)-6, IL-10, and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α). Thirty-five female Wistar rats were divided into 4 groups: 3 groups of OVX rats totaling 30 rats (untreated OVX rats [OVX injury group], treated OVX rats [OVX LED group], and control OVX rats; subgroups existed based on the sampling times, which were 3, 7, and 14 days) and 1 group of non-OVX rats (not OVX; n = 5). Tendon injury was induced by trauma using a 208-g mass placed at 20 cm from the right tendon of each animal with energy of 0.70 J. The animals were treated 12 h after tendonitis with LED therapy and every 48 h thereafter until euthanasia (at 3, 7, or 14 days). The tendons were dissected and stored in liquid nitrogen at -196 °C, thawed only at the time of immunoenzymatic testing (ELISA). Groups treated with LED showed a decrease in the number of pro-inflammatory cells, IL-6, and TNF-α (p LED treatment using the parameters and wavelength of 945 nm in the time periods studied reduced the release of IL-6 and TNF-α and increased the release of IL-10, thereby improving the inflammatory response in OVX rats. PMID:26507001

  1. Geostatistics for fracture characterization

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    As the critical role of fractures has become more apparent in fluid flow and contaminant transport studies, the characterization of fracture networks has received considerable attention in a wide variety of applications such as nuclear waste repository design. The application of geostatistics to fracture characterization has traditionally involved modelling fractures as thin disks; assumptions about the frequency, orientation, length and width of these disks allow the construction of a 3D model of the fracture network. This paper examines alternatives whose statistical parameters are more relevant for contaminant transport studies and are also easier to infer and validate. A new algorithm for conditional simulation is presented, one that is able to honor multipoint statistics through annealing. By honoring statistics that capture with two-point spatial convariances, this algorithm offers an important new tool not only for the specific problem of fracture characterization but also for the more general problem of spatial simulation

  2. Geometry, mechanics and transmissivity of rock fractures

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    This thesis work investigates methods and tools for characterising, testing and modelling the behaviour of rock fractures. Using a 3D-laser-scanning technique, the topography of the surfaces and their position with respect to one another are measured. From the fracture topography, fracture roughness, angularity and aperture are quantified; the major features used for characterisation. The standard deviations for the asperity heights, surface slopes and aperture are determined. These statistical parameters usually increase/decrease according to power laws of the sampling size, and sometimes reach a sill beyond which they become constant. Also the number of contact spots with a certain area decreases according to a power-law function of the area. These power-law relations reveal the self affine fractal nature of roughness and aperture. Roughness is 'persistent' while aperture varies between 'persistent' and 'anti-persistent' probably depending on the degree of match of the fracture walls. The fractal models for roughness, aperture and contact area are used to develop a constitutive model, based on contact mechanics, for describing the fracture normal and shear deformability. The experimental testing results of normal deformability are simulated well by the model whereas fracture shear deformability is not as well modelled. The model predicts well fracture dilation but is too stiff compared to rock samples. A mathematical description of the aperture pattern during shearing is also formulated. The mean value and covariance of the aperture in shearing is calculated and verifies reported observations. The aperture map of samples is inserted in a numerical program for flow calculation. The 'integral transform method' is used for solving the Reynolds' equation; it transforms the fracture transmissivity pattern into a frequency-based function. This closely resembles the power laws that describe fractals. This function can be described directly from the fractal properties of

  3. Pediatric stress fractures

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    de la Cuadra, P.; Albiñana, J.

    2000-01-01

    Stress fractures in children are uncommon. This report describes the findings of 8 cases in 6 children. One patient had 3 stress fractures: 2 consecutive midshaft stress fractures of the same tibia associated with one of the fibula. Signs and symptoms may be misdiagnosed as malignant tumors or osteomyelitis. Serial radiographs and computed tomography scans are the key to the diagnosis, although bone scan and magnetic resonance imaging can be helpful. Biopsy is unnecessary and might even be mi...

  4. Bone fractures after menopause

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    Barlow, David H.; Bouchard, Philippe; Brandi, Maria Luisa; Evers, J.L.H.; Glasier, A.; Negri, Eva; Papapoulos, Socrates E; Ralston, Stuart H; Rizzoli, Rene; Baird, D T; Collins, J.; G. Benagiano; P.G. Crosignani; La Vecchia, C.; Volpe, A

    2010-01-01

    Every year 30% of individuals above age 65 fall, and falls are the principal cause of bone fractures. To reduce fracture incidence requires both prevention of falls and maintenance of bone strength.PubMed searches were performed, for studies of the epidemiology of fractures, bone physiology, endocrine effects, osteoporosis measurement, genetics, prevention and effectiveness. Topic summaries were presented to the Workshop Group and omissions or disagreements were resolved by discussion.Ageing ...

  5. Pelvic Insufficiency Fractures

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    O’Connor, Timothy J.; Cole, Peter A.

    2014-01-01

    Pelvic insufficiency fractures may occur in the absence of trauma or as a result of low-energy trauma in osteoporotic bone. With a growing geriatric population, the incidence of pelvic insufficiency fracture has increased over the last 3 decades and will continue to do so. These fractures can cause considerable pain, loss of independence, and economic burden to both the patient and the health care system. While many of these injuries are identified and treated based on plain radiographs, some...

  6. Fracture Nasal Bone

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    Balasubramanian, Thiagarajan; Venkatesan, Ulaganathan

    2013-01-01

    Nose is the most prominent part of the face, hence it is likely to be the most common structure to be injured in the face. Although fractures involving the nasal bones are very common, it is often ignored by the patient. Patients with fractures of nasal bone will have deformity, tenderness, haemorrhage, edema, ecchymosis, instability, and crepitation. These features may be present in varying combinations. This article discusses the pathophysiology of these fractures, role of radiography and u...

  7. FRACTURE NASAL BONES

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    Balasubramanian Thaigarajan; Venkatesan Ulaganathan

    2013-01-01

    Nose is the most prominent part of the face, hence it is likely to be the most common structure to be injured in the face. Although fractures involving the nasal bones are very common, it is often ignored by the patient. Patients with fractures of nasal bone will have deformity, tenderness, haemorrhage, edema, ecchymosis, instability, and crepitation. These features may be present in varying combinations. This article discusses the pathophysiology of these fractures, role of radiography a...

  8. OPEN REDUCTION AND K-WIRE FIXATION OF VERY LATE PRESENTING PAEDIATRIC SUPRASUPRACONDYLAR HUMERAL FRACTURES USING INVERTED V-Y TRICEPSPLASTY APPROACH AND CALLUS OSTEOCLASIS

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    Vidya Bhushan; Amit Kumar; Lakhtakia

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    Fracture supracondylar humerus is a common paediatric injury. The current preferred treatment option for the displaced supracondylar fracture is early closed reduction and percutaneous pinning. Neglected displaced fractures of supracondylar humerus are not uncommon in developing countries like India. We prospectively evaluated the results of early correction of 8 malunited paediatric supracondylar humeral fractures using inverted V-Y tricepsplasty approach and callus osteoclasis (...

  9. Increasing fracture during childhood

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    Although calvarial fractures usually heal well in children, it may occur that interposition of dura and arachnoidea leads to an enlargement of the fracture line, and to formation of a leptomeningeal cyst accompanied by an arrosion of the bone. This defect of the skull cap is the so-called 'growing fracture of the vault of the cranium'. Clinical manifestation of this growing fracture is a swelling that occurs after some weeks on the skull. Diagnostic evaluation can be done by CT and X-ray radiography. (orig./GDG)

  10. Fracture of the styloid process associated with the mandible fracture

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    K N Dubey; Ajay Bajaj; Ish Kumar

    2013-01-01

    Fracture of the styloid process (SP) of temporal bone is an uncommon injuries. Fracture of the SP can be associated with the facial injuries including mandible fracture. However, injury to the SP may be concealed and missed diagnosis may lead to the improper or various unnecessary treatments. A rare case of SP fracture associated with the ipsilateral mandibular fracture and also the diagnostic and management considerations of the SP fracture are discussed.

  11. Fracture of the styloid process associated with the mandible fracture

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    K N Dubey

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Fracture of the styloid process (SP of temporal bone is an uncommon injuries. Fracture of the SP can be associated with the facial injuries including mandible fracture. However, injury to the SP may be concealed and missed diagnosis may lead to the improper or various unnecessary treatments. A rare case of SP fracture associated with the ipsilateral mandibular fracture and also the diagnostic and management considerations of the SP fracture are discussed.

  12. Mandibular Ramus Fracture: An Overview of Rare Anatomical Subsite

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. The present study aims at exemplifying the incidence, and aetiology and analyses the outcomes of open reduction internal fixation (ORIF over closed treatment of mandibular ramus fractures. Patients and Method. In the present retrospective analysis of mandibular fracture patients, variables analysed were age, sex, cause of injury, pretreatment occlusion, treatment given, period of maxillo-mandibular fixation (MMF, and posttreatment occlusion. Results. Out of 388 mandibular fractures treated, ramus fractures were 12 (3.09%. In the present study, predominant cause of mandibular ramus fracture was road traffic accident (RTA n = 07 (58.33% followed by fall n = 04 (33.33% and assault n = 1 (8.33%. The average age was 35.9 years with a male predilection. Of these, 9 patients were treated with ORIF while remaining 3 with closed treatment. The average MMF after closed treatment was 21 days and 3 to 5 days after ORIF. There was improvement in occlusion in all 12 patients posttreatment with no major complication except for reduced mouth opening in cases treated with ORIF which recovered with physiotherapy and muscle relaxants. Conclusion. Mandibular ramus fractures accounted for 3.09% with RTA as a common aetiology. ORIF of ramus fractures facilitated adequate functional and anatomic reduction with early return of function.

  13. Hip Fractures among Older Adults

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    ... online training for health care providers. Learn More Hip Fractures Among Older Adults Recommend on Facebook Tweet ... get older. What You Can Do to Prevent Hip Fractures You can prevent hip fractures by taking ...

  14. Concrete fracture models and applications

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    2011-01-01

    Concrete-Fracture Models and Applications provides a basic introduction to nonlinear concrete fracture models. Readers will find a state-of-the-art review on various aspects of the material behavior and development of different concrete fracture models.

  15. Long term surgical treatment outcome of talar body fracture

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available 【Abstract】Objective: Talar body fractures are rare and have poor treatment outcome. The purpose of this study is to report the long term surgical treatment outcome of closed talar dome fractures. Methods: Eight closed talar body fractures, treated by open reduction and internal fixation with small fragment cancellous screws and/or Herbert screws in our level I trauma centre were retrospectively analyzed. Preoperative and postoperative radiographs of the foot (antero-posterior, lateral and oblique views and ankle (antero-posterior, lateral and mortise views were obtained. The patients were followed up both radiologically and functionally (foot function index, FFI after 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and then annually. Results: There were five crush fractures and three shear fractures (two sagittal shear and one coronal shear, with average follow-up of 5 years. No early complications were noticed in these patients. Late complications included osteoarthrosis of subtalar/ankle joints in six patients and osteonecrosis of talar body in four patients. On functional assessment, mean FFI after 5 years was 104.63 points and worse outcome was noticed in crush injury and coronal shear fractures. Sagittal shear fractures had a good functional and radiological outcome. Conclusions: Late complications subsequent to surgically treated talar body fractures are inevitable, even though exact reduction and rigid fixation are achieved, thus patients are supposed to be counseled about the adverse outcome. Although crush and coronal shear fractures have poor outcome, sagittal injuries have good prognosis on long term evaluation. Key words: Fractures, bone; Talus; Fracture fixation, internal

  16. Mandibular Condyle Fractures and Treatment Modalities

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Maxillofacial injuries are most commonly associated with falls, motor and vehicle accidents, sports-related trauma, and interpersonel violence. The complexity of mandibular condyle region and its anatomic proximity to other craniofacial structures complicate diagnosis and treatment. Thus, treatment approaches of mandibular condyle fracture are still controversial. In the literature, different success rates are reported about observation versus treatment, closed reduction versus open reduction and fixation methods. In the present article, controversial issues related to mandibular condyle fractures were reviewed under the light of current literature. In conclusion, the simplest way that can be done with the least risk of complication should be chosen during treatment planning. In addition, current adjunctive treatment methods accelerating healing of fracture should be considered. [Archives Medical Review Journal 2014; 23(4.000: 658-671

  17. IPIRG programs - advances in pipe fracture technology

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    Wilkowski, G.; Olson, R.; Scott, P. [Batelle, Columbus, OH (United States)

    1997-04-01

    This paper presents an overview of the advances made in fracture control technology as a result of the research performed in the International Piping Integrity Research Group (IPIRG) program. The findings from numerous experiments and supporting analyses conducted to investigate the behavior of circumferentially flawed piping and pipe systems subjected to high-rate loading typical of seismic events are summarized. Topics to be discussed include; (1) Seismic loading effects on material properties, (2) Piping system behavior under seismic loads, (3) Advances in elbow fracture evaluations, and (4) {open_quotes}Real{close_quotes} piping system response. The presentation for each topic will be illustrated with data and analytical results. In each case, the state-of-the-art in fracture mechanics prior to the first IPIRG program will be contrasted with the state-of-the-art at the completion of the IPIRG-2 program.

  18. Review of penile fracture

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    A detailed current review was performed of penile fracture. A literature search and analysis were compiled of studies made in the last 15 years about the proper management of penile fracture. These have allowed for a practical guide to the diagnosis and early treatment by the urologist

  19. THORACIC SPINE FRACTURES

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    2001-01-01

    Objective. To investigate the unique characteristics and treatment of thoracic spine fractures.Methods. Severty-seven patients with thoracic spine fractures were retrospectively reviewed. Of these, therewere 37 compressior fractures, 34 fracture-dislocations, 3 burst fractures and 3 burst-dislocations. Twenty-six pa-tients had a complete lesion of the spinal cord, 14 sustained a neurologically incomplete injury, and 37 wereneurologically intact. Fifty-three patients were treated nonoperatively and 24 treated operatively.Results. All patients were followed up for 2 ~ 15 years. None of the 26 patients with a complete lesion recov-ered any significant function. Of 37 neurologically intact patients, 13 had local pain although all of them re-mained normal function. Two of 14 patients with incomplete paraplegia returned to normal, 7 recovered some func-tion and 5 did not recovered.Conclusions. E ecause of the unique anatomy and biomechanics of the thoracic spine, the classification common-ly applied to thoracolumbar fractures is not suitable for thoracic fractures. Fusion and instrumentation are indicat-ed when the fractures are unstable, while patients with incomplete lesion of the spinal cord may be the candidatesfor supplemented decompression.

  20. Pediatric Thighbone (Femur) Fracture

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    ... carefully examine the leg, including the hip and knee. A child with a thighbone fracture should always be evaluated for other serious injuries. ... down the uninjured leg, or stop at the knee or hip. Your doctor will decide ... your child’s fracture. Your doctor will sedate your child for the ...

  1. Vertebral Fracture Prediction

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    2008-01-01

    Vertebral Fracture Prediction A method of processing data derived from an image of at least part of a spine is provided for estimating the risk of a future fracture in vertebraeof the spine. Position data relating to at least four neighbouring vertebrae of the spine is processed. The curvature of...

  2. Tibia (Shinbone) Shaft Fractures

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    ... the recovery period. For example, if so tissue injury is present with a fracture, the knee, ankle, foot, and toes may be mobilized early in ... bone are typically the result of higher energy mechanisms (as opposed to the spiral-type fractures ... injuries). They also have increased injury to the tissues ...

  3. Evaluation of surgical stabilization of metacarpal and phalangeal fractures of hand

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    Gupta Rakesh

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Optimized functional results are difficult to achieve following hand injuries. This prospective study was undertaken to evaluate the functional outcome after surgical stabilization of metacarpal and phalangeal fractures. Materials and Methods: Forty-five fractures of digits of hand in 31 patients were managed by surgical stabilization. Five fractures were fixed with closed reduction and percutaneous Kirschner wire fixation; 10 with external fixator; 26 with open reduction and Kirschner wire fixation; and four with open reduction and plate and screw or screw fixation. Results: Final evaluation of the patients was done at the end of three months. It was based on total active range of motion for digital functional assessment as suggested by the American Society for surgery of hand. Overall results were excellent to good in 87%. Better total active range of motion (excellent grade was observed in metacarpal fractures (47% versus phalanx fractures (31%; closed fractures (57% versus open fractures (27%; and single digit involvement (55% versus multiple digits (29%. Excellent total active range of motion was observed with all four plate and screw/ screw fixation technique (100% and closed reduction and percutaneous kirschner wire fixation (60%. Twenty-two complications were observed in 10 patients with finger stiffness being the most common. Conclusion: Surgical stabilization of metacarpal and phalangeal fractures of hand seems to give good functional outcome. Closed fractures and fractures with single digit involvement have shown a better grade of total active range of motion.

  4. Proximal femoral fractures

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    Palm, Henrik; Teixidor, Jordi

    2015-01-01

    guidelines for hip fracture surgery and discuss a method for future pathway/guideline implementation and evaluation. METHODS: By a PubMed search in March 2015 six studies of surgical treatment pathways covering all types of proximal femoral fractures with publication after 1995 were identified. Also we......BACKGROUND: In hip fracture surgery, the exact choice of implant often remains somewhat unclear for the individual surgeon, but the growing literature consensus has enabled publication of evidence-based surgical treatment pathways. The aim of this article was to review author pathways and national......-displaced femoral neck fractures and prosthesis for displaced among the elderly; and sliding hip screw for stabile- and intramedullary nails for unstable- and sub-trochanteric fractures) but they are based on a variety of criteria and definitions - and often leave wide space for the individual surgeons' subjective...

  5. Apparent capitellar fractures.

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    Ring, David

    2007-11-01

    Isolated capitellar fractures are rare but are identified as such, even when they are more complex, because the displaced capitellar fracture is usually the most obvious and identifiable radiographic finding and because teaching has traditionally underemphasized the involvement of the trochlea in such fractures. The author prefers the term 'apparent capitellar fractures' and draws on his experience to explain why he favors three-dimensional CT for depicting fracture detail. This article discusses treatment options, emphasizing open reduction and internal fixation to restore the native elbow. Operative techniques, including extensile lateral exposure and olecranon osteotomy; fixation techniques; and elbow arthroplasty, are described. Complications, such as ulnar neuropathy and infection, are also covered. PMID:18054674

  6. Probabilistic fracture mechanics

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    It has been attempted to present the elements of probabilistic fracture mechanics in a self-contained way. First, for brittle fracture, damage theories are discussed which allow for the effects of both size and local strength of the structure on the probability of fracture. Second, combined crack and damage theories are presented. They provide insight into macro-crack formation and take into account the effects of crack orientation and multiaxial states of stress. For fatigue, both the two-phase theory of damage and crack extension as well as the cumulative theory (of damage or of crack extension) are presented. They give estimates for the lifetime of a structure under random load. The effect of random material properties may be included. Finally, an assessment of the probability of failure of reactor pressure vessels is discussed. There, brittle fracture and fatigue are taken into account and both fracture toughness and crack size are considered to be random quantities. (Auth.)

  7. Remodeling of a nontreated displaced parasymphyseal fracture of a child.

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    Kerem, Hakan; Usluer, Ayşen; Yoleri, Levent

    2011-07-01

    There have been considerable advances in the management of craniomaxillofacial injuries in children. Conservative approaches such as close observation, a liquid-to-soft diet, and analgesics can be used for the management of mandibular fractures without displacement and malocclusion. However, displaced fractures need to be an anatomic reduction and immobilization. The basic principle of displaced mandibular fractures in both children and adults is the stabilization of fracture fragments forming the pretraumatic contour and occlusion state until osteosynthesis occurs. The major differences of pediatric fractures from adults are the flexibility of bones and very rapid healing pattern. Therefore, reduction in pediatric age group must be accomplished earlier. This case was an 11-year-old boy presented with a severely displaced parasymphyseal mandibular fracture resulting from a fall. He was given a soft diet and analgesic, given anti-inflammatory treatment of edema, and scheduled for operation. Subsequently, it was surprisingly observed that there was a significant improvement in the fracture line on the 12th posttraumatic day. The comparison of maxillofacial computed tomographic scans of the first and 12th posttraumatic days revealed a noteworthy remodeling and a remarkable approximation of the fracture lines. It can be concluded that bone remodelization in the pediatric age groups is perfect and very rapid, even in severely displaced fractures. PMID:21772181

  8. Non-linear hydrotectonic phenomena: Part I - fluid flow in open fractures under dynamical stress loading

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    A fractured solid under stress loading (or unloading) can be viewed as behaving macroscopically as a medium with internal, hidden, degrees of freedom, wherein changes in fracture geometry (i.e. opening, closing and extension) and flow of fluid and gas within fractures will produce major changes in stresses and strains within the solid. Likewise, the flow process within fractures will be strongly coupled to deformation within the solid through boundary conditions on the fracture surfaces. The effects in the solid can, in part, be phenomenologically represented as inelastic or plastic processes in the macroscopic view. However, there are clearly phenomena associated with fracture growth and open fracture fluid flows that produce effects that can not be described using ordinary inelastic phenomenology. This is evident from the fact that a variety of energy release phenomena can occur, including seismic emissions of previously stored strain energy due to fracture growth, release of disolved gas from fluids in the fractures resulting in enhanced buoyancy and subsequent energetic flows of gas and fluids through the fracture system which can produce raid extension of old fractures and the creation of new ones. Additionally, the flows will be modulated by the opening and closing of fractures due to deformation in the solid, so that the flow process is strongly coupled to dynamical processes in the surrounding solid matrix, some of which are induced by the flow itself

  9. Non-linear hydrotectonic phenomena: Part I - fluid flow in open fractures under dynamical stress loading

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    Archambeau, C.B. [Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)

    1994-01-01

    A fractured solid under stress loading (or unloading) can be viewed as behaving macroscopically as a medium with internal, hidden, degrees of freedom, wherein changes in fracture geometry (i.e. opening, closing and extension) and flow of fluid and gas within fractures will produce major changes in stresses and strains within the solid. Likewise, the flow process within fractures will be strongly coupled to deformation within the solid through boundary conditions on the fracture surfaces. The effects in the solid can, in part, be phenomenologically represented as inelastic or plastic processes in the macroscopic view. However, there are clearly phenomena associated with fracture growth and open fracture fluid flows that produce effects that can not be described using ordinary inelastic phenomenology. This is evident from the fact that a variety of energy release phenomena can occur, including seismic emissions of previously stored strain energy due to fracture growth, release of disolved gas from fluids in the fractures resulting in enhanced buoyancy and subsequent energetic flows of gas and fluids through the fracture system which can produce raid extension of old fractures and the creation of new ones. Additionally, the flows will be modulated by the opening and closing of fractures due to deformation in the solid, so that the flow process is strongly coupled to dynamical processes in the surrounding solid matrix, some of which are induced by the flow itself.

  10. Temporal Bone Fracture Causing Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence

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    Kevin A. Peng

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    Full Text Available Importance. Superior semicircular canal dehiscence (SCD is a third window lesion of the inner ear causing symptoms of vertigo, autophony, tinnitus, and hearing loss. A “two-hit” hypothesis has traditionally been proposed, whereby thinly developed bone overlying the superior canal is disrupted by a sudden change in intracranial pressure. Although the symptoms of SCD may be precipitated by head injury, no previous reports have described a temporal bone fracture directly causing SCD. Observations. Two patients sustained temporal bone fractures after closed head trauma, and developed unilateral otologic symptoms consistent with SCD. In each instance, computed tomography imaging revealed fractures extending through the bony roof of the superior semicircular canal. Conclusions and Relevance. Temporal bone fractures, which are largely treated nonoperatively, have not previously been reported to cause SCD. As it is a potentially treatable entity, SCD resulting from temporal bone fracture must be recognized as a possibility and diagnosed promptly if present.

  11. Radiological diagnosis of fractures

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    This book is about radiology of fractures. While it contains sections of clinical features it is not intended that readers should rely entirely upon these for the diagnosis and management of the injured patient. As in the diagnosis and treatment of all medical problems, fracture management must be carried out in a logical step-by-step fashion - namely, history, examination, investigation, differential diagnosis, diagnosis and then treatment. Each section deals with a specific anatomical area and begins with line drawings of the normal radiographs demonstrating the anatomy. Accessory views that may be requested, and the indications for these, are included. Any radiological pitfalls for the area in general are then described. The fractures in adults are then examined in turn, their radiological features described, and any pitfalls in their diagnosis discussed. A brief note of important clinical findings is included. A brief mention is made of pediatric fractures which are of significance and their differences to the adult pattern indicated. Although fractures can be classified into types with different characteristics, in life every fracture is individual. Fractures by and large follow common patterns, but many have variations

  12. Inverse fracture network modelling

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    The basic problem in analyzing flow and transport in fractured rock is that the flow may be largely governed by a poorly connected network of fractures. Flow in such a system cannot be modeled with traditional modelling techniques. Fracture network models also have a limitation, in that they are based on geological data on fracture geometry even though it is known that only a small portion of fractures observed is hydraulically active. This paper discusses a new technique developed for treating the problem as well as presents a modelling example carried out to apply it. The approach is developed in Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and it treats the fracture zone as an 'equivalent discontinuum'. The discontinuous nature of the problem is represented through flow on a partially filled lattice. An equivalent discontinuum model is constructed by adding and removing conductive elements through a statistical inverse technique called 'simulated annealing'. The fracture network model is 'annealed' until the modified systems behaves like the observed. The further development of the approach continues at LBL and in a joint LBL/VTT collaboration project the possibilities to apply the technique in Finnish conditions are investigated

  13. Primary fractures within a tuff cone, North Menan Butte, Idaho, U.S.A.

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    Russell, W. J.; Brisbin, W. C.

    1990-01-01

    North Menan Butte is a tuff cone near Idaho Falls, Idaho. It is a result of the eruption of basaltic magma through shallow water-saturated river alluvium of the Snake River. The cone is characterized by primary fractures that can be classified into four groups on the basis of their physical properties and their orientations relative to the symmetry elements of the cone. Type I fractures are short, closely spaced and usually confined to individual beds. They strike approximately at right angles to cone radii and always dip toward the rim of the tuff cone. Bed segments separated by these fractures have undergone rotation, resulting in normal displacements. Type II fractures have similar attitudes but are more continuous, less frequent, and show no shear displacement. Type III fractures also strike at right angles to cone radii, but they dip away from the cone rim. They cut across several beds and reveal inconsistent senses of shear displacement. Type IV fractures are radial, steeply dipping and tend to be the most continuous of all fracture types. Type I fractures were the earliest to develop; age relationships otherwise are uncertain. Examples of all four types of fractures are exposed on the inner and outer eroded slopes of the cone. Evidence from the cone indicates that the fractures developed in an unconsolidated aggregate of tuff with low cohesion; therefore, analysis of fracture genesis should be constrained by principles of soil mechanics. Type I fractures originated as tension fractures related to early downslope mass movement. Later movement on Type I fractures accompanied the development of Type III shear fractures and possible bedding plane displacements, all caused by overloading the crest of the cone by late-stage eruptive products. The origin of Type II fractures is unknown; shrinkage due to desiccation or large-scale creep are possible explanations. The radial Type IV fractures may be a consequence of desiccation shrinkage or possibly of subcone

  14. Dynamic plate osteosynthesis for fracture stabilization: how to do it

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    Juerg Sonderegger

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Plate osteosynthesis is one treatment option for the stabilization of long bones. It is widely accepted to achieve bone healing with a dynamic and biological fixation where the perfusion of the bone is left intact and micromotion at the fracture gap is allowed. The indications for a dynamic plate osteosynthesis include distal tibial and femoral fractures, some midshaft fractures, and adolescent tibial and femoral fractures with not fully closed growth plates. Although many lower limb shaft fractures are managed successfully with intramedullary nails, there are some important advantages of open-reduction-and-plate fixation: the risk of malalignment, anterior knee pain, or nonunion seems to be lower. The surgeon performing a plate osteosynthesis has the possibility to influence fixation strength and micromotion at the fracture gap. Long plates and oblique screws at the plate ends increase fixation strength. However, the number of screws does influence stiffness and stability. Lag screws and screws close to the fracture site reduce micromotion dramatically. Dynamic plate osteosynthesis can be achieved by applying some simple rules: long plates with only a few screws should be used. Oblique screws at the plate ends increase the pullout strength. Two or three holes at the fracture site should be omitted. Lag screws, especially through the plate, must be avoided whenever possible. Compression is not required. Locking plates are recommended only in fractures close to the joint. When respecting these basic concepts, dynamic plate osteosynthesis is a safe procedure with a high healing and a low complication rate. 

  15. Dry fracture method for simultaneous measurement of in-situ stress state and material properties

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    Serata, S. [Serata Geomechanics, Inc., Richmond, CA (United States); Oka, S.; Kikuchi, S. [JDC Corp., Tokyo (Japan)

    1996-04-01

    Based on the dry fracture principle, a computerized borehole probe has been developed to measure stress state and material properties, simultaneously. The probe is designed to obtain a series of measurements in a continuing sequence along a borehole length, without any interruptive measures, such as resetting packers, taking indentation of borehole wall, overcoming, etc. The new dry fracture probe for the single fracture method is designed to overcome the difficulties posed by its ancestor which was based on the double fracture method. The accuracy of the single fracture method is confirmed by a close agreement with the theory, FE modeling and laboratory testing.

  16. Hydraulic sealing of fractured argillaceous rocks

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    samples (diameter/length = 70/20 mm) under two temperatures (20 C and 90 C). The hydraulic sealing of fractures was determined by measuring Bure synthetic pore water flow through specimens placed in percolation cells. Confinement is obtained by the swelling pressure developed by the clay content of the sample. After a 2 months phase dedicated to water saturation, the first flux measurement are made on the intact specimen. Once the water flux stabilised, the clay specimen is fractured directly into the percolation cell by applying a shear stress on the sample. Then, water flux evolution is measured on the damaged sample. The flux of water percolating through the intact specimen has been determined under a pressure gradient (ΔP) of 10 bars. Results show that the water flux (Q) is almost constant on intact clay over the first period and close to 3.8 10-13 m3s-1 (∼1.4 μL/h). Just after fracturing, an increase of water flux (multiplied by three) has been observed followed by a slow decrease over 150 days. Clay permeability (Kint) can be derived according to the Darcy law. After 5 months, water permeability of the fractured specimen is closed to the one obtained with the clay before mechanical damaging. Those results show that hydraulic sealing of COX argillite may occur within few months at room temperature, under a mechanical confinement. Future work is scheduled to test different kind of fracturing (variable apertures, fracture network, several level of confining pressure...) and to obtain results more representatives of the different observations made on the in situ EDZ. (authors)

  17. FRACTURE NASAL BONES

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    Balasubramanian Thaigarajan

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Nose is the most prominent part of the face, hence it is likely to be the most common structure to be injured in the face. Although fractures involving the nasal bones are very common, it is often ignored by the patient. Patients with fractures of nasal bone will have deformity, tenderness, haemorrhage, edema, ecchymosis, instability, and crepitation. These features may be present in varying combinations. This article discusses the pathophysiology of these fractures, role of radiography and ultrasound in their diagnosis and their management.

  18. Strontium Is Incorporated into the Fracture Callus but Does Not Influence the Mechanical Strength of Healing Rat Fractures

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    Brüel, Annemarie; Olsen, Jakob; Birkedal, Henrik;

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    Strontium ranelate (SrR) is a new agent used in the treatment of osteoporosis and is suggested to reduce bone resorption and increase bone formation. We investigated whether SrR influences the macro- and nanomechnical properties of healing fractures in rats. A closed tibia fracture model was used...... to study fracture healing in rats after 3 and 8 weeks of healing. Two groups of rats were treated with SrR (900 mg/kg/day) mixed into the food, while two groups served as control animals. The healing fractures were investigated by three-point bending, dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, energy...... significant increase in callus bone mineral content (P\\0.05). However, after 8 weeks of healing, no difference was found in either callus volume or bone mineral content. SrR did not influence maximum load or stiffness of the fractures after either 3 or 8 weeks of healing. EDX showed that Sr was incorporated...

  19. Effect of tunnel excavation on transmissivity distributions and flow in a fracture zone

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    During an excavation-response experiment performed at the Underground Research Laboratory (Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Pinawa, MB (CA)) a decrease in fracture-zone transmissivity was measured as a tunnel intersected the room 209 fracture zone. The decrease in transmissivity was greatest as the pilot and the slash faces passed the fracture zone. The transmissivities increased towards their preexcavation values as the faces proceeded past the fracture zone. This response suggested that shear stresses or displacements controlled the hydraulic behaviour of the fractures. The hydraulic response in the fracture zone was analyzed using finite element models. Prediction of shear-displacement distributions in the fracture zone as a function of face position were obtained from a three-dimensional finite element model using joint elements to represent the fracture zone. A phenomenological relationship between shear displacement and transmissivity change was used to modify the transmissivity distributions in the fracture zone based on shear displacements for different excavation stages. Seepage analyses with these transmissivities provided predictions that matched closely the field measurements obtained from the room 209 fracture zone. These results and the inability of conventional, normal stress dependent, fracture closure to predict consistently the hydraulic response support the concept of shear causing a reduction in fracture-zone transmissivity. Excavation-dependent, shear-induced reduction in transmissivity provides an alternate mechanism for interpreting and understanding the hydraulic response of disturbed fracture zones

  20. Fracture Phenomena in Amorphous Selenium

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    Lindegaard-Andersen, Asger; Dahle, Birgit

    1966-01-01

    Fracture surfaces of amorphous selenium broken in flexure at room temperature have been studied. The fracture velocity was found to vary in different regions of the fracture surface. Peculiar features were observed in a transition zone between fast and slower fracture. In this zone cleavage steps...

  1. Hydraulic Fracture Containment in Sand

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    Dong, Y.

    2010-01-01

    The mechanism of hydraulic fracturing in soft, high permeability material is considered fundamentally different from that in hard, low permeability rock, where a tensile fracture is created and conventional linear elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM) applies. The fracturing and associated modeling work

  2. Fracture characteristics in Japanese rock

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    It is crucial for the performance assessment of geosphere to evaluate the characteristics of fractures that can be dominant radionuclide migration pathways from a repository to biosphere. This report summarizes the characteristics of fractures obtained from broad literature surveys and the fields surveys at the Kamaishi mine in northern Japan and at outcrops and galleries throughout the country. The characteristics of fractures described in this report are fracture orientation, fracture shape, fracture frequency, fracture distribution in space, transmissivity of fracture, fracture aperture, fracture fillings, alteration halo along fracture, flow-wetted surface area in fracture, and the correlation among these characteristics. Since granitic rock is considered the archetype fractured media, a large amount of fracture data is available in literature. In addition, granitic rock has been treated as a potential host rock in many overseas programs, and has JNC performed a number of field observations and experiments in granodiorite at the Kamaishi mine. Therefore, the characteristics of fractures in granitic rock are qualitatively and quantitatively clarified to some extent in this report, while the characteristics of fractures in another rock types are not clarified. (author)

  3. "Floating arm" injury in a child with fractures of the proximal and distal parts of the humerus: a case report

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    Güven Melih

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Simultaneous supracondylar humerus fracture and ipsilateral fracture of the proximal humerus in children is rare. Case presentation A 10-year-old Turkish boy with an extension type supracondylar humerus fracture and ipsilateral fracture at the proximal metaphyseal-diaphyseal junction of the humerus was treated by closed reduction and percutaneous Kirschner wire fixation. Closed reduction was performed using a Kirschner wire as a "joystick" to manipulate the humeral shaft after some swelling occurred around the elbow and shoulder. Conclusion The combination of fractures at the proximal and distal parts of the humerus can be termed as "floating arm" injury. Initial treatment of this unusual injury should be focused on the supracondylar humerus fracture. However, closed reduction can be difficult to perform with the swelling around the elbow and shoulder. A temporary Kirschner wire can be used as a "joystick" to fix and reduce the fracture.

  4. Medial calcaneal nerve and neurogenic painful heel syndrome: anatomic basis%跟内侧神经与神经源性跟痛症关系的解剖学基础

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    冯成安; 孙俊; 刘宗良; 范炜; 张东葵; 叶频

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    Objective To investigate the relationship between the medial calcaneal nerve (MCN) and neurogenic painful heel syndrome (NPHS), and provide anatomical evidence for study, diagnosis and therapy. Methods 32 formalin-fixed adult lower limb specimens were used in the study. MCN was dissected for demonstrating the origin, course, branches and the distribution. Results 41.42% of MCN originated from the trunk of tibial nerve, however, 28.57% originated from the bifurcation site of tibial nerve, 18.57% from the medial plantar nerve, and 11.42% from the lateral plantar nerve. The distance from the origin of MCN to the middle point between the lowest margin of the medial malleolus and the medial process of calcaneal tuberosity was about (30.22± 15.34)mm. MCN distributed to medial heel, the skin of footplate, and soft tissue of heel, after passing through flexor retinaculum. Conclusions MCN maybe compressed in the ankle canal, or the calcaneal tunnel, or at the site of passing from the flexor retinaculum, which are probably related to the occurrence of the plantar fasciitis and heel pain.%目的 探讨跟内侧神经的局部解剖特点及其与神经源性跟痛症的关系,为临床诊断治疗提供解剖学依据.方法 32侧防腐成人尸体下肢标本,解剖观察跟内侧神经的起源、分支、走行和分布特点.结果 跟内侧神经41.42%起源于胫神经,28.57%起源于胫神经分叉处,18.57%起源于足底内侧神经,11.42%起源于足底外侧神经.起点距O点(内踝尖最下缘与跟骨结节内侧突连线中点)(30.22±15.34)mm.跟内侧神经穿出屈肌支持带后分布于足跟内侧及跟底的皮肤和跟垫组织.结论 跟内侧神经在踝管内,浅出屈肌支持带处及跟管内可能被卡压;神经卡压或病变可能与足底腱膜炎发生及疼痛有关.

  5. Stress fractures in athletes

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    The early exclusion of the presence of a stress fracture may be decisive for the success of an athlete. Scintigraphy with a bone-seeking radiopharmaceutical is suitable for the early detection of stress lesions. Of 30 athletes, fractures were demonstrated in 17 whereas in 6 they were excluded. We found most fractures in the tarsal bones such as os naviculare pedis, ossa cuneiformia and talus. The type of sport engaged in appears to be an important factor in determining the location of the fracture. Scintiphotos were taken in several views using region of interest techniques and two phase-scintigraphy. This method is considered to be useful for localization and follow-up of skeletal stress lesions as well as for differential diagnosis. (orig.)

  6. Hip fracture - discharge

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    ... 2012:chap 55. Read More Broken bone Hip fracture surgery Hip pain Leg MRI scan Osteoporosis - overview Patient Instructions Getting your home ready - knee or hip surgery Osteomyelitis - discharge Update Date 11/ ...

  7. Ankle fracture - aftercare

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    ... page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000548.htm Ankle fracture - aftercare To use the sharing features on this ... Sit with your foot elevated higher than your knee at least 4 times a day Apply an ...

  8. Hip fracture surgeries

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    ... nih.gov/pubmed/20837683 . Weinlein JC. Fractures and dislocations of the hip. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbell's Operative ... Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, ...

  9. Fracture Mechanics of Concrete

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    Ulfkjær, Jens Peder

    Chapter 1 Chapter l contains the introduction to this thesis. The scope of the thesis is partly to investigate different numerical and analytical models based on fracture mechanical ideas, which are able to predict size effects, and partly to perform an experimental investigation on high-strength......Chapter 1 Chapter l contains the introduction to this thesis. The scope of the thesis is partly to investigate different numerical and analytical models based on fracture mechanical ideas, which are able to predict size effects, and partly to perform an experimental investigation on high......-strength concrete. Chapter 2 A description of the factors which influence the strength and cracking of concrete and high strength concrete is made. Then basic linear fracture mechanics is outlined followed by a description and evaluation of the models used to describe concrete fracture in tension. The chapter ends...

  10. Paediatric talus fracture.

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    Byrne, Ann-Maria

    2012-01-01

    Paediatric talus fractures are rare injuries resulting from axial loading of the talus against the anterior tibia with the foot in dorsiflexion. Skeletally immature bone is less brittle, with higher elastic resistance than adult bone, thus the paediatric talus can sustain higher forces before fractures occur. However, displaced paediatric talus fractures and those associated with high-energy trauma have been associated with complications including avascular necrosis, arthrosis, delayed union, neurapraxia and the need for revision surgery. The authors present the rare case of a talar neck fracture in a skeletally immature young girl, initially missed on radiological review. However, clinical suspicion on the part of the emergency physician, repeat examination and further radiographic imaging revealed this rare paediatric injury.

  11. Metatarsal stress fractures - aftercare

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    ... blood pressure, kidney disease, or have had stomach ulcers or bleeding, talk with your doctor before using ... pain. When you restart an activity after a stress fracture, build up slowly. If your foot begins ...

  12. Classical fracture mechanics methods

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    Comprehensive Structural Integrity is a reference work which covers all activities involved in the assurance of structural integrity. It provides engineers and scientists with an unparalleled depth of knowledge in the disciplines involved. The new online Volume 11 is dedicated to the mechanical characteristics of materials. This paper contains the chapter 11.02 of this volume and is structured as follows: Test techniques; Analysis; Fracture behavior; Fracture toughness tests for nonmetals

  13. Osteoporosis and Skeletal Fractures

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    2006-01-01

    Osteoporosis affects millions of individuals worldwide, rendering them susceptible to fragility fractures of the spine, hip, and wrist and leading to significant morbidity, mortality, and economic cost. Given the substantial impact of osteoporosis on both patients and the medical community, it is imperative that physicians improve awareness and knowledge of osteoporosis in the setting of low-energy fractures. In this review, we provide information on effective means of preventing fragility fr...

  14. Relative permeability through fractures

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    Diomampo, Gracel, P.

    2001-08-01

    The mechanism of two-phase flow through fractures is of importance in understanding many geologic processes. Currently, two-phase flow through fractures is still poorly understood. In this study, nitrogen-water experiments were done on both smooth and rough parallel plates to determine the governing flow mechanism for fractures and the appropriate methodology for data analysis. The experiments were done using a glass plate to allow visualization of flow. Digital video recording allowed instantaneous measurement of pressure, flow rate and saturation. Saturation was computed using image analysis techniques. The experiments showed that gas and liquid phases flow through fractures in nonuniform separate channels. The localized channels change with time as each phase path undergoes continues breaking and reforming due to invasion of the other phase. The stability of the phase paths is dependent on liquid and gas flow rate ratio. This mechanism holds true for over a range of saturation for both smooth and rough fractures. In imbibition for rough-walled fractures, another mechanism similar to wave-like flow in pipes was also observed. The data from the experiments were analyzed using Darcy's law and using the concept of friction factor and equivalent Reynold's number for two-phase flow. For both smooth- and rough-walled fractures a clear relationship between relative permeability and saturation was seen. The calculated relative permeability curves follow Corey-type behavior and can be modeled using Honarpour expressions. The sum of the relative permeabilities is not equal one, indicating phase interference. The equivalent homogeneous single-phase approach did not give satisfactory representation of flow through fractures. The graphs of experimentally derived friction factor with the modified Reynolds number do not reveal a distinctive linear relationship.

  15. Fractures on the calcaneus

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    1982-01-01

    ln 823 patients with a displaced calcaneus fracturea study was carried out to assess the difference in the duration until recovery between those patients who were treated by operation and those who were treated conservatively. This was preceded by a study of the literature in which the accent was placed on the various types of calcaneus fractures regarding fracture mechanism, epidemiology, diagnostics and symptomatology as well as the different methods of treatment (chaptersl I to IV). ... Zi...

  16. THE TREATMENT OF THE FOREARM FRACTURES IN DOGS

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    E. Lika

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    Full Text Available The practical implementation of this study was enabled by taking into consideration all the traumatized cases accompanied by fractures, presented at the Clinic of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine during the period of March 2006 - March 2010. Special help for the implementation of this study was even offered by some private clinics in Tirana, from which we took a considerable number of valuable data. The cases of traumatized dogs were numerous and in different situations. Thus from this high number of the traumatizations accompanied by different fractures (altogether 115 dogs, 34 of them had fractures in the forearms bones. All these cases underwent surgical treatment through osteosynthesis with blood and external immobilization. We also treated cases of complications in healing these fractures after surgical treatment. The complications in the recovery of the fractures of the long bones in dogs are frequent. Above all they are first noticed in the bones of the forearm. Different problems might be identified such as’ mal joints, lack of joints, retarded joints and osteomyelitis. These because of the limited covering of the focus of the fracture by the soft tissues, lack of blood supply of the region as well as of the characteristic anatomo-topographic structure that this region has. Specifically the data that were taken into consideration included the period of recovery, the characteristics of the fracture, the type of surgical treatment and the final result. The fractures are often presented as closed fractures and less as transverse and oblique fractures. The most frequent treatment is the conservative one through external immobilization and in some cases of fractures of the radius the treatment was performed with endomedullar rods.

  17. FRACTURING FLUID CHARACTERIZATION FACILITY

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    2000-08-01

    Hydraulic fracturing technology has been successfully applied for well stimulation of low and high permeability reservoirs for numerous years. Treatment optimization and improved economics have always been the key to the success and it is more so when the reservoirs under consideration are marginal. Fluids are widely used for the stimulation of wells. The Fracturing Fluid Characterization Facility (FFCF) has been established to provide the accurate prediction of the behavior of complex fracturing fluids under downhole conditions. The primary focus of the facility is to provide valuable insight into the various mechanisms that govern the flow of fracturing fluids and slurries through hydraulically created fractures. During the time between September 30, 1992, and March 31, 2000, the research efforts were devoted to the areas of fluid rheology, proppant transport, proppant flowback, dynamic fluid loss, perforation pressure losses, and frictional pressure losses. In this regard, a unique above-the-ground fracture simulator was designed and constructed at the FFCF, labeled ''The High Pressure Simulator'' (HPS). The FFCF is now available to industry for characterizing and understanding the behavior of complex fluid systems. To better reflect and encompass the broad spectrum of the petroleum industry, the FFCF now operates under a new name of ''The Well Construction Technology Center'' (WCTC). This report documents the summary of the activities performed during 1992-2000 at the FFCF.

  18. Influence of piezometer construction on groundwater sampling in fractured rock.

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    Kozuskanich, J; Novakowski, K S; Anderson, B C

    2012-01-01

    A numerical model for groundwater flow and solute transport was employed to examine the influence of the screen and sandpack on the collection of a representative geochemical sample from a piezometer monitoring well installation in a discretely fractured bedrock aquifer. The optimization of screen and sandpack combinations was explored for the potential to reduce purging times and volumes in practice. Simulations accounted for the location of the fractures along the well screen, fracture aperture, screen length, and the pumping rate. The variability in the required purging times (t(99)-the time required to achieve 99% fractional contribution from the formation to pump discharge) can be explained by: (1) the relative hydraulic conductivities of the components of the system (fracture, sandpack, and screen), (2) the truncation of the flow field from the fracture to the screen by the upper and/or lower boundary of the sandpack of the flow field from another fracture, and (3) time-dependent drawdown. During pumping, only a portion of the sandpack may actually become hydraulically active. The optimal configuration (shortest purging time) is achieved when the ratios of the screen, sandpack, and fracture hydraulic conductivities are close to 1:1:1. More importantly, the role of the fracture hydraulic conductivity in the ratios is not as crucial to reducing t(99) as having the hydraulic conductivities of the screen and sandpack as similar as possible. This study provides a better understanding of well dynamics during pumping for the purpose of obtaining representative groundwater samples. PMID:21797851

  19. CT of pelvic fractures

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    Falchi, Marco E-mail: marcofalchi@yahoo.it; Rollandi, Gian Andrea

    2004-04-01

    Although magnetic resonance imaging has become the dominant modality for cross-sectional musculo-skeletal imaging, the widespread availability, speed, and versatility of computed tomography (CT) continue to make it a mainstay of emergency room (ER) diagnostic imaging. Pelvic ring and acetabular fractures occur as the result of significant trauma secondary to either a motor vehicle accident or a high-velocity fall. These injuries are correlated with significant morbidity and mortality, both from the complications of pelvic ring fractures and from commonly associated injuries. The most commonly used classification of pelvic and acetabular fractures has been based on conventional radiographs that are, in the majority of cases, sufficient to determine the type of injury. However, because of the complexity of pelvic and acetabular fractures, precise pathological anatomy is not easily demonstrated by routine radiographs and in many cases details of fractures are not visible. Moreover, the insufficient co-operation of the patient or the difficulty of maintaining special positions can be overcome by using computed tomography. Spiral computed tomography provides information regarding the extent of the fractures and is complementary to radiography for ascertaining the spatial arrangement of fracture fragments. Spiral computed tomography is an effective tool for understanding complex fracture patterns, particularly when combined with multi-planar reconstruction two-dimensional (MPR 2D) reformatted images or three-dimensional images (3D) images. Including these techniques of reconstruction in routine pelvic imaging protocols can change management in a significant number of cases. Subtle fractures, particularly those oriented in the axial plane, are better seen on MPR images or 3D volume-rendered images. Complex injuries can be better demonstrated with 3D volume-rendered images, and complicated spatial information about the relative positions of fracture fragments can be easily

  20. CT of pelvic fractures

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    Although magnetic resonance imaging has become the dominant modality for cross-sectional musculo-skeletal imaging, the widespread availability, speed, and versatility of computed tomography (CT) continue to make it a mainstay of emergency room (ER) diagnostic imaging. Pelvic ring and acetabular fractures occur as the result of significant trauma secondary to either a motor vehicle accident or a high-velocity fall. These injuries are correlated with significant morbidity and mortality, both from the complications of pelvic ring fractures and from commonly associated injuries. The most commonly used classification of pelvic and acetabular fractures has been based on conventional radiographs that are, in the majority of cases, sufficient to determine the type of injury. However, because of the complexity of pelvic and acetabular fractures, precise pathological anatomy is not easily demonstrated by routine radiographs and in many cases details of fractures are not visible. Moreover, the insufficient co-operation of the patient or the difficulty of maintaining special positions can be overcome by using computed tomography. Spiral computed tomography provides information regarding the extent of the fractures and is complementary to radiography for ascertaining the spatial arrangement of fracture fragments. Spiral computed tomography is an effective tool for understanding complex fracture patterns, particularly when combined with multi-planar reconstruction two-dimensional (MPR 2D) reformatted images or three-dimensional images (3D) images. Including these techniques of reconstruction in routine pelvic imaging protocols can change management in a significant number of cases. Subtle fractures, particularly those oriented in the axial plane, are better seen on MPR images or 3D volume-rendered images. Complex injuries can be better demonstrated with 3D volume-rendered images, and complicated spatial information about the relative positions of fracture fragments can be easily

  1. Anaesthesia of the inferior alveolar and lingual nerves following subcondylar fractures of the mandible.

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    Politis, Constantinus; Sun, Yi; De Peuter, Bruno; Vandersteen, Marjan

    2013-10-01

    A retrospective chart review of 387 patients with condylar and subcondylar fractures revealed 2 cases of inferior alveolar nerve (IAN) and lingual nerve (LN) anaesthesia following the subcondylar fracture. Only 5 cases have been reported previously. The mechanism of action remains unknown but a review of the literature and an analysis of 120 dry human skulls supported the hypothesis that compression of the mandibular nerve at a high level, close to the foramen ovale, could cause anaesthesia. This complication is rare, because it requires compression at a particular angle. The antero-median angulation of the condyle must be close to the foramen ovale, and the fracture must be a unilaterally displaced fracture. The presence of an enlarged lateral pterygoid plate appeared to enhance the risk of compression. The IAN and LN anaesthesia could be resolved after open reduction of the fracture and IAN and LN anaesthesia constitute a strict indication for an early open fracture reduction. PMID:23453271

  2. Occult fracture of the calcaneus - another Toddler's fracture

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    Fractures of the calcaneus have been considered rare among children. We feel this may be erroneous since in the last 12 months we have seen 10 such fractures among children, 19 and 41 months of age, who presented with acute limping. The fractures were detected with bone imaging which was performed when initial radiographs were noncontributory. Subsequent radiographs of the calcaneus were positive for fracture in 4 to 10 while follow up radiographs confirmed healing fractures in the two children so evaluated. The sensitivity of bone imaging for the detection of occult fractures in toddlers is emphasized. (orig.)

  3. Aperture distribution of rock fractures

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    This thesis concerns the properties of the fracture void geometry of single rock fractures. It is suggested that the parameter aperture be used to describe the fracture void geometry and a definition of the aperture is proposed. The relation between void geometry and other fracture properties such as roughness, stiffness, conductivity and channelling are discussed. Different experimental techniques for aperture measurement have been developed in this work. The methods are applicable to fractures of different nature and size. A compilation of measurement results indicates that the spatial correlation (range) of fracture apertures increases with increasing mean aperture and that the range is correlated with the coefficient of variation. The existing data from aperture measurements and fracture flow experiments are still very scarce, in particular for fractures with large apertures. For future research, additional aperture measurements from fractures of different types is recommended. A further development of aperture measurement techniques suitable for field investigation is also suggested. 31 refs, 18 figs

  4. The Effects of Multiple Interacting Fractures on Surface Deformation and Flow

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    Hager, B. H.

    2015-12-01

    In a number of topical contexts, the response of fluid-filled fractures is of fundamental importance. For example, hydraulic fracturing operations typically generate multiple sub-parallel fractures that may, in turn, interact with families of preexisting natural fractures. At the In Salah carbon sequestration site, space geodetic observations of surface deformation suggested opening of a fracture and leakage of fluids into the caprock. And hydrocarbon production is often facilitated by naturally occurring fractures that are typically depressurized through production or pressurized to enhance oil recovery. Both the surface deformation and the fluid flow resulting from pressure variations in a fractured medium are qualitatively different for a fractured medium compared to a medium with isotropic properties. It is straightforward to calculate the responses of a medium with a single fracture, with analytical solutions available for simple geometries. Also, in the limit of very high fracture density, continuum representations of anisotropic poroelasticity can be used. However, as in the examples above, there are many applications where a finite number of fractures are spaced closely enough that their stress fields interact. I investigate this regime numerically. Observations of both surface deformation and inferences of permeability can be effective in constraining estimates of fracture density and aperture.

  5. Assessment of fractures classified as non-mineralised in the Sicada database

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    Claesson Liljedahl, Lillemor; Munier, Raymond (Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co., Stockholm (Sweden)); Sandstroem, Bjoern (WSP Sverige AB, Goeteborg (Sweden)); Drake, Henrik (Isochron GeoConsulting, Varberg (Sweden)); Tullborg, Eva-Lena (Terralogica AB, Graabo (Sweden))

    2011-03-15

    The general objective of this report was to describe the results of the investigation of fractures classified as non-mineralised in Sicada. Such fractures exist at Forsmark and at Laxemar. The main aims of the investigation of these fractures were to: - Quantify the number of non-mineralised fractures (i.e. fractures lacking mineral coating) in Sicada (table: p{_}fract{_}core{_}eshi). - Closely examine a selection of fractures recorded as non-mineralised in Sicada. - Outline possible reasons for the existence of non-mineralised fractures. The work has involved extraction of fracture data from Sicada and subsequent statistical analysis. Since several thousand fractures are classified as non-mineralised in Sicada, it was not a practical possibility to include all these in this study, we examined one fracture sub-set from each site. We investigated a sample of 204 of these fractures in detail (see Sections 1.1 and 2.4). Rock mechanical differences between Forsmark and Laxemar and kinematic analysis of fracture surfaces is not discussed in this report

  6. Radiological classification of mandibular fractures

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    Mandibular fractures present the biggest part (up to 97%) of the facial bone fractures. Method of choice for diagnosing of mandibular fractures is conventional radiography. The aim of the issue is to present an unified radiological classification of mandibular fractures for the clinical practice. This classification includes only those clinical symptoms of mandibular fracture which could be radiologically objectified: exact anatomical localization (F1-F6), teeth in fracture line (Ta,Tb), grade of dislocation (D I, D II), occlusal disturbances (O(+), O(-)). Radiological symptoms expressed by letter and number symbols are systematized in a formula - FTDO of mandibular fractures similar to TNM formula for tumours. FTDO formula expresses radiological diagnose of each mandibular fracture but it doesn't include neither the site (left or right) of the fracture, nor the kind and number of fractures. In order to express topography and number of fractures the radiological formula is transformed into a decimal fraction. The symbols (FTD) of right mandible fracture are written in the numerator and those of the left site - in the denominator. For double and multiple fractures between the symbols for each fracture we put '+'. Symbols for occlusal disturbances are put down opposite, the fractional line. So topographo-anatomical formula (FTD/FTD)xO is formed. In this way the whole radiological information for unilateral, bilateral, single or multiple fractures of the mandible is expressed. The information in the radiological topography anatomic formula, resp. from the unified topography-anatomic classification ensures a quick and exact X-ray diagnose of mandibular fracture. In this way contributes to get better, make easier and faster X-ray diagnostic process concerning mandibular fractures. And all these is a precondition for prevention of retardation of the diagnosis mandibular fracture. (author)

  7. Correlations among ultrasonic propagation factors and fracture toughness properties of metallic materials

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    Vary, A.

    1976-01-01

    Empirical evidence was developed to show that a close relation exists among fracture toughness, yield strength, and ultrasonic attenuation properties of metallic materials. The evidence was obtained by ultrasonic probing of specimens of two maraging steels and a titanium alloy. It was concluded that nondestructive ultrasonic methods can be used to indirectly evaluate fracture-related material properties. The results suggest that these nondestructive ultrasonic measurements can also serve as an adjunct to destructive testing, measurement, and analysis of fracture properties.

  8. External fixation of the metacarpal fracture with transcortical pins and fiberglass east in Simmental calf

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    A six-month-old 245 kg male Simmental calf was referred to the Veterinary Hospital in Cuiabá, MT, with closed comminuted diaphyseal fracture in metacarpus. It was given preference to external fixation as means of fracture immobilization, and transcortical pins and fiberglass cast were used. This technique showed effective immobilization of the fracture, less expensive and feasible to be done in the field

  9. Study on Surgical management of fracture shaft of Humerus by interlocking nail

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    N, Arun K; Paladugu, Kirthi; Reddy, Praveen Kumar P

    2014-01-01

    Back ground: Operative management of fracture shaft of humerus can be with plate osteosynthesis or with intramedullary nailing. In this study we have tried to analyze the outcome in terms of time for consolidation, union rates, functional results and complications of humeral shaft fractures managed with closed antegrade interlocking nailing. Study was conducted Navodaya Medical college Hospital and Research Centre, RaichurMethods: A series of 25 patients with acute fractures of shaft of humer...

  10. Arthroscopic study of injuries in articular fractures of distal radius extremity

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    Araf, Marcelo; Mattar, Rames

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To analyze the incidence of wrist ligament and cartilage associated fractures of the distal radius, through arthroscopy, correlating with AO/ASIF classification. METHODS: Thirty patients aged between 20 and 50 years old, with closed fracture from groups B and C according to AO/ASIF classification were selected. All of them were submitted to wrist arthroscopy to address intra-articular injuries and reduction and osteosynthesis of the fracture. RESULTS: A high incidence of intra-arti...

  11. Use of Gunning Splint for the Treatment of Edentulous Mandibular Fracture: A Case Report

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    Dharaskar, Shrinivas; Athavale, Smita; Kakade, Dilip

    2013-01-01

    Treating edentulous mandibular fracture is difficult in elderly patients due to compromised medical condition of the patient and various contraindications for the surgical approach. The complication rate of infection or malunion is higher compared to fractures in younger, dentulous patients. For such conditions, ‘Gunning splint’ is a better option as it provides close reduction and stabilization of mandibular fracture, thus improving the prognosis.

  12. BOTH BONES FOREARM FRACTURES TREATED WITH LC-DCP: A SURGICAL OUTCOME

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    Ranganath; Prakash; Ravish; Sumanth

    2014-01-01

    Fractures of the forearm present a unique management problem for years. A forearm fracture involving both bones requires open anatomical reduction with stable fixation.[1] The forearm represents the critical anatomic unit of upper limb, permitting the effect of organ of the upper limb, the hand, to perform multi axial daily activities of living. Historically, the closed management of forearm fractures has been met with frustration in adults and resulted in poor functional ...

  13. Carpal fractures in athletes.

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    Geissler, W B

    2001-01-01

    A review of the literature shows that 3% to 9% of all athletic injuries occur to the hand or wrist. Also, hand and wrist injuries are more common in pubescent and adolescent athletes than adults. Although knee and shoulder injuries are more common athletic injuries, an injury to the hand or wrist significantly can impair the athlete's ability to throw or catch a ball, or swing a bat or racquet. A college football player trains year round for just 11 or 12 hours of playing time. An athletic injury that occurs during the season can have profound consequences for the athlete's career and emotions. When defining a management plan for a particular wrist athletic injury, the time to heal the injury and the time to rehabilitate fully must be considered. The athlete must be informed fully of the length of recovery. The continued advancement of fixation methods and techniques are diminishing fracture morbidity considerably. Small-cannulated compression screws that provide rigid fixation can be inserted with decreased surgical dissection, thus preserving critical vascular supply and promoting accelerated healing and earlier rehabilitation. The arthroscope as a valuable adjunct in the management of wrist fractures was virtually unheard of years ago, but is now common. The ability to arthroscopically guide a cannulated compression screw to stabilize a scaphoid fracture without a formal open volar approach can reduce surgical morbidity significantly and allow the athlete to return to competition more quickly. Mechanisms of injury that cause osseous fractures of the wrist are fairly high energy. A high index of suspicion for associated soft tissue injuries should be kept in mind when fractures of the wrist are identified. The wrist is composed of eight carpal bones tightly interwoven with each other by intrinsic and extrinsic wrist ligaments. The management of carpal fractures depends on prompt diagnosis, stable and anatomic alignment of the involved carpal bone, protective

  14. Management of penile fractures

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    Objective was to present our experience with surgical and conservative management of penile fracture. This prospective study was carried out in the Urology and Nephrology Center, at Al-Thawra General and Teaching Hospital, Sana'a, Yemen from June 2003 to September 2007 and included 30 patients presenting with penile fracture. Diagnosis was made clinically in all our patients. Six patients with simple fracture were treated conservatively while 24 patients with more severe injuries were operated upon. Patient's age ranged from 24-52 years (mean 31.3 years) 46.7% of patients were under the age of 30 years and 56.7% were unmarried. Hard manipulation of the erect penis for example during masturbation was the most frequent mechanism of fracture in 53.3% of patients. Solitary tear was found in 22 patients and bilateral corporal tears associated with urethral injury were found in 2 patients. Corporal tears were saturated with synthetic absorbable sutures and urethral injury was repaired primarily. All operated patients described full erection with straight penis except 3 of the 8 patients who were managed by direct longitudinal incision, in whom mild curvature during erection was observed. The conservatively treated patients described satisfactory penile straightness and erection. The optimal functional and cosmetic results are achieved following immediate surgical repair of penis fracture. Good results can also be obtained in some selected patients with conservative management. (author)

  15. Stress fractures in athletes

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    Stress fractures may pose a diagnostic dilemma for radiologists since they are sometimes difficult to demonstrate on plain films and may simulate a tumour. They were first described in military personnel and professional athletes. Recently, there is an increasing incidence in the general population due to increasing sportive activities. Stress fractures occur most often in the lower extremities, especially in the tibia, the tarsal bone, the metatarsal bone, the femur and the fibula. In the upper extremities, they are commonly found in the humerus, the radius and the ulna. Some fractures of the lower extremities appear to be specific for particular sports, for example, fractures of the tibia affect mostly distance runners. Whereas stress fractures of the upper extremities are generally associated with upper limb-dominated sports. A correct diagnosis requires a careful clinical evaluation. The initial plain radiography may be normal. Further radiological evaluation could be performed by means of computerised tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and bone scanning. The latter two techniques are especially helpful for establishing a correct initial diagnosis. (orig.)

  16. Fractures mechanics. Pt. 30

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    This book results from lectures which the author held front of students in engineering, and it is aimed at giving an introduction into the linear elasticity fracture mechanics. A dominant part of the contents deals with theoretical elasticity solutions of fracture problems, the foundation of the theories of friffith and Irwin concerning crack expansion and fractures, respectively. Besides, the propects of development in the direction of general flow fracture mechanics are investigated, a development which cannot be regarded as conclusive yet. The reference - it is not claimed that they are comprehensive - contain some basic manuals and monographies on fractures, the elasticity theory and the science of strength of materials as well as related fields, and include also important original literature made reference to in the text. In order to comprehend the book it is necessary that the reader has a knowledge of technical mechanics, in particular of elastotatics and strength of materials. To remind the reader, the appendix contains the most important basics of the elasticity theory and some methods of solving problems in this connection. The book ends with a short survey on the finite element method which is considered to be the most important approximation method of continuum mechanics. (orig./LN)

  17. Atomistic Simulations of Nanotube Fracture

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    Belytschko, T; Schatz, G; Ruoff, R S

    2002-01-01

    The fracture of carbon nanotubes is studied by atomistic simulations. The fracture behavior is found to be almost independent of the separation energy and to depend primarily on the inflection point in the interatomic potential. The rangle of fracture strians compares well with experimental results, but predicted range of fracture stresses is marketly higher than observed. Various plausible small-scale defects do not suffice to bring the failure stresses into agreement with available experimental results. As in the experiments, the fracture of carbon nanotubes is predicted to be brittle. The results show moderate dependence of fracture strength on chirality.

  18. Closed rupture of the posterior tibial artery secondary to a soccer injury.

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    Tytherleigh, M. G.; Charnley, G. J.; Wilkins, D C

    1998-01-01

    Arterial damage following blunt trauma is uncommon and is usually the result of high-energy injury. We report a case of posterior tibial artery rupture after a closed distal tibial fracture, sustained during a low-energy soccer tackle.

  19. Fracture-Flow-Enhanced Solute Diffusion into Fractured Rock

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    Wu, Yu-Shu; Ye, Ming; Sudicky, E.A.

    2007-12-15

    We propose a new conceptual model of fracture-flow-enhanced matrix diffusion, which correlates with fracture-flow velocity, i.e., matrix diffusion enhancement induced by rapid fluid flow within fractures. According to the boundary-layer or film theory, fracture flow enhanced matrix diffusion may dominate mass-transfer processes at fracture-matrix interfaces, because rapid flow along fractures results in large velocity and concentration gradients at and near fracture-matrix interfaces, enhancing matrix diffusion at matrix surfaces. In this paper, we present a new formulation of the conceptual model for enhanced fracture-matrix diffusion, and its implementation is discussed using existing analytical solutions and numerical models. In addition, we use the enhanced matrix diffusion concept to analyze laboratory experimental results from nonreactive and reactive tracer breakthrough tests, in an effort to validate the new conceptual model.

  20. Fracking, fracture, and permeability

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    Turcotte, D. L.; Norris, J.; Rundle, J. B.

    2013-12-01

    Injections of large volumes of water into tight shale reservoirs allows the extraction of oil and gas not previously accessible. This large volume 'super' fracking induces damage that allows the oil and/or gas to flow to an extraction well. The purpose of this paper is to provide a model for understanding super fracking. We assume that water is injected from a small spherical cavity into a homogeneous elastic medium. The high pressure of the injected water generates hoop stresses that reactivate natural fractures in the tight shales. These fractures migrate outward as water is added creating a spherical shell of damaged rock. The porosity associated with these fractures is equal to the water volume injected. We obtain an analytic expression for this volume. We apply our model to a typical tight shale reservoir and show that the predicted water volumes are in good agreement with the volumes used in super fracking.

  1. DEM Particle Fracture Model

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    Zhang, Boning [Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States); Herbold, Eric B. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Homel, Michael A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Regueiro, Richard A. [Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)

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    An adaptive particle fracture model in poly-ellipsoidal Discrete Element Method is developed. The poly-ellipsoidal particle will break into several sub-poly-ellipsoids by Hoek-Brown fracture criterion based on continuum stress and the maximum tensile stress in contacts. Also Weibull theory is introduced to consider the statistics and size effects on particle strength. Finally, high strain-rate split Hopkinson pressure bar experiment of silica sand is simulated using this newly developed model. Comparisons with experiments show that our particle fracture model can capture the mechanical behavior of this experiment very well, both in stress-strain response and particle size redistribution. The effects of density and packings o the samples are also studied in numerical examples.

  2. Tibial shaft fracture

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    The overall purpose of the present PhD thesis was to provide up-to-date information of the epidemiology of tibial shaft fractures and to investigate the development in quality of life, pain and functional outcomes from surgery and onwards, following a tibial shaft fracture treated with...... intramedullary nailing. Study I reported an incidence of 16.9/100,000/year from a complete population. Study II reported the long-term patient-reported outcomes and showed that approximately 8 years after the fracture patients reported significantly worse outcome for 4 of the 5 KOOS subscales compared to the...... IV also showed a significant worse outcome in 3 of the 5 KOOS subscales compared to a reference population at 12-months follow-up. Moreover, this study showed that increasing difference in muscle strength for knee extension between legs was associated with a decreasing QOL. The results of this thesis...

  3. Osteoporotic vertebral fractures: SPECT findings

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) of bone using Tc-99m MDP in the diagnosis of osteoporotic vertebral fractures. Thirty two patients with osteoporotic vertebral fracture were included in this study (mean age: 67±8, male: 5, female: 27). Seventy nine vertebral fractures were detected (38 thoracic/thoracolumbar lesions and 41 lumbar lesions), which were classified by type of deformity (wedge, biconcave or compression). The patterns and locations of increased uptakes were examined and analyzed. Forty seven wedge fractures, 20 biconcave fractures and 12 compression fractures were found. Diffuse and asymmetric uptakes were common in fractured bodies. More than one uptake were examined in 69 posterior elements of fractured vertebrae (87.3%) including 40 of 47 wedge fractures (85.1%), 17 of 20 biconcave fractures (85.0%) and 12 of 12 compression fractures (100%). Wedge fractures were predominant fracture in thoracic/thoracolumbar spine whereas incidence of biconcave or compression type was similar to that of wedge fracture in lumbar spine (p =0.04). Spinous process uptake was more frequently seen in lumbar lesions than thoracic/thoracolumbar lesions (p 0.009). Facet joint uptake in biconcave fracture was more common in lumbar spine (92.3%) than thoracic/thoracolumbar spine (57.1%). Spinous process uptake in biconcave fracture was also more frequently detected in lumbar spine (p = 0.043). Bone SPECT was useful in the evaluation of osteoporotic vertebral fracture, especially posterior elements of vertebrae

  4. Epidemiology of Extraarticular Tibia Fractures, Shahid Mohammadi Hospital-Bandar Abbass-Iran 2002, 2003

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    Saied, A. R.; Karimi Mobarake, M.

    Tibia fractures are among the most common long bone fractures and recognition of their epidemiology helps their better management and prevention. In this cross sectional prospective study, 250 patients with extraarticular tibia fracture, of all age groups, referred to Shahid Mohammadi Hospital, Bandar Abbass were studied. Information about age and sex and the fracture side, localization, open or closed fracture, comminution, associated injuries and the mechanism of the injury were registered. Tibia fractures constituted about 65% of all diaphyseal long bone fractures (the most common) and 70% of all open diaphyseal fractures (the most common). Most of the fractures occurred in young men (90%) and in the middle third of the bone (55%). In more than 75% of the cases injury was limited to the leg, more than 55% the fractures were closed and in more than 65% there was little comminution. About half of fractures occurred on either side and no statistically significant difference was found between the left and right limb with regard to open fracture occurrence and the severity of comminution (p = 0.291 and 0.713, respectively). The most common involved factor in occurrence of the fracture was motorcycle (65%), in contrast to findings of others where it constituted about 30% of the causes. Noting the results and that 58% of tibia fractures are caused by motorcycle accident with the reason being direct trauma to the shin of the driver in the majority of them, it is suggested that the use of a guard or shield get mandatory for protection of the shin of the motorcyclists.

  5. Transstyloid, transscaphoid, transcapitate fracture: a variant of scaphocapitate fractures.

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    Burke, Neil G

    2014-01-01

    Transstyloid, transscaphoid, transcapitate fractures are uncommon. We report the case of a 28-year-old man who sustained this fracture following direct trauma. The patient was successfully treated by open reduction internal fixation of the scaphoid and proximal capitate fragment, with a good clinical outcome at 1-year follow-up. This pattern is a new variant of scaphocapitate fracture as involves a fracture of the radial styloid as well.

  6. Unstable femoral neck fractures in children - A new treatment option

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    Pruthi K

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Background : Femoral neck fractures in children are an uncommon but difficult situation. The aim of our study was to evaluate clinical results of closed reduction internal fixation and primary valgus osteotomy fixed with a tension band wire loop in high angled pediatric femoral neck fractures. Methods : In a prospective nonrandomized study conducted at 2 centres, sixteen children and adolescents with a Pauwel type 2/3 fracture neck femur were taken as participants. The femoral neck fractures were stabilized using closed reduction and internal fixation (6.5 mm noncannulated screw and a primary valgus osteotomy fixed with a tension band wire loop preferably within 24-36 hours of injury. Patients were evaluated to determine complications, clinical and radiological outcome. Results : At a mean post operative follow up of 5 years, union was achieved in all cases. Three patients had AVN and one developed coxavara. Results were evaluated using IOWA hip scores. Thirteen patients had an excellent result while 3 patients had a good result. Conclusion : Use of this technique holds promise in treating these difficult unstable fractures. Although results from a larger series are still awaited yet the use of this technique can safely be extended to stable fractures also, to minimize the incidence of complications as nonunion and AVN.

  7. 78 FR 31635 - Oil and Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands

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    ...; Well Stimulation, Including Hydraulic Fracturing, on Federal and Indian Lands'' (77 FR 27691). The... 60 days (77 FR 38024). The extended comment period closed on September 10, 2012. The BLM received...; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands; Proposed Rule #0;#0;Federal Register / Vol. 78 , No....

  8. "Roller coaster maneuver via lateral orbital approach" for reduction of isolated zygomatic arch fractures.

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    Pilanci, Ozgur; Basaran, Karaca; Datli, Asli; Kuvat, Samet Vasfi

    2013-11-01

    Numerous techniques have been reported for the reduction of zygomatic arch fractures. In this article, we aimed to describe a technique we named as "roller coaster maneuver via lateral orbital approach" to closed reduction of the isolated-type zygomatic arch fractures. Surgical outcomes of 14 patients treated with this method were outlined. PMID:24220411

  9. Sealing of fractured rock

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    This paper consists of a presentation of the third phase of the Stripa Project. This phase was dedicated to fracture sealing. First of all it has been necessary to show that fine-grained grouts could effectively be injected in relatively fine cracks, and that the fluidity of bentonite could also be enhanced. The field tests comprised investigation of excavation-induced disturbance and attempts to seal disturbed rock, and, in separate tests, grouting of deposition holes and a natural fine-fracture zone. (TEC). 12 figs., 1 tab., 6 refs

  10. Fractured Petroleum Reservoirs

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    Firoozabadi, Dr. Abbas

    2000-01-18

    In this report the results of experiments of water injection in fractured porous media comprising a number of water-wet matrix blocks are reported for the first time. The blocks experience an advancing fracture-water level (FWL). Immersion-type experiments are performed for comparison; the dominant recovery mechanism changed from co-current to counter-current imbibition when the boundary conditions changed from advancing FWL to immersion-type. Single block experiments of co-current and counter-current imbibition was performed and co-current imbibition leads to more efficient recovery was found.

  11. ROLE OF SUPRACONDYLAR NAILING IN DISTAL FEMORAL FRACTURES

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    Abhishek

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available : BACKGROUND: Fractures of distal femur are complex injuries that can be difficult to manage. Due to poor bone stock, less cortical bone in this region, wide medullary cavity and frequently associated severe soft tissue damage. METHODS: From June 2008 to April 2012, a prospective study of 46 patients, with distal femoral fractures, including supracondylar and inter condylar fractures, treated with intramedullary supracondylar nail, was done to evaluate its results and final functional outcome and its applicability in open as well as closed distal femoral fractures. Four cases were lost to follow up; six had followed up for less than six months. These ten cases were excluded from the study hence effectively the study included total thirty six cases. Average age of patients was 41.7 yrs. with Male: Female ratio of 2.6:1. Among 36 fractures 16.6% were of type A1, 44.4% were of type A2, 27.7% were of type A3 and 11.1% were of type C1. 27.7% fractures were open and associated injuries were present in 22.2% of cases. Second generation supracondylar nail was used for definitive fixation in all eighteen cases, through percutaneous patellar tendon splitting approach in 26 patients and medial parapatellar arthrotomy approach in ten patients. RESULTS: At an average follow up of 9 months, final functional outcome was evaluated as per Neer’s criteria (1967. Average time of union was 17.5 weeks, with an average range of movement being 101.38. Functional results were excellent in 20 (55.5% cases, satisfactory in 10 (27.7% cases, unsatisfactory in 2 (5.5% and poor in 4 (11.1% cases. No significant correlation was observed in this study between the age of the patient, fracture type and the final functional outcome achieved. Similarly no significant difference was observed between the final functional outcomes achieved in open versus closed fracture. However patients treated with medial parapatellar arthrotomy approach were found to be associated with increased

  12. Analysis of the pressure response of high angle multiple (HAM) fractures intersecting a welbore; Kokeisha multi fracture (HAM) kosei ni okeru atsuryoku oto kaiseki ni tsuite

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    Ujo, S.; Osato, K. [Geothermal Energy Research and Development Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan); Arihara, N. [Waseda University, Tokyo (Japan); Schroeder, R.

    1996-05-01

    This paper reports pressure response analysis on wells piercing a high angle multi (HAM) fracture model. In this model which is defined on a three-dimensional space, a plurality of slanted fractures intersect with wells at high angles (however, intersection of fractures with each other is not considered). With respect to the pressure response analysis method using this model, the paper presents a basic differential equation on pressure drawdown and boundary conditions in the wells taking flows in the fractures pseudo-linear, as well as external boundary conditions in calculation regions (a reservoir spreads to an infinite distance, and its top and bottom are closed by non-water permeating beds). The paper also indicates that results of calculating a single vertical fracture model and a slanted fracture model by using a numerical computation program (MULFRAC) based on the above equations agree well respectively with the existing calculation results (calculations performed by Erlougher and Cinco et al). 5 refs., 6 figs.

  13. Ischiopubic insufficiency fractures: MRI appearances

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    Objective. To evaluate the MRI appearances in insufficiency fractures. Design. A retrospective analysis of spin echo MR images with gadolinium-enhancement was undertaken with the emphasis on the signal change and the shape of the fracture gap and the adjacent bone marrow. Patients. Five elderly women who had ischiopubic insufficiency fractures (pubis, 4; ischium 1) underwent MRI to exclude the possibility of pathologic fractures. Results and conclusions. In no case was contrast enhancement noted at the fracture gap or the adjacent bone marrow, but a cleft-life, elongated bright signal area suggesting ''fluid collection'' was noted within the fracture gap. Absence of contrast enhancement and ''fluid collection'' at the fracture gap might suggest nonunion of a fracture, which is additional information provided only by MRI. (orig.)

  14. Progressive Fracture of Composite Structures

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    Chamis, Christos C.; Minnetyan, Levon

    2008-01-01

    A new approach is described for evaluating fracture in composite structures. This approach is independent of classical fracture mechanics parameters like fracture toughness. It relies on computational simulation and is programmed in a stand-alone integrated computer code. It is multiscale, multifunctional because it includes composite mechanics for the composite behavior and finite element analysis for predicting the structural response. It contains seven modules; layered composite mechanics (micro, macro, laminate), finite element, updating scheme, local fracture, global fracture, stress based failure modes, and fracture progression. The computer code is called CODSTRAN (Composite Durability Structural ANalysis). It is used in the present paper to evaluate the global fracture of four composite shell problems and one composite built-up structure. Results show that the composite shells and the built-up composite structure global fracture are enhanced when internal pressure is combined with shear loads.

  15. Stress fractures in young athletes.

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    Orava, S; Jormakka, E; Hulkko, A

    1981-01-01

    In a series of 16 cases of stress fractures in 15-year-old and younger athletes 8 fractures occurred in boys and 8 in girls. There were no differences between the sexes in the athletes' training habits. Ten of the fractures were located at the tibia, seven at its upper third and three at the lower part of the bone. Three fractures were found in the fibula, in the metatarsal bones two stress fractures and in the femur one stress fracture. Most stress fractures were caused by endurance type sports. The daily training distances were not particularly high at the time of the onset of the symptoms. In most cases the diagnosis was based on a radiological evaluation. A sufficiently long pause from all athletic activity was enough treatment. Stress fractures in children are very uncommon. PMID:7295000

  16. Element mobility in crystalline rock around open fractures at Palmottu

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    Rock specimens adjacent to two conducting fractures at a depth of about 205 m from the Palmottu uranium deposit, a natural analogue study site for radionuclide migration, Southern Finland, were studied in order to obtain information on element mobility. The drill core was sawn in such a way that a series of specimens perpendicular to the water conducting fracture were obtained for each of the fractures. Concentration profiles for a number of elements were determined. Uranium series disequilibrium studies as well as petrographic studies and porosity determinations were also performed. In spite of closeness of fractures (only 67 apart) they were different in character. Hardly any mobilization was observed for the lower fracture but for the upper fracture several elements had been mobilized, while many remained immobile. Elements such as Na, Ca, Al, Si and u were enriched adjacent to the upper fracture. At the same time Fe, Sc, Co, S and Cu remained immobile. Elemental concentration data provided also for the alteration depth about 25 mm. The conditions have been reducing for very long times

  17. [Results following percutaneous intramedullary pin fixation in distal radius fractures].

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    Kirchner, R; Hüttl, T; Krüger-Franke, M; Rosemeyer, B

    1994-01-01

    42 distal radius fractures have been submitted to further examination after percutaneous intramedullary pin fixation. The outcome were 95.3% of very good to good anatomic results and 90.5% of satisfying functional results. This showed the close link between the radiological-anatomical and functional results. The success of the treatment was very acceptable, although the Morbus Sudeck as the major complication--with 7.2%--was still relatively frequently observed. It could be seen that particularly fractures at the risk of dislocation with smash zone constituted an indication for the percutaneous intramedullary pin fixation, that is to say all fractures for which a retention is primarily difficult. It constitutes a supplement, as well as an extension to the therapy of the distal radius fractures. PMID:7516105

  18. Experimental Simulation for Fracture of Gun Propellant Charge Bed

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    RUI Xiao-ting; YUN Lai-feng; WANG Hao; HUANG Ming; CHEN Jian-zhong; CHEN Tao; LIU Jun

    2005-01-01

    The simulation of compression and fracture of charge bed in chamber is one of the key problems in the study of launch safety of gun propellant charge. A new kind of experimental device that can be used for simulation is given. Its structure and operational principle are introduced. Using a semi-closed vessel as a source of compression force, the device can simulate any kind of dynamic environment in a gun propellant charge. Using the low temperature inert gas (N2) as the compression medium, the device can not only ensure that the simulation is real, but also protect the fragmentized propellant from combustion after experiment. Using the device, many simulation experiments have been accomplished, and dynamic environment of propellant fracture is acquired. With the experiments, fragmentized propellant for the compression and fracture of charge bed is obtained. Results of experiments show that the new device can be used to study the principle of the compression and fracture of charge bed.

  19. Close-ups

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    Fausing, Bent

    2013-01-01

    Investigations in the close-up and its meaning regarding nearness, abstraction and transparency. Face, facelike and animism are also major key-words in thsi article... . I have always been fascinated with the close-up, not as an end, but a filter of opportunities to open up for and nearness of...... transcendence, associations and memories. The close-up is not the end, it rather in my view to be regarded as a beginning of different perceptions...

  20. Impacted Teeth and Mandibular Fracture

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    Metin, Murat; Şener, İsmail; Tek, Mustafa

    2007-01-01

    Objectives In this retrospective study, we measured the relationship between the presences of impacted or unerupted teeth in the mandible and mandibular fractures. Methods The records and radiographs of 41 patients with mandibular fracture associated with impacted or unerupted teeth were examined. The presence of impacted or unerupted teeth were assessed for each patient and related to the occurrence of fractures of mandible. Results Patients with fracture in the impacted or unerupted teeth a...

  1. Management of osteoporotic vertebral fractures

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    Yannis Dionyssiotis

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Yannis DionyssiotisRhodes General Hospital, Rhodes, GreeceAbstract: Osteoporotic vertebral fractures are associated with considerable reduction of quality of life, morbidity, and mortality. The management of patients with vertebral fractures should include treatment for osteoporosis and measures to reduce pain and improve mobility. This article provides information for management and rehabilitation of vertebral fractures based on clinical experience and literature.Keywords: vertebral fracture, quality of life, rehabilitation, osteoporosis

  2. Complications in Ankle Fracture Surgery

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    Ovaska, Mikko

    2014-01-01

    Mikko Ovaska. Complications in Ankle Fracture Surgery. Helsinki Bone and Joint Research Group, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland. Helsinki 2014. Ankle fractures are among the most frequently encountered surgically treated fractures. The operative treatment of this fracture may be associated with several complications. The most frequently encountered complications are related wound healing, and deep infection may have d...

  3. Numerical Modeling of Fracture Propagation in Naturally Fractured Formations

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    Wang, W.; Prodanovic, M.; Olson, J. E.; Schultz, R.

    2015-12-01

    Hydraulic fracturing consists of injecting fluid at high pressure and high flowrate to the wellbore for the purpose of enhancing production by generating a complex fracture network. Both tensile failure and shear failure occur during the hydraulic fracturing treatment. The shear event can be caused by slip on existing weak planes such as faults or natural fractures. From core observation, partially cemented and fully cemented opening mode natural fractures, often with considerable thickness are widely present. Hydraulic fractures can propagate either within the natural fracture (tensile failure) or along the interface between the natural fracture and the rock matrix (tensile/shear failure), depending on the relative strength of cement and rock matrix materials, the bonding strength of interface, as well as the presence of any heterogeneities. In this study, we evaluate the fracture propagation both experimentally and numerically. We embed one or multiple inclusions of different mechanical properties within synthetic hydrostone samples in order to mimic cemented natural fractures and rock. A semi-circular bending test is performed for each set of properties. A finite element model built with ABAQUS is used to mimic the semi-circular bending test and study the fracture propagation path, as well as the matrix-inclusion bonding interface status. Mechanical properties required for the numerical model are measured experimentally. The results indicate that the match between experiment and modeling fracture path are extremely sensitive to the chosen interface (bonding) model and related parameters. The semi-circular bending test is dry and easily conducted, providing a good platform for validating numerical approaches. A validated numerical model will enable us to add pressurized fluid within the crack and simulate hydraulic fracture-natural fracture interaction in the reservoir conditions, ultimately providing insights into the extent of the fracture network.

  4. Percutaneous Screw Fixation of Crescent Fracture-Dislocation of the Sacroiliac Joint.

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    Shui, Xiaolong; Ying, Xiaozhou; Mao, Chuanwan; Feng, Yongzeng; Chen, Linwei; Kong, Jianzhong; Guo, Xiaoshan; Wang, Gang

    2015-11-01

    Crescent fracture-dislocation of the sacroiliac joint (CFDSIJ) is a type of lateral compression pelvic injury associated with instability. Open reduction and internal fixation is a traditional treatment of CFDSIJ. However, a minimally invasive method has never been reported. The purpose of this study was to assess the outcome of closed reduction and percutaneous fixation for different types of CFDSIJ and present their clinical outcome. The authors reviewed 117 patients diagnosed with CFDSIJ between July 2003 and July 2013. Closed reduction and percutaneous fixation was performed in 73 patients. Treatment selection was based on Day's fracture classification. For type I fractures, fixation perpendicular to the fracture line were performed. For type II fractures, crossed fixation was performed. For type III fractures, fixation was performed with iliosacral screws. Forty-four patients were treated by open reduction and plate fixation. Demographics, fracture pattern distribution, blood loss, incision lengths, revision surgeries, radiological results, and functional scores were compared. All 117 patients were followed for more than 6 months (mean, 14 months [range, 6-24 months]). Blood loss, extensive exposure, duration of posterior ring surgery, duration of hospital stay, and infection rates were lower in the closed group (P<.01). Patients in the closed group achieved better functional performance (P<.01). There were no significant differences in reduction quality (P=.32), revision surgery rates (P=.27), and iatrogenic neurologic injuries (P=.2) between the 2 groups. The authors' results indicate that closed reduction and percutaneous fixation is a safe and effective surgical method for CFDSIJ. PMID:26558677

  5. Microcracks and Overpressure- Induced Fractures

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    Ahmed M. Al - QAHTANI

    2001-01-01

    The microfractures and natural fractures studies have a great significance in the hydrocarbon accumulation exploration and can be a good supporter for wide geophysical study on the major structures. This paper is a brief review on microcracks and overpressure- induced fracture. It is to discuss different views on the mechanism of fractures in the subsurface of the earth.

  6. Fatigue, degradation, and fracture 1990

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    Bamford, W.H. (Westinghouse Energy Systems (US)); Becht, C. IV (Becht Engineering Co., Inc. (US)); Bhandari, S. (Framatome (FR)); Gilman, J.D. (Electric Power Research Institute (US)); James, L.A. (Westinghouse Bettis Laboratory (US)); Prager, M. (Materials Properties Council (US))

    1990-01-01

    This book contains papers presented at the 1990 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference. It is organized under the following headings: Environmental fatigue crack growth; Fatigue analysis and fracture assessment; Fatigue and fracture of piping; Fatigue and fracture of vessels; Degradation of ferritic, austenitic, and duplex stainless alloys in nuclear service.

  7. Upper tibial hyperextension fractures in infants: another occult toddler's fracture

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    We describe the radiographic findings associated with occult upper tibial fractures in infants and young children and offer an explanation for the underlying mechanism from which they result. These fractures tend to be subtle, just as the classic spiral tibial fracture originally described by Dunbar et al. (1964, J Can Assoc Radiol 15: 136-144). The fracture we describe results from a hyperextension injury to the knee, and the knowledge of the mechanism of injury, the subtle radiographic findings, and the findings on physical examination allow one to diagnose this fracture with confidence. Otherwise, it easily can go undetected. (orig.)

  8. Tibia shaft fractures: costly burden of nonunions

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    Antonova Evgeniya

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Tibia shaft fractures (TSF are common for men and women and cause substantial morbidity, healthcare use, and costs. The impact of nonunions on healthcare use and costs is poorly described. Our goal was to investigate patient characteristics and healthcare use and costs associated with TSF in patients with and without nonunion. Methods We retrospectively analyzed medical claims in large U.S. managed care claims databases (Thomson Reuters MarketScan®, 16 million lives. We studied patients ≥ 18 years old with a TSF diagnosis (ICD-9 codes: 823.20, 823.22, 823.30, 823.32 in 2006 with continuous pharmaceutical and medical benefit enrollment 1 year prior and 2 years post-fracture. Nonunion was defined by ICD-9 code 733.82 (after the TSF date. Results Among the 853 patients with TSF, 99 (12% had nonunion. Patients with nonunion had more comorbidities (30 vs. 21, pre-fracture and were more likely to have their TSF open (87% vs. 70% than those without nonunion. Patients with nonunion were more likely to have additional fractures during the 2-year follow-up (of lower limb [88.9% vs. 69.5%, P  Conclusions Nonunions in TSF’s are associated with substantial healthcare resource use, common use of strong opioids, and high per-patient costs. Open fractures are associated with higher likelihood of nonunion than closed ones. Effective screening of nonunion risk may decrease this morbidity and subsequent healthcare resource use and costs.

  9. Neglected hangman fracture

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    Sudhir Kumar Srivastava

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Acute management of hangman fracture is well described; however the surgical management of neglected hangman fracture has not been described in literature. We report the surgical management of an untreated hangman′s fracture. A 30-year-old male had fallen from a tree 12 weeks back. Patient presented with cervical myelopathy and restricted neck movements. Radiographs and computed tomography (CT scan revealed fracture of pars interarticularis of axis with Grade III C2-C3 spondylolisthesis with localized kyphosis of 33°. Gentle reduction under general anesthesia (GA failed to improve the alignment. Patient was operated in three stages in a single setting. In Stage I, release of contracted anterior structures and C2-C3 discectomy was done in supine position followed by C2-C3 posterior fixation and fusion in Stage II. C2-C3 interbody bone grafting and anterior plating completed the third stage. C2-C3 interbody fusion was seen at 5 months and a CT scan at 18 months postoperative confirmed fusion and maintenance of alignment. The satisfactory outcome in our patient leads us to believe that anterior-posterior-anterior is the appropriate surgical approach for treatment of such patients.

  10. Oblique Axis Body Fracture

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    Takai, Hirokazu; Konstantinidis, Lukas; Schmal, Hagen;

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    type" fracture pattern. The first patient was treated conservatively with cervical spine immobilization in a semirigid collar. However, gross displacement was noted at the 6-week follow-up visit. The second patient was therefore treated operatively by C1-C3/4 posterior fusion and the course was...

  11. Fracturing rigid materials.

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    Bao, Zhaosheng; Hong, Jeong-Mo; Teran, Joseph; Fedkiw, Ronald

    2007-01-01

    We propose a novel approach to fracturing (and denting) brittle materials. To avoid the computational burden imposed by the stringent time step restrictions of explicit methods or with solving nonlinear systems of equations for implicit methods, we treat the material as a fully rigid body in the limit of infinite stiffness. In addition to a triangulated surface mesh and level set volume for collisions, each rigid body is outfitted with a tetrahedral mesh upon which finite element analysis can be carried out to provide a stress map for fracture criteria. We demonstrate that the commonly used stress criteria can lead to arbitrary fracture (especially for stiff materials) and instead propose the notion of a time averaged stress directly into the FEM analysis. When objects fracture, the virtual node algorithm provides new triangle and tetrahedral meshes in a straightforward and robust fashion. Although each new rigid body can be rasterized to obtain a new level set, small shards can be difficult to accurately resolve. Therefore, we propose a novel collision handling technique for treating both rigid bodies and rigid body thin shells represented by only a triangle mesh. PMID:17218752

  12. Intravenous Application of CD271-selected Mesenchymal Stem Cells during Fracture Healing

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    Dreger, Tina; Watson, John Tracy; DVM, Walter Akers; Molligan, Jeremy; Achilefu, Samuel; Schon, Lew C.; Zhang, Zijun

    2014-01-01

    Objectives Circulating mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) participate in fracture healing and can be used to enhance fracture healing. This study investigated how CD271-selected MSCs travel in circulation and when it is the optimal time to apply MSCs intravenously during fracture healing. Methods Based on the expression of CD271, MSCs were isolated from human bone marrow and labeled with cypate, a near infrared fluorochrome. A unilateral closed fracture was created at the femur in immunodeficient mice. The cypate-labeled MSCs were injected into the tail vein of the mice at days 1 and 3 after fracture, and were tracked by near infrared imaging. The mice were euthanized at 3 weeks after fracture. Immunohistochemistry was performed to detect human MSCs at the fracture sites. Migration of CD271-selected MSCs, under the influence of stem cell derived factor-1 (SDF-1), was assessed in vitro. Results Intravenously injected at day1, but not day 3, after fracture, CD271-selected MSCs accumulated at the fracture sites significantly and that lasted for at least 7 days. All fractures, with or without MSC injections, healed in 3 weeks. Human cells were localized at the fracture sites in mice by immunohistochemistry. CD271-selected MSCs migrated toward the medium contained SDF-1 in vitro. Conclusions After intravenous injection, CD271-selected MSCs were recruited to fracture sites. The stages of fracture healing influenced the homing of culture-expanded MSCs. In mice, an optimal window of intravenous injection of MSCs was around 24 hours after fracture. Clinical Relevance Intravenous application of MSCs may serve as a practical route to deliver stem cells for the treatment of fracture non-union and delayed union. Levels of evidence Level I PMID:24378433

  13. Evaluation of K-wire fixation for nasal bone fractures using CT images

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    A nasal bone fracture is the most common facial fracture. Successful treatment requires accurate diagnosis and careful surgical management. Fractures usually are diagnosed on the basis of macroscopic inspection and X-rays. In some cases, CT can be useful in diagnosis of nasal bone fractures because CT images have few shadows and consequently are of high contrast. The authors therefore utilized CT in the classification of 83 cases of nasal bone fractures. CT also was used in 36 cases for postoperative evaluation. During the five-year period from 1989 to 1994, the authors diagnosed 83 cases of nasal bone fractures. CT findings were used to evaluate the types of fractures, which were classified as lateral (unilateral and bilateral), frontal, and lateral-frontal mixed. Included were 22 cases of unilateral fracture, 26 cases of bilateral fracture, 25 cases of frontal fracture, and 8 cases of frontal-lateral fracture. The authors performed closed reduction utilizing K-wire fixation under general anesthesia. Reduction resulted in an angle of θ formed between the nasal bone and maxillary bone, and with its apex at the fracture point. Of the 36 cases postoperatively evaluated by CT, 11 showed excellent results, 12 good results, and 13 fair results. Eleven of the 13 fair reduction cases had a free bone at the fracture point. Five of the 6 cases of fair reduction lateral-frontal mixed fractures had a free bone at the fracture point. Based on CT findings, the authors concluded that reduction and fixation utilizing K-wire was insufficient in cases with free bone fragments. It therefore is important that the existence and position of any free bone fragment should be given careful consideration before undertaking surgery. (author)

  14. Fracture of articular cartilage.

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    Chin-Purcell, M V; Lewis, J L

    1996-11-01

    Crack formation and propagation is a significant element of the degeneration process in articular cartilage. In order to understand this process, and separate the relative importance of structural overload and material failure, methods for measuring the fracture toughness of cartilage are needed. In this paper, two such methods are described and used to measure fracture properties of cartilage from the canine patella. A modified single edge notch (MSEN) specimen was used to measure J, and a trouser tear test was used to measure T, both measures of fracture toughness with units of kN/m. A pseudo-elastic modulus was also obtained from the MSEN test. Several potential error sources were examined, and results for the MSEN test compared with another method for measuring the fracture parameter for urethane rubber. Good agreement was found. The two test methods were used to measure properties of cartilage from the patellae of 12 canines: 4-9 specimens from each of 12 patellae, with 5 right-left pairs were tested. Values of J ranged from 0.14-1.2 kN/m. J values correlated with T and were an average of 1.7 times larger than T. A variety of failure responses was seen in the MSEN tests, consequently a grade of 0 to 3 was assigned to each test, where 0 represented a brittle-like crack with minimal opening and 3 represented plastic flow with no crack formation. The initial cracks in 12/82 specimens did not propagate and were assigned to grade 3. The method for reducing data in the MSEN test assumed pseudo-elastic response and could not be used for the grade 3 specimens. Stiffness did not correlate with J. Neither J nor T was statistically different between right-left pairs, but varied between animals. The test methods appear useful for providing a quantitative measure of fracture toughness for cartilage and other soft materials. PMID:8950659

  15. Sealing of rock fractures

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    The major water-bearing fractures in granite usually from fairly regular sets but the extension and degree of connectivity is varying. This means that only a few fractures that are interconnected with the deposition holes and larger water-bearing structures in a HLW repository are expected and if they can be identified and cut off through sealing it would be possible to improve the isolation of waste packages very effectively. Nature's own fracture sealing mechanisms may be simulated and a survey of the involved processes actually suggests a number of possible filling methods and substances. Most of them require high temperature and pressure and correspondingly sophisticated techniques, but some are of potential interest for immediate application with rather moderate effort. Such a technique is to fill the fractures with clayey substances which stay flexible and low-permeable provided that they remain physically and chemically intact. It is demonstrated in the report that effective grouting requires a very low viscosity and shear strength of the substance and this can be achieved by mechanical agitation as demonstrated in this report. Thus, by superimposing static pressure and shear waves induced by percussion hammering at a suitable frequency, clays and fine-grained silts as well as cement can be driven into fractures with an average aperture as small as 0.1 mm. Experiments were made in the laboratory using concrete and steel plates, and a field pilot test was also conducted under realistic conditions on site in Stripa. They all demonstrated the practicality of the 'dynamic injection technique' and that the fluid condition of the grouts yielded complete filling of the injected space to a considerable distance from the injection point. The field test indicated a good sealing ability as well as a surprisingly high resistance to erosion and piping. (author)

  16. Physical fracture properties (fracture surfaces as information sources; crackgrowth and fracture mechanisms; exemples of cracks)

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    Fracture surfaces are considered as a useful source of informations: an introduction to fractography is presented; the fracture surface may be observed through X ray microanalysis, and other physical methods such as Auger electron spectroscopy or secundary ion emission. The mechanisms of macroscopic and microscopic crackgrowth and fracture are described, in the case of unstable fracture (cleavage, ductile with shear, intergranular brittleness) and of progressive crack propagation (creep, fatigue). Exemples of cracks are presented in the last chapter

  17. ADVANCED FRACTURING TECHNOLOGY FOR TIGHT GAS: AN EAST TEXAS FIELD DEMONSTRATION

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    Mukul M. Sharma

    2005-03-01

    The primary objective of this research was to improve completion and fracturing practices in gas reservoirs in marginal plays in the continental United States. The Bossier Play in East Texas, a very active tight gas play, was chosen as the site to develop and test the new strategies for completion and fracturing. Figure 1 provides a general location map for the Dowdy Ranch Field, where the wells involved in this study are located. The Bossier and other tight gas formations in the continental Unites States are marginal plays in that they become uneconomical at gas prices below $2.00 MCF. It was, therefore, imperative that completion and fracturing practices be optimized so that these gas wells remain economically attractive. The economic viability of this play is strongly dependent on the cost and effectiveness of the hydraulic fracturing used in its well completions. Water-fracs consisting of proppant pumped with un-gelled fluid is the type of stimulation used in many low permeability reservoirs in East Texas and throughout the United States. The use of low viscosity Newtonian fluids allows the creation of long narrow fractures in the reservoir, without the excessive height growth that is often seen with cross-linked fluids. These low viscosity fluids have poor proppant transport properties. Pressure transient tests run on several wells that have been water-fractured indicate a long effective fracture length with very low fracture conductivity even when large amounts of proppant are placed in the formation. A modification to the water-frac stimulation design was needed to transport proppant farther out into the fracture. This requires suspending the proppant until the fracture closes without generating excessive fracture height. A review of fracture diagnostic data collected from various wells in different areas (for conventional gel and water-fracs) suggests that effective propped lengths for the fracture treatments are sometimes significantly shorter than those

  18. Backstroke technique: an effective way to improve the healing of tibia fracture

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    Lee, Qi; Zeng, Bing-fang; Luo, Cong-feng; Wang, Jin-Wu; Lu, Nan-Ji

    2006-01-01

    To assess the method and results of applying a backstroke technique, we treated 43 patients with tibial shaft fracture using unreamed tibial nails (UTN). Of these patients, 27 suffered a closed fracture and 16 an open fracture. After the operation, the effect of treatment was evaluated: 42 of 43 cases were followed up from four to 18 months, averaging 13.6 months. The four-month and 12-month healing rates of open fracture were 54.6 and 80.9%, respectively, the former of which is significantly...

  19. Management of mandibular body fractures in pediatric patients: A case report with review of literature

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    Baby John

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Mandibular fractures are relatively less frequent in children when compared to adults, which may be due to the child′s protected anatomic features and infrequent exposure of children to alcohol related traffic accidents. Treatment principles of mandibular fractures differ from that of adults due to concerns regarding mandibular growth and development of dentition. A case of a 4.5-year-old boy with fractured body of mandible managed by closed reduction using open occlusal acrylic splint and circum mandibular wiring is presented. This article also provides a review of literature regarding the management of mandibular body fracture in young children.

  20. Medial malleolus fracture of the ankle combined with rupture of the Achilles tendon.

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    Lu, Jike; Maruo Holledge, Masumi

    2016-01-01

    A 59-year-old man fell off a 60-cm-high step, with his ankle in a twisted position, and sustained a closed fracture of the medial malleolus, with an ipsilateral complete Achilles tendon (TA) rupture. The TA rupture was initially missed but diagnosed by ultrasound examination, 2 weeks post-operatively. The ankle fracture was diagnosed from routine radiographs. Such a combination of injuries has been reported infrequently in the literature, but significant similarities have been described in the mechanism of injury and fracture patterns. Nevertheless, three of five reported cases with combined medial malleolus fractures were initially misdiagnosed. PMID:27141047

  1. SENILE OSTEOPOROSIS AND HIP FRACTURE

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    戴力扬

    1995-01-01

    A randomized block design was used to compare the Singh index, the cortical index of the femoral neck and the lateral cortical width of the femur of a group of patients with femoral neck fracture, a group with intertrochanterie fracture, and a normal contrrol group among a total of 102 postmenopausal women. The three irtdiees in fracture grotlp were very significantly (P<0. 01) or significantly (P<0. 05) different from those in the normal control subjects. The importance of osteopomosis in hip fracture of the aged is con-firmed. Radiographic measurement of bone mass was found to have some predictive value for the risk of hip fracture.

  2. Seismic characterization of fracture properties

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    The purpose of this paper is to show that there is a relationship, both empirical and theoretical, between the measured seismic response, the mechanical stiffness (also referred to as specific stiffness) of fractures and their hydraulic conductivity. Laboratory measurements of the mechanical stiffness, hydraulic conductivity and seismic properties of natural fractures are summarized. A theoretical model for the amplitude and group time delay for compressional and shear waves transmitted across a single fracture is presented. Predictions based on this model are compared with laboratory measurements. Finally, the results for a single fracture are extended to multiple parallel fractures. 13 refs., 6 figs

  3. A Galeazzi-variant type fracture-dislocation in adults

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    Raju Vaishya; Sundar Kumar Shrestha; Abhishek Vaish

    2013-01-01

    Objective:Fracture of either radius or ulna with a dislocation either at the proximal or distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ) is not a common injury and is inherently unstable.Here we report a case series,with both-bone forearm fractures associated with dislocation of DRUJ,as a Galeazzi-variant type fracture-dislocation,and try to analyze this injury pattern.Methods:The study was based on 6 patients having Galeazzi-variant type fracture-dislocation of different age (20 to 45 years).All fractures were closed type.Two fractures involved the same level and three fractures were at different levels of radius and ulna shaft.After thorough examination and investigations they were treated with limited contact dynamic compression plate without additional fixation for DRUJ.Results:All cases were followed up for 24 weeks.The maximum incidence occurred in age group between 31 and 40 years.All the fractures of both radius and ulna were united in average time of 12 weeks.Range of motion of wrist and elbow,supination and pronation at final follow-up were normal.There was no subsequent re-subluxation or dislocation of the DRUJ in any of the cases.Conclusion:Galeazzi variant in adult is a new undescribed pattern of forearm with wrist injury.Stable open reduction and internal fixation of both-bone forearm fractures is mandatory,followed by 3 to 4 weeks of immobilization in a cast for the healing of disrupted DRUJ.

  4. Incidence of mandibular fractures in black sea region of Turkey

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    Şener, İsmail; Şenel, Erman; Özkan, Nilüfer; Yilmaz, Nergiz

    2015-01-01

    Background The aim of this study is to review the incidence of mandibular fractures in the Black Sea Region of Turkey and to present our treatment protocol. Material and Methods Data were collected regarding age, sex, etiology, time distribution, site of the fracture and the associated injuries and evaluated. These patients were treated at Ondokuz Mayıs University Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery between 2003 and 2010. Data were collected from patient files in the archive and were analyzed using SPSS version 20.0 software. Results A total of 82 patients with 133 mandibular fractures were included in this study. After the follow up period of the patients, the results were achieved from 58 (70.7%) males and 24 (29.3%) females, whose ages ranged from 5 to 72 years and the mean age was 29. Fractures were most seen in 2008 and the busiest month was August. Falls (40.2%) were the major causes of mandibular fractures followed by traffic accidents and violence. The mandibular anatomical sites of higher fracture incidence were: condyle (34.6%), body and symphysis. The number of the fractures and injuries which were seen in other places such as zygomatic arch, alveolar process, tongue, upper and lower lips, orbita, arms was 14. 53 (64.6%) patients were treated by closed reduction, whereas 13 (15.8%) patients were treated by open reduction. Conclusions We concluded that our results were widely similar with the studies in developing countries. Socio-economic factors, cultures, geographic conditions and education could affect the etiology of the mandibular fractures and cause different results between the studies conducted in different countries. Key words:Mandibular fractures, etiology, trauma, treatment, complication. PMID:26330940

  5. Formative mechanism of intracanal fracture fragments in thoracolumbar burst fractures: a finite element study

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    ZENG Zhi-li; ZHU Rui; LI Shan-zhu; YU Yan; WANG Jian-jie; JIA Yong-wei; CHEN Bo

    2013-01-01

    Background Thoracolumbar burst fracture is a common clinical injury,and the fracture mechanism is still controversial.The aim of this research was to study the formation of intracanal fracture fragments in thoracolumbar burst fractures and to provide information for the prevention of thoracolumbar bursts fractures and reduction of damage to the nervous system.Methods A nonlinear three-dimensional finite element model of T11-L3 segments was established,and the injury processes of thoracolumbar bursts were simulated.The intact finite element model and the finite element model after the superior articular were impacted by 100 J of energy in different directions.The distribution and variation of stress in the superior posterior region of the L1 vertebral body were analyzed.Abaqus 6.9 explicit dynamic solver was used as finite element software in calculations.Results A three-dimensional nonlinear finite element model of the thoracolumbar spine was created.In the intact model,stress was concentrated in the superior posterior region of the L1 vertebral body.The stress peak was a maximum for the extension impact load and a minimum for the flexion impact load.The stress peak and contact force in the facet joint had close correlation with time.The stress peak disappeared after excision of the superior articular process.Conclusions The three-dimensional nonlinear finite element model was suitable for dynamic analysis.The contact force in the facet joint,which can be transferred to the superior posterior vertebral body,may explain the spinal canal fragment in thoracolumbar burst fractures.

  6. Pubic insufficiency fracture: MRI findings

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    To evaluate the characteristic MRI findings of pubic insufficiency fracture. In nine cases of pubic insufficiency fracture, the findings of plain radiography (n=9), MRI (n=9), and bone scintigraphy (n=8) were reviewed. We retrospectively analyzed, with regard to fracture site, the destructive pattern revealed by plain radiography, and uptake by other pelvic bones, as demonstrated by RI bone scanning. The MR findings evaluated were the fracture gap and its signal intensity, the site and signal intensity of the soft tissue mass, and other pelvic bone fractures. Plain radiography revealed osteolysis and sclerosis of pubic bone in eight of nine cases (89%), and parasymphyseal fractures in seven (78%). RI indicated uptake by the sacrum in six cases (66%), and by the ilium in three (33%). MR findings of fracture gap (seven cases, 78%) were hypo to isointensity on T1WI, hyper intensity on T2WI and the absence of contrast enhancement. Soft tissue masses were found in seven cases (78%); in four of these the location was parasymphyseal, and in three, surrounding muscle was involved. Hypo to isointensity was revealed by T1WI, hyperintensity by T2WI, and there was peripheral enhancement. Other associated pelvic bone fractures involved the sacrum in seven cases and the ilium in four. The characteristic MR findings of pubic insufficiency fracture were parasymphyseal location, fracture gap, peripherally enhanced soft tissue mass formation, and fractures of other pelvic bones, namely the sacrum and ilium

  7. Pubic insufficiency fracture: MRI findings

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    Min, Tae Kyu; Lee, Yeon Soo; Park, Jeong Mi; Kim, Jee Young; Chung, Hong Jun; Lee, Eun Hee; Lee, Eun Ja; Kang, So Won [College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Han Tae Il [Eulji Medical College, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2000-10-01

    To evaluate the characteristic MRI findings of pubic insufficiency fracture. In nine cases of pubic insufficiency fracture, the findings of plain radiography (n=9), MRI (n=9), and bone scintigraphy (n=8) were reviewed. We retrospectively analyzed, with regard to fracture site, the destructive pattern revealed by plain radiography, and uptake by other pelvic bones, as demonstrated by RI bone scanning. The MR findings evaluated were the fracture gap and its signal intensity, the site and signal intensity of the soft tissue mass, and other pelvic bone fractures. Plain radiography revealed osteolysis and sclerosis of pubic bone in eight of nine cases (89%), and parasymphyseal fractures in seven (78%). RI indicated uptake by the sacrum in six cases (66%), and by the ilium in three (33%). MR findings of fracture gap (seven cases, 78%) were hypo to isointensity on T1WI, hyper intensity on T2WI and the absence of contrast enhancement. Soft tissue masses were found in seven cases (78%); in four of these the location was parasymphyseal, and in three, surrounding muscle was involved. Hypo to isointensity was revealed by T1WI, hyperintensity by T2WI, and there was peripheral enhancement. Other associated pelvic bone fractures involved the sacrum in seven cases and the ilium in four. The characteristic MR findings of pubic insufficiency fracture were parasymphyseal location, fracture gap, peripherally enhanced soft tissue mass formation, and fractures of other pelvic bones, namely the sacrum and ilium.

  8. Excess mortality following hip fracture

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    Abrahamsen, B; van Staa, T; Ariely, R;

    2009-01-01

    Summary This systematic literature review has shown that patients experiencing hip fracture after low-impact trauma are at considerable excess risk for death compared with nonhip fracture/community control populations. The increased mortality risk may persist for several years thereafter......, highlighting the need for interventions to reduce this risk.Patients experiencing hip fracture after low-impact trauma are at considerable risk for subsequent osteoporotic fractures and premature death. We conducted a systematic review of the literature to identify all studies that reported unadjusted and...... excess mortality rates for hip fracture. Although a lack of consistent study design precluded any formal meta-analysis or pooled analysis of the data, we have shown that hip fracture is associated with excess mortality (over and above mortality rates in nonhip fracture/community control populations...

  9. OUTCOME OF LOCKING PLATES IN DISTAL TIBIA FRACTURES TREATMENT

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION Most of these fractures except intra-articular fractures are treated with interlocking nail. 1,2 These nails are a boon for these fractures. But as the fracture nears to the joint stability the fracture fixation will be compromised due to malreduction and alignment, it leads to increased chances of delayed and nonunion. 3 Locking anatomical plates are evaluated for anatomical and relative stability fixation. Since then most intra and near intra-articular fractures are fixed with these plates with minimally invasive percutaneous plate osteosynthesis method, these plates have given excellent result 4 . But again these plates have some disadvantages 5 . This study is done to see the outcome of locking plates in distal tibia fracture. METHODS This study is done in the Department of Orthopaedics, Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore. This study is done from 2013 to 2015. 30 patients who came to outpatient department were treated with locking plates. All patients above 16 years having distal third tibia fracture are included. All open fractures except type 1 and elderly above 60 years and pathological fractures are excluded in our study. All patients were followed up for initial 5 months, thereafter, once in 3 months, for clinical and radiological evaluation of union status, knee range of motion, ankle range of motion and other complications. Assessment of the patient with functional recovery was done with American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery(AOFAS 6 minimum 5 months after injury. RESULTS Majority of the patients are from age group 18-29 years (50%. Average age group was 30 years. Majority of the patients were males 80.6% (25. All fractures were closed fractures except 2 cases which are type 1. There were 12 cases of AO type A, 8 patients were AO type B and 10 patients were type C. Majority of the patients had fracture due to road traffic accidents, 74%. All fractures were united by the end of 20 weeks. There was delayed union in

  10. A STUDY ON ROLE OF INTERLOCK NAILING IN THE MANAGEMENT OF TIBIAL DIAPHYSEAL FRACTURES

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    Venkateswara Rao

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Tibial fractures are one of the commonest orthopedic injuries. Tibial fractures are one of the commonest orthopedic injuries. In the past several years there has been a trend towards by use of small diameter nails without remaining in the management of unstable tibial shaft fractures. However it is important to remember that many closed fractures with less severe soft tissue injury, Treatment with an intramedullary nail with reaming allows placement of larger implant, thereby minimizing the incidence of mechanical failure. While maintain high rates of union. METHODS: In our study, 100 cases of tibial diaphyseal fracture s were treated with Interlocking nailing in between May - 2012 to April 2015 at Siddhartha Medical College/Government General Hospital, Vijayawada. RESULTS: In our study, among 100 cases 86 were closed fractures, and 8 were open fractures and 6 non - unions. O f the 100 cases 56 (56% on right side, 38 (38% on left side, 6 cases (6% were bilateral. The commonest type of fracture is spiral or long oblique in 40 cases (40%. Transverse or short oblique in 28 cases (28%, comminuted in 24 cases (24% and segmenta l in 8 cases (8%. The average time for union is 14 weeks with a range of 12 - 40 weeks. . 2 patients developed delayed union due to distraction at the fracture site.

  11. Surfactant Driven Fracture of Interfacial Particle Rafts

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    Vella, Dominic; Kim, Ho-Young; Aussillous, Pascale; Mahadevan, L.

    2005-01-01

    We investigate the dynamic fracture of a close-packed monolayer of particles, or particle raft, floating at a liquid-gas interface induced by the localised addition of surfactant. Unusually for a two-dimensional solid, our experiments show that the speed of crack propagation here is not affected by the elastic properties of the raft. Instead it is controlled by the rate at which surfactant is advected to the crack tip by means of the induced Marangoni flows. Further, the velocity of propagati...

  12. Fibular Fracture in a Female Rugby Player.

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    Mendola, Jonathan A; Johnson, Michael; Goss, Don

    2016-07-01

    A 20-year-old female rugby player was injured when an opponent landed on her leg during a match. Twelve days after injury, the team's certified athletic trainer referred the patient to a physical therapist due to continued pain. Following fluoroscopic imaging, which was utilized by the physical therapist because standard radiographs were unavailable in close proximity, she was referred for radiographs, which demonstrated a midfibular diaphyseal fracture. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2016;46(7):608. doi:10.2519/jospt.2016.0411. PMID:27363575

  13. Hollow screw fixation with small incision for treatment of calcaneal fractures:a report of 25 cases%外侧小切口空心螺钉治疗跟骨骨折25例分析

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    武红军; 郭永妹; 张坤

    2010-01-01

    目的:探讨小切口切开复位空心螺钉内固定治疗跟骨骨折的疗效.方法:对25例跟骨关节内骨折采用跟骨外侧横型小切口(4~6 cm)空心螺钉内固定治疗,观察手术前后Blher's角及跟骨宽度的变化.结果:手术前后Blher's角及跟骨宽度变化差异均有统计学意义(P<0.01);切口一期愈合,无感染;随访4~24个月,Fernandez评分标准评定优16例,良7例,一般2例,优良率达92.0%.结论:小切口空心螺钉内固定治疗跟骨关节内骨折是一种创伤小、固定可靠、理想的手术方法.

  14. Internal Fixation Using AO Calcaneous Plate for Intra-articular Fractures of the Calcaneum in 21 Cases%跟骨重建钢板内固定治疗跟骨关节内骨折

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    刘华; 李康华; 林涨源; 何洪波; 雷光华

    2005-01-01

    [目的]探讨应用AO跟骨重建钢板内固定治疗跟骨关节内骨折的临床疗效.[方法]自2001年采用重建钢板内固定治疗跟骨关节内骨折的21例患者.按Essex-Lopresti分类法分舌状骨折13例,关节压缩骨折8例.Bohler角0~10°者15例,10~20°者6例.跟骨增宽<1 cm者17例,1~2 cm者4例.均采用跟骨重建钢板内固定,必要时植骨.[结果]本组病例平均随访11个月,采用Maryland Foot Score评分标准进行评分,其中疗效优为19例,占90.5%;良2例,占9.5%.所有病例的骨折均愈合,仅2例遗留轻度关节僵硬.[结论]跟骨重建钢板内固定是治疗跟骨关节内骨折有效方法之一.

  15. Measuring Stress-dependent Fluid Flow Behavior in Fractured Porous Media

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    Huo, Da; Benson, Sally

    2014-05-01

    compression cycles, the effective stress needs to drop by more than 75% to cause a significant increase in permeability. Stress-dependent relative permeability is also likely to be stress dependent, but is very difficult to measure. Pyrak-Nolte (1990) pointed out that non-wetting phase tends to have a more significant deduction compared with wetting phase if the fracture aperture is closing. Our experiment also observes that large apertures will close first. Due to the fact that non-wetting phase tends to stay in large apertures and wetting phase tends to stay in small apertures, we also get the same phenomenon that the fracture closure/opening will mainly affect the non-wetting phase channels in fractures.

  16. 跟骨骨折内固定手术并发症58例分析%Analysis of complication of the fixed surgery of calcaneum bone fracture in 58 cases

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    王春辉; 吴兵; 盛文辉; 王自钢

    2011-01-01

    Objective To discuss complications of the fixed surgery of internal fixation of intra- articular calcaneal fracture. Methods Totally 64 sides of calcaneal fracture in 58 patients were treated with open reduction and Y-shaped plate fixation through lateral approach. All the cases were followed up, and the associated complications were analyzed retrospectively. Results The clinical results were evaluated according to Maryland Foot Score.Excellent and good results were acchieved in 55 cases. The precentage of complication was 85.9%. The complications were foud in 9 cases, including postoprerative wound dehiscence,malunion,infection etc. Conclusions The complications of internal fixations treating fractures arc related to anatomic features of calcaneus.%目的 探讨跟骨关节内骨折内固定手术并发症的发生原因、预防和对策.方法 收集2004年9月至2009年7月在石河子市人民医院采用切开复位+"Y"形钢板内固定伴必要时自体植骨治疗的Ⅱ~Ⅳ型跟骨骨折58例(共64足)患者的临床资料进行回顾性分析.结果 采用Maryland足部评分标准评价手术效果:优良55足,优良率为85.9%,9足发生术后复位不佳、畸形愈合、切口延迟愈合、感染等并发症.发生明确的早期并发症6足,发生率15.5%.结论 跟骨骨折内固定手术并发症与其解剖特点和骨折机制有关,采取相应措施可有效减少并发症的发生.

  17. Vertebral fracture classification

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    de Bruijne, Marleen; Pettersen, Paola C.; Tankó, László B.; Nielsen, Mads

    2007-03-01

    A novel method for classification and quantification of vertebral fractures from X-ray images is presented. Using pairwise conditional shape models trained on a set of healthy spines, the most likely unfractured shape is estimated for each of the vertebrae in the image. The difference between the true shape and the reconstructed normal shape is an indicator for the shape abnormality. A statistical classification scheme with the two shapes as features is applied to detect, classify, and grade various types of deformities. In contrast with the current (semi-)quantitative grading strategies this method takes the full shape into account, it uses a patient-specific reference by combining population-based information on biological variation in vertebra shape and vertebra interrelations, and it provides a continuous measure of deformity. Good agreement with manual classification and grading is demonstrated on 204 lateral spine radiographs with in total 89 fractures.

  18. Fracture of brittle solids

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    1993-01-01

    This is an advanced text for higher degree materials science students and researchers concerned with the strength of highly brittle covalent-ionic solids, principally ceramics. It is a reconstructed and greatly expanded edition of a book first published in 1975. The book presents a unified continuum, microstructural and atomistic treatment of modern day fracture mechanics from a materials perspective. Particular attention is directed to the basic elements of bonding and microstructure that govern the intrinsic toughness of ceramics. These elements hold the key to the future of ceramics as high-technology materials--to make brittle solids strong, we must first understand what makes them weak. The underlying theme of the book is the fundamental Griffith energy-balance concept of crack propagation. The early chapters develop fracture mechanics from the traditional continuum perspective, with attention to linear and nonlinear crack-tip fields, equilibrium and non-equilibrium crack states. It then describes the at...

  19. Dictionary of fracture mechanics

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    7000 entries summarize the most important and frequently used terms in fracture mechanics: modes of fracture, concepts and criteria, cracks and crack growth, test methods, specimens etc. Some general terms that have a special meaning in the scope of this book are also included as are important abbreviations, acronyms, symbols and units. All entries are alphabetically ordered and, if appropriate, combined with groups of related words. Groups of word combinations are thought to be useful for the understanding of linguistic laws. Annotations in italics may be helpful in relating the entry to a special technical scope. Within the entries the source-language terms are bold-faced. In the German alphabet the mutated vowels ae, oe and ue are ordered as ae, oe and ue; ss is ordered as ss. (orig./HP)

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    Social Security Administration — This file is used to hold information about disability claims that have been closed and have been selected for sampling.Sampling is the process whereby OQR reviews...

  1. Mitigation : Closed Basin Project

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — The upcoming meeting on waterfowl mitigation for the Closed Basin Project will have several people talk about possible changes to the waterfowl mitigation program....

  2. ANTEGRADE INTRAMEDULLARY FIXATION OF HUMERAL SHAFT FRACTURES WITH INTERLOCKING NAIL - AN ANALYSIS OF COMPLICATIONS

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    Arvinder

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT : Fractures of the humeral shaft account for 3% of all the fractures . Primary cause of these fractures i s high energy traumas. Goals in managing these fractures are osseous union, minimal deformity and return of maximal extremity function. The union rate of simple fractures of humerus treated conservatively is over 90%. Surgical management of these fractures is preferred in Segmental fractures, Polytrauma patients, Pathological fractures, Open fractures , Failed conservative treatment, Associated progressive neurological deficit , Vascular injury, Morbid obesity. We analysed intraoperative and postoperative com plications in twelve patients with humeral shaft fractures managed with antegrade interlocking nails. There were seven males and five females. Their ages ranged between 20 – 60 years with an average of 32.6 years. There were 11 close and one Gustilo grade I open fractures. There were six comminuted , four transverse, and two oblique fractures. Nine fractures were in middle third one in proximal third and two in distal third. Five patients had associated injuries. We faced difficulty in localizing entry port al in 2 patients . There was difficulty in reduction in 2 patients We had one patient with iatrogenic comminution . Three patients had improper locking screw size. One had nail protrusion proximally , one patient had distraction at the fracture site . There we re two superficial entry portal skin infections and one deep proximal cross screw infection. We had two patients with shoulder and one patient with elbow stiffness. Chronic rotator cuff irritation was present in three patients. We recorded three delayed un ions, one nonunion and one rotatory malunion The results of the present study indicate that antegrade intramedullary interlocked nailing is one of the best method of treatment among the currently available methods.

  3. Analysis of seismic sources for different mechanisms of fracture growth for microseismic monitoring applications

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    We have developed and illustrated an approach for geomechanic modeling of elastic wave generation (microsiesmic event occurrence) during incremental fracture growth. We then derived properties of effective point seismic sources (radiation patterns) approximating obtained wavefields. These results establish connection between geomechanic models of hydraulic fracturing and microseismic monitoring. Thus, the results of the moment tensor inversion of microseismic data can be related to different geomechanic scenarios of hydraulic fracture growth. In future, the results can be used for calibrating hydrofrac models. We carried out a series of numerical simulations and made some observations about wave generation during fracture growth. In particular when the growing fracture hits pre-existing crack then it generates much stronger microseismic event compared to fracture growth in homogeneous medium (radiation pattern is very close to the theoretical dipole-type source mechanism)

  4. Analysis of seismic sources for different mechanisms of fracture growth for microseismic monitoring applications

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    Duchkov, A. A., E-mail: DuchkovAA@ipgg.sbras.ru [Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics SB RAS, Novosibirsk, 630090 (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk, 630090 (Russian Federation); Stefanov, Yu. P., E-mail: stefanov@ispms.tsc.ru [Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics SB RAS, Novosibirsk, 630090 (Russian Federation)

    2015-10-27

    We have developed and illustrated an approach for geomechanic modeling of elastic wave generation (microsiesmic event occurrence) during incremental fracture growth. We then derived properties of effective point seismic sources (radiation patterns) approximating obtained wavefields. These results establish connection between geomechanic models of hydraulic fracturing and microseismic monitoring. Thus, the results of the moment tensor inversion of microseismic data can be related to different geomechanic scenarios of hydraulic fracture growth. In future, the results can be used for calibrating hydrofrac models. We carried out a series of numerical simulations and made some observations about wave generation during fracture growth. In particular when the growing fracture hits pre-existing crack then it generates much stronger microseismic event compared to fracture growth in homogeneous medium (radiation pattern is very close to the theoretical dipole-type source mechanism)

  5. Generalized linear sampling method for elastic-wave sensing of heterogeneous fractures

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    Pourahmadian, Fatemeh; Haddar, Houssem

    2016-01-01

    A theoretical foundation is developed for active seismic reconstruction of fractures endowed with spatially-varying interfacial condition (e.g.~partially-closed fractures, hydraulic fractures). The proposed indicator functional carries a superior localization property with no significant sensitivity to the fracture's contact condition, measurement errors, and illumination frequency. This is accomplished through the paradigm of the $F_\\sharp$-factorization technique and the recently developed Generalized Linear Sampling Method (GLSM) applied to elastodynamics. The direct scattering problem is formulated in the frequency domain where the fracture surface is illuminated by a set of incident plane waves, while monitoring the induced scattered field in the form of (elastic) far-field patterns. The analysis of the well-posedness of the forward problem leads to an admissibility condition on the fracture's (linearized) contact parameters. This in turn contributes toward establishing the applicability of the $F_\\sharp...

  6. Melt fracture revisited

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    Greenberg, J. M.

    2003-07-16

    In a previous paper the author and Demay advanced a model to explain the melt fracture instability observed when molten linear polymer melts are extruded in a capillary rheometer operating under the controlled condition that the inlet flow rate was held constant. The model postulated that the melts were a slightly compressible viscous fluid and allowed for slipping of the melt at the wall. The novel feature of that model was the use of an empirical switch law which governed the amount of wall slip. The model successfully accounted for the oscillatory behavior of the exit flow rate, typically referred to as the melt fracture instability, but did not simultaneously yield the fine scale spatial oscillations in the melt typically referred to as shark skin. In this note a new model is advanced which simultaneously explains the melt fracture instability and shark skin phenomena. The model postulates that the polymer is a slightly compressible linearly viscous fluid but assumes no slip boundary conditions at the capillary wall. In simple shear the shear stress {tau}and strain rate d are assumed to be related by d = F{tau} where F ranges between F{sub 2} and F{sub 1} > F{sub 2}. A strain rate dependent yield function is introduced and this function governs whether F evolves towards F{sub 2} or F{sub 1}. This model accounts for the empirical observation that at high shears polymers align and slide more easily than at low shears and explains both the melt fracture and shark skin phenomena.

  7. Phase Field Fracture Mechanics.

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    Robertson, Brett Anthony [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-11-01

    For this assignment, a newer technique of fracture mechanics using a phase field approach, will be examined and compared with experimental data for a bend test and a tension test. The software being used is Sierra Solid Mechanics, an implicit/explicit finite element code developed at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The bend test experimental data was also obtained at Sandia Labs while the tension test data was found in a report online from Purdue University.

  8. Atypical femoral fractures

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    Giannini, Sandro; Chiarello, Eugenio; Tedesco, Giuseppe; Cadossi, Matteo; Luciani, Deianira; Mazzotti, Antonio; Donati, Davide Maria

    2013-01-01

    Bisphosphonates (BPs) represent the most widely used therapy for osteoporosis. Recently, a relationship between long-term treatment with BPs and a subset of atypical femoral fractures (AFFs) from below the lesser trochanter to the sovracondilar line has been described. Many etiopathogenetic theories have been invoked to explain AFFs: reduced bone turnover and increased osteoblast bone apposition with accumulation of microdamage and decreased bone toughness with subsequent increased risk of mi...

  9. Double segmental tibial fractures - an unusual fracture pattern

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    Bali Kamal

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available 【Abstract】A case of a 50-year-old pedestrian who was hit by a bike and suffered fractures of both bones of his right leg was presented. Complete clinical and radiographic assessment showed double segmental fractures of the tibia and multisegmental fractures of the fibula. Review of the literature revealed that this fracture pattern was unique and only a single case was reported so far. Moreover, we discussed the possible mechanisms which can lead to such an injury. We also discussed the management of segmental tibial fracture and the difficulties encountered with them. This case was managed by modern osteosynthesis tech- nique with a pleasing outcome. Key words: Fracture, bone; Tibia; Fibula; Nails

  10. Zoledronic acid and clinical fractures and mortality after hip fracture

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    Lyles, Kenneth W; Colón-Emeric, Cathleen S; Magaziner, Jay S;

    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Mortality is increased after a hip fracture, and strategies that improve outcomes are needed. METHODS: In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 1065 patients were assigned to receive yearly intravenous zoledronic acid (at a dose of 5 mg), and 1062 patients were...... assigned to receive placebo. The infusions were first administered within 90 days after surgical repair of a hip fracture. All patients (mean age, 74.5 years) received supplemental vitamin D and calcium. The median follow-up was 1.9 years. The primary end point was a new clinical fracture. RESULTS: The...... rates of any new clinical fracture were 8.6% in the zoledronic acid group and 13.9% in the placebo group, a 35% risk reduction with zoledronic acid (P=0.001); the respective rates of a new clinical vertebral fracture were 1.7% and 3.8% (P=0.02), and the respective rates of new nonvertebral fractures...

  11. Odontoid fractures: A retrospective analysis of 53 cases

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    Shetty Arjun

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The management of odontoid fracture has evolved but controversy persists as to the best method for Type II odontoid fractures with or without atlantoaxial (AA instability. The anterior odontoid screw fixation can be associated with significant morbidity while delayed odontoid screw fixation has shown to be associated with reasonable good fusion rates. We conducted a retrospective analysis to evaluate the outcome of a trial of conservative management in type II odontoid fractures without atlantoaxial instability (Group A followed by delayed odontoid screw fixation in cases in which fusion was not achieved by conservative treatment. The outcome of type II odontoid fracture with AA subluxation (Group B was also analysed where closed reduction on traction could be achieved and in those atlantoaxial subluxations that were irreducible an intraoperative reduction was done. Materials and Methods: A retrospective evaluation of 53 cases of odontoid fractures treated over a 9-year period is being reported. All odontoid fractures without AA instability (n=29 were initially managed conservatively. Three patients who did not achieve union with conservative management were treated with delayed anterior screw fixation. Twenty-four cases of odontoid fractures were associated with AA instability; 17 of them could be reduced with skeletal traction and were managed with posterior fusion and fixation. Of the seven cases that were irreducible, the initial three cases were treated by odontoid excision followed by posterior fusion and fixation; however, in the later four cases, intra operative reduction was achieved by a manipulation procedure, and posterior fusion and fixation was performed. Results: Twenty-six of 29 cases of odontoid fracture without AA instability achieved fracture union with conservative management whereas the remaining three patients achieved union following delayed anterior odontoid screw fixation. 17 out of 24 odontoid fracture with

  12. Optimisation of composite bone plates for ulnar transverse fractures.

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    Chakladar, N D; Harper, L T; Parsons, A J

    2016-04-01

    Metallic bone plates are commonly used for arm bone fractures where conservative treatment (casts) cannot provide adequate support and compression at the fracture site. These plates, made of stainless steel or titanium alloys, tend to shield stress transfer at the fracture site and delay the bone healing rate. This study investigates the feasibility of adopting advanced composite materials to overcome stress shielding effects by optimising the geometry and mechanical properties of the plate to match more closely to the bone. An ulnar transverse fracture is characterised and finite element techniques are employed to investigate the feasibility of a composite-plated fractured bone construct over a stainless steel equivalent. Numerical models of intact and fractured bones are analysed and the mechanical behaviour is found to agree with experimental data. The mechanical properties are tailored to produce an optimised composite plate, offering a 25% reduction in length and a 70% reduction in mass. The optimised design may help to reduce stress shielding and increase bone healing rates. PMID:26875147

  13. Chemical Signatures of and Precursors to Fractures Using Fluid Inclusion Stratigraphy

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    Lorie M. Dilley

    2011-03-30

    Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) are designed to recover heat from the subsurface by mechanically creating fractures in subsurface rocks. Open or recently closed fractures would be more susceptible to enhancing the permeability of the system. Identifying dense fracture areas as well as large open fractures from small fracture systems will assist in fracture stimulation site selection. Geothermal systems are constantly generating fractures (Moore, Morrow et al. 1987), and fluids and gases passing through rocks in these systems leave small fluid and gas samples trapped in healed microfractures. These fluid inclusions are faithful records of pore fluid chemistry. Fluid inclusions trapped in minerals as the fractures heal are characteristic of the fluids that formed them, and this signature can be seen in fluid inclusion gas analysis. This report presents the results of the project to determine fracture locations by the chemical signatures from gas analysis of fluid inclusions. With this project we hope to test our assumptions that gas chemistry can distinguish if the fractures are open and bearing production fluids or represent prior active fractures and whether there are chemical signs of open fracture systems in the wall rock above the fracture. Fluid Inclusion Stratigraphy (FIS) is a method developed for the geothermal industry which applies the mass quantification of fluid inclusion gas data from drill cuttings and applying known gas ratios and compositions to determine depth profiles of fluid barriers in a modern geothermal system (Dilley, 2009; Dilley et al., 2005; Norman et al., 2005). Identifying key gas signatures associated with fractures for isolating geothermal fluid production is the latest advancement in the application of FIS to geothermal systems (Dilley and Norman, 2005; Dilley and Norman, 2007). Our hypothesis is that peaks in FIS data are related to location of fractures. Previous work (DOE Grant DE-FG36-06GO16057) has indicated differences in the

  14. Fractured reservoir discrete feature network technologies. Annual report, March 7, 1996--February 28, 1997

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    Dershowitz, W.S.; La Pointe, P.R.; Einstein, H.H.; Ivanova, V.

    1998-01-01

    This report describes progress on the project, {open_quotes}Fractured Reservoir Discrete Feature Network Technologies{close_quotes} during the period March 7, 1996 to February 28, 1997. The report presents summaries of technology development for the following research areas: (1) development of hierarchical fracture models, (2) fractured reservoir compartmentalization and tributary volume, (3) fractured reservoir data analysis, and (4) integration of fractured reservoir data and production technologies. In addition, the report provides information on project status, publications submitted, data collection activities, and technology transfer through the world wide web (WWW). Research on hierarchical fracture models included geological, mathematical, and computer code development. The project built a foundation of quantitative, geological and geometrical information about the regional geology of the Permian Basin, including detailed information on the lithology, stratigraphy, and fracturing of Permian rocks in the project study area (Tracts 17 and 49 in the Yates field). Based on the accumulated knowledge of regional and local geology, project team members started the interpretation of fracture genesis mechanisms and the conceptual modeling of the fracture system in the study area. Research on fractured reservoir compartmentalization included basic research, technology development, and application of compartmentalized reservoir analyses for the project study site. Procedures were developed to analyze compartmentalization, tributary drainage volume, and reservoir matrix block size. These algorithms were implemented as a Windows 95 compartmentalization code, FraCluster.

  15. Subtrochanteric stress fractures in patients on oral bisphosphonate therapy: an emerging problem.

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    Murphy, Colin G

    2012-01-31

    The emergence of a new variant of subtrochanteric stress fractures of the femur, affecting patients on oral bisphosphonate therapy, has only recently been described. This fracture is often preceded by pain and distinctive radiographic changes (lateral cortical thickening), and associated with a characteristic fracture pattern (transverse fracture line and medial cortical spike). A retrospective review (2007-2009) was carried out for patients who were taking oral bisphosphonates and who sustained a subtrochanteric fracture after a low velocity injury. Eleven fractures were found in 10 patients matching the inclusion criteria outlined. All were females, and taking bisphosphonates for a mean of 43 years. Five of the 10 patients mentioned prodromal symptoms, for an average of 9.4 months before the fracture. Although all fractures were deemed low velocity, 5 of 11 were even atraumatic. Two patients had previously sustained contralateral subtrochanteric fractures. Plain radiographs of two patients showed lateral cortical thickening on the contralateral unfractured femur; the bisphosphonate therapy was stopped and close surveillance was started. Patients taking oral bisphosphonates may be at risk of a new variant of stress fracture of the proximal femur. Awareness of the symptoms is the key to ensure that appropriate investigations are undertaken.

  16. Mortality after hip fracture with vertebral compression fracture is poor.

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    Imai, Norio; Endo, Naoto; Hoshino, Tadashi; Suda, Ken; Miyasaka, Dai; Ito, Tomoyuki

    2016-01-01

    Due to the increasing elderly population, the prevalence of osteoporotic hip fractures in Japanese patients continues to rise. It is well established that patients with either hip fracture or both symptomatic and asymptomatic morphometric vertebral compression fracture (VCF) have a poor health prognosis compared with the general population. The purpose of this study was to retrospectively investigate vertebral fracture rates among patients with hip fracture and their influence on mortality. We examined 182 cases of osteoporotic hip fracture in patients admitted to our institution between January 2009 and May 2011. The average age at the time of fracture was 85 years. Radiographs of the lumbar spine were obtained from all of the participants and the lateral spinal radiographs were examined for evidence of VCF. The patients were classified into two groups, those with VCF and those without. A VCF was identified in approximately 78 % of the patients. The mortality rate 1 year after the hip fracture was approximately 22 % and it was significantly higher in patients with VCF. Through multivariate statistics we found that VCF, post-operative complication, loss of ambulation after operation and medication for osteoporosis were statistically significant. In other words, VCF, post-operative complication and loss of ambulation were considered to be poor prognostic factors and medication for osteoporosis was likely to improve the prognosis. We concluded that the risk of mortality after hip fracture is significantly greater in patients who also have VCF compared to patients without VCF, and that medication for osteoporosis is likely to improve prognosis. PMID:25501699

  17. Double segmental tibial fractures - an unusual fracture pattern

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    Bali Kamal; Kumar Vishal; Patel Sandeep; Aggarwal Sameer

    2012-01-01

    【Abstract】A case of a 50-year-old pedestrian who was hit by a bike and suffered fractures of both bones of his right leg was presented. Complete clinical and radiographic assessment showed double segmental fractures of the tibia and multisegmental fractures of the fibula. Review of the literature revealed that this fracture pattern was unique and only a single case was reported so far. Moreover, we discussed the possible mechanisms which can lead to such an injury. We also discussed the...

  18. Fractures in the growing foal. Part 1: Epiphyseal fractures

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    This paper discusses general considerations for epiphyseal fractures and the anatomical differences which led to the Salter-Harris-classification are explained. The various locations and fracture configurations in the different bones are mentioned, and suggestions for their treatment are made. Epiphyseal fractures in growing foals have generally a favourable prognosis for healing, if treated properly. However, the prognosis for future use as an athlete has to be judged as guarded. The limb with an epiphyseal fracture should under any circumstances be splinted or cast for the transport to hospital. Epiphyseal fractures of the distal portions of the limb may be treated by cast application in some cases. More frequently, however, surgical reduction followed by some form of internal fixation is preferred. It is important to follow the basic principles of internal fixation. The implants should be removed at the earliest convenience, to prevent undue growth disturbances. Epiphyseal fractures should be treated as soon as possible to avoid further destruction of the growth plate through continuous movement at the fracture site. Growth disturbances are the most frequently encountered complications with epiphyseal fractures. Other complications include infection, osteomyelitis, degenerative joint disease and breakdown of the fracture fixation

  19. Evaluation of five fracture models in Taylor impact fracture

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    Zhang, Wei; Xiao, Xin-Ke; Wei, Gang; Guo, Zitao

    2012-03-01

    Taylor impact test presented in a previous study on a commercial high strength and super hard aluminum alloy 7A04-T6 are numerically evaluated using the finite element code ABAQUS/Explicit. In the present study, the influence of fracture criterion in numerical simulations of the deformation and fracture behavior of Taylor rod has been studied. Included in the paper are a modified version of Johnson-Cook, the Cockcroft-Latham(C-L), the constant fracture strain, the maximum shear stress and the maximum principle stress fracture models. Model constants for each criterion are calibrated from material tests. The modified version of Johnson-Cook fracture criterion with the stress triaxiality cut off idea is found to give good prediction of the Taylor impact fracture behavior. However, this study will also show that the C-L fracture criterion where only one simple material test is required for calibration is found to give reasonable predictions. Unfortunately, the other three criteria are not able to repeat the experimentally obtained fracture behavior. The study indicates that the stress triaxiality cut off idea is necessary to predict the Taylor impact fracture.

  20. FRACTURED PETROLEUM RESERVOIRS

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    Abbas Firoozabadi

    1999-06-11

    The four chapters that are described in this report cover a variety of subjects that not only give insight into the understanding of multiphase flow in fractured porous media, but they provide also major contribution towards the understanding of flow processes with in-situ phase formation. In the following, a summary of all the chapters will be provided. Chapter I addresses issues related to water injection in water-wet fractured porous media. There are two parts in this chapter. Part I covers extensive set of measurements for water injection in water-wet fractured porous media. Both single matrix block and multiple matrix blocks tests are covered. There are two major findings from these experiments: (1) co-current imbibition can be more efficient than counter-current imbibition due to lower residual oil saturation and higher oil mobility, and (2) tight fractured porous media can be more efficient than a permeable porous media when subjected to water injection. These findings are directly related to the type of tests one can perform in the laboratory and to decide on the fate of water injection in fractured reservoirs. Part II of Chapter I presents modeling of water injection in water-wet fractured media by modifying the Buckley-Leverett Theory. A major element of the new model is the multiplication of the transfer flux by the fractured saturation with a power of 1/2. This simple model can account for both co-current and counter-current imbibition and computationally it is very efficient. It can be orders of magnitude faster than a conventional dual-porosity model. Part II also presents the results of water injection tests in very tight rocks of some 0.01 md permeability. Oil recovery from water imbibition tests from such at tight rock can be as high as 25 percent. Chapter II discusses solution gas-drive for cold production from heavy-oil reservoirs. The impetus for this work is the study of new gas phase formation from in-situ process which can be significantly

  1. Analysis of a mesoscale infiltration and water seepage test in unsaturated fractured rock: Spatial variabilities and discrete fracture patterns

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    Zhou, Q.; Salve, R.; Liu, H.-H.; Wang, J.S.Y.; Hudson, D.

    2006-01-01

    A mesoscale (21??m in flow distance) infiltration and seepage test was recently conducted in a deep, unsaturated fractured rock system at the crossover point of two underground tunnels. Water was released from a 3??m ?? 4??m infiltration plot on the floor of an alcove in the upper tunnel, and seepage was collected from the ceiling of a niche in the lower tunnel. Significant temporal and (particularly) spatial variabilities were observed in both measured infiltration and seepage rates. To analyze the test results, a three-dimensional unsaturated flow model was used. A column-based scheme was developed to capture heterogeneous hydraulic properties reflected by these spatial variabilities observed. Fracture permeability and van Genuchten ?? parameter [van Genuchten, M.T., 1980. A closed-form equation for predicting the hydraulic conductivity of unsaturated soils. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 44, 892-898] were calibrated for each rock column in the upper and lower hydrogeologic units in the test bed. The calibrated fracture properties for the infiltration and seepage zone enabled a good match between simulated and measured (spatially varying) seepage rates. The numerical model was also able to capture the general trend of the highly transient seepage processes through a discrete fracture network. The calibrated properties and measured infiltration/seepage rates were further compared with mapped discrete fracture patterns at the top and bottom boundaries. The measured infiltration rates and calibrated fracture permeability of the upper unit were found to be partially controlled by the fracture patterns on the infiltration plot (as indicated by their positive correlations with fracture density). However, no correlation could be established between measured seepage rates and density of fractures mapped on the niche ceiling. This lack of correlation indicates the complexity of (preferential) unsaturated flow within the discrete fracture network. This also indicates that continuum

  2. Complex Fluids and Hydraulic Fracturing.

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    Barbati, Alexander C; Desroches, Jean; Robisson, Agathe; McKinley, Gareth H

    2016-06-01

    Nearly 70 years old, hydraulic fracturing is a core technique for stimulating hydrocarbon production in a majority of oil and gas reservoirs. Complex fluids are implemented in nearly every step of the fracturing process, most significantly to generate and sustain fractures and transport and distribute proppant particles during and following fluid injection. An extremely wide range of complex fluids are used: naturally occurring polysaccharide and synthetic polymer solutions, aqueous physical and chemical gels, organic gels, micellar surfactant solutions, emulsions, and foams. These fluids are loaded over a wide range of concentrations with particles of varying sizes and aspect ratios and are subjected to extreme mechanical and environmental conditions. We describe the settings of hydraulic fracturing (framed by geology), fracturing mechanics and physics, and the critical role that non-Newtonian fluid dynamics and complex fluids play in the hydraulic fracturing process. PMID:27070765

  3. Social inequality and hip fracture

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    Harvey, N. C.; Hansen, L.; Judge, A.;

    2015-01-01

    Social inequality appears to be increasing in many countries. We explored whether risk of hip fracture was associated with markers of inequality and whether these relationships changed with time, using data from Danish Health Registries. Methods: All patients 60 years or older with a primary hip...... fracture (ICD10: S720, S721, S722 and S729) were identified from 1 January 1995 to 31 December 2011. Hip fracture patients were matched 1:1 on age, gender and year of fracture to a non-hip fracture control. An individual's education attainment was defined as basic, secondary or higher, and their income was...... taken from their latest registered annual tax return (600,000 DKK). Poisson regression modeling was used to describe the association between income or education with rate of hip fracture, adjusting for confounders (smoking, alcohol, Charlson co-morbidity). Interactions were fitted between income and...

  4. Pediatric femoral shaft fractures treated by flexible intramedullary nailing

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    K.C.Kapil Mani; R.C.Dirgha Raj; Acharya Parimal

    2015-01-01

    Background:Nowadays pediatric femoral fractures are more commonly managed with operative treatment rather than conservative treatment because of more rapid recovery and avoidance of prolonged immobilization.Children between the ages of 5-13 years are treated either by traction plus hip spica and flexible/elastic stable retrograde intramedullary nail,or external fixators in the case of open fractures.The aim of this study is to evaluate the outcome of pediatric femoral shaft fractures treated by stainless steel flexible intramedullary nail in children between 5 and 13 years of age.Methods:There were 32 cases of femoral shaft fractures which were all fixed with stainless steel flexible intramedullary nail under fluoroscopy.Long leg cast was applied at the time of fixation.Partial weight bearing was started 2 weeks after surgery.Patients were evaluated in follow-up study to observe the alignment of fracture,infection,delayed union,nonunion,limb length discrepancy,motion of knee joint,and time to unite the fracture.Results:We were able to follow up 28 out of 32 patients.The patients were 8.14 years of age on average.The mean hospital stay after operation was 4 days and fracture union time was 9.57 weeks.There were 3 cases of varus angulation,2 cases of anterior angulation,and 4 cases of limb lengthening.Conclusion:Patients aged between 5 and 13 years treated with flexible intramedullary nail for closed femoral shaft fracture have rapid union and recovery,short rehabilitation period,less immobilization and psychological impact,and cost-effective.

  5. Initial stress estimation of diatomaceous mudstone using hydraulic fracturing test

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    This paper shows the results of initial stress obtained by stress relief method, hydraulic fracturing technique and borehole breakout analysis which have been carried out at depth 140 m niche as a part of Horonobe Underground Facility. The results of investigations are summarized as follows. Initial stress measuring has been tried by stress relief method, but none of the gluing of the gage plugs was successful because clayish slime stuck over the end of the borehole. The direction and value of initial stress obtained by hydraulic fracturing technique and the borehole breakout analysis were closely similar. (author)

  6. Golfer's fracture of the ribs

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    Golfer's fracture is stress fracture of the posterior portion of left 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7th ribs of golfer's, usually beginners,and it is considered due to exposure to unaccustomed severe exercise of this fascinating sport. Healing is usually uneventful, but possible complication may occur, because symptom is mild and golfers continue the exercise with physical therapy such as massage. Author report 4 cases of golfer's fracture, including 1 case complicated by platelike at electasis of lung.

  7. Ultrasound evaluation of penile fractures

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    Kachewar, SG; Kulkarni, DS

    2011-01-01

    This short case report discusses the various aspects of penile fracture, which is a rare entity. Nevertheless, the incidence of penile fractures is on the rise due to the increased use of performance-enhancing drugs. An individual with a penile fracture should seek immediate medical referral. Prompt diagnosis and management is necessary to prevent undesirable after-effects as discussed. Emphasis is made on how imaging with ultrasound enables a quick and complete assessment of this mishap.

  8. Management of acetabular fractures: challenging work

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    CHEN Zheng-rong; YANG Yi

    2006-01-01

    @@ Acetabular fractures are complex and special intraarticular fractures. For most orthopaedic surgeons management of acetabular fractures is hard and challenging because the fractures are the results of high-energy trauma, and usually accompany with severe associated injuries. In addition, these fractures are uncommon except in a few trauma centers. The number of cases a surgeon can encounter is scarce.

  9. Management of parasymphyseal fractures of the mandible.

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    McClurg, F L

    1978-02-01

    Fractures of the parasymphyseal mandible occur in 15% of all cases of mandibular fracture. The experience obtained from 32 consecutive parasymphyseal fractures is outlined. Open reduction and internal fixation was required in patients having severe comminution, a mobile central fragment, or bilateral subcondylar fractures. These circumstances constituted 15% of all parasymphyseal fractures. The techniques utilized have been outlined. PMID:621994

  10. Fracture Propagation, Fluid Flow, and Geomechanics of Water-Based Hydraulic Fracturing in Shale Gas Systems and Electromagnetic Geophysical Monitoring of Fluid Migration

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    Kim, Jihoon; Um, Evan; Moridis, George

    2014-12-01

    -geomechanical simulator and are transformed via a rock-physics model into electrical conductivity models. It is shown that anomalous conductivity distribution in the resulting models is closely related to injected water saturation, but not closely related to newly created unsaturated fractures. Our numerical modeling experiments demonstrate that the crosswell EM method can be highly sensitive to conductivity changes that directly indicate the migration pathways of the injected fluid. Accordingly, the EM method can serve as an effective monitoring tool for distribution of injected fluids (i.e., migration pathways) during hydraulic fracturing operations

  11. Anterior mediastinal abscess diagnosed in a young sumo wrestler after closed blunt chest trauma.

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    Sassa, Tatsuro; Kobayashi, Ken-Ichiro; Ota, Masayuki; Washino, Takuya; Hikone, Mayu; Sakamoto, Naoya; Iwabuchi, Sentaro; Otsuji, Mizuto; Ohnishi, Kenji

    2015-12-01

    Most mediastinal abscesses result from infections after thoracotomy, esophageal perforation or pene- trating chest trauma. This disease is rarely caused by closed blunt chest trauma. All previously reported such cases after closed blunt chest trauma presented with hematoma and sternal osteomyelitis resulting from sternal fracture. Here we report a 15-year-old sumo wrestler who presented with an anterior mediastinal abscess without any mediastinal fracture. The mediastinal abscess resulted from the hematogenous spread of Staphylococcus aureus to a hematoma that might have been caused by a closed blunt chest trauma incurred during sumo wrestling exercises. PMID:26917029

  12. Modelling fracture in ferritic steel

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    Smith, G

    2002-01-01

    Results from mathematical models and computer simulations of fracture in polycrystalline steels are presented for a range of temperatures. The proportions of intergranular and intragranular failure predicted are compared with experimental results for brittle fracture, ductile fracture and in the transition region. Interactive software to create two-dimensional polycrystalline models, which allow a range of physical to be varied independently, is described. The results include those for model materials chosen to match steels used by the power generation industry. The models simulate segregation and cavitation effects in steel and fracture of weldments and their associated heat-affected zones.

  13. Seismic characterization of fracture properties

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    A critical component of site characterization and performance assessment involves the demonstration that any fluid flow which might reach the accessible environment is within acceptable limits. Various methods of analyzing flow in fractured rocks have been proposed, but choice of an appropriate method and its application to a specific site probably requires some knowledge of the spacing and length (or density) of fractures, their orientation and their hydraulic conductivity. Some of this information will undoubtedly come from geologic mapping on surface and in excavations, as well as from boreholes, cores and laboratory tests. However, it will be necessary to detect and characterize fractures in the rock mass between these direct observations. The remote detection and characterization of fractures by geophysical methods is, therefore, of considerable interest in connection with geologic repositories. The purpose of this paper is to show that there is a relationship, both empirical and theoretical, between the measured seismic response, the mechanical stiffness of fractures and their hydraulic conductivity. Laboratory measurements of the mechanical stiffness, hydraulic conductivity and seismic properties of natural fractures are summarized. A theoretical model for the amplitude and group time delay for compressional and shear waves transmitted across a single fracture is presented. Predictions based on this model are compared with laboratory measurements. Finally, the results for a single fracture are extended to multiple parallel fractures

  14. Hydraulic properties of fracture networks

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    Fractured medium are studied in the general framework of oil and water supply and more recently for the underground storage of high level nuclear wastes. As fractures are generally far more permeable than the embedding medium, flow is highly channeled in a complex network of fractures. The complexity of the network comes from the broad distributions of fracture length and permeability at the fracture scale and appears through the increase of the equivalent permeability at the network scale. The goal of this thesis is to develop models of fracture networks consistent with both local-scale and global-scale observations. Bidimensional models of fracture networks display a wide variety of flow structures ranging from the sole permeable fracture to the equivalent homogeneous medium. The type of the relevant structure depends not only on the density and the length and aperture distributions but also on the observation scale. In several models, a crossover scale separates complex structures highly channeled from more distributed and homogeneous-like flow patterns at larger scales. These models, built on local characteristics and validated by global properties, have been settled in steady state. They have also been compared to natural well test data obtained in Ploemeur (Morbihan) in transient state. The good agreement between models and data reinforces the relevance of the models. Once validated and calibrated, the models are used to estimate the global tendencies of the main flow properties and the risk associated with the relative lack of data on natural fractures media. (author)

  15. Closed Spaces in Cosmology

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    Fagundes, Helio V

    2008-01-01

    This paper deals with two aspects of relativistic cosmologies with closed (compact and boundless) spatial sections. These spacetimes are based on the theory of General Relativity, and admit a foliation into space sections, which are spacelike hypersurfaces satisfying the postulate of the closure of space: each is a 3-dimensional closed Riemannian manifold. The discussed topics are: (1) A comparison, previously obtained, between Thurston's geometries and Bianchi-Kantowski-Sachs metrics for such 3-manifolds is here clarified and developed. (2) Some implications of global inhomogeneity for locally homogeneous 3-spaces of constant curvature are analyzed from an observational viewpoint.

  16. INFERIOR FRACTURE DISLOCATION OF THE SHOULDER IN A FOUR YEAR OLD GIRL: REPORT OF A RARE CASE

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    Chidanand; Avinash; Prakashappa

    2014-01-01

    Fracture-dislocations of the shoulder are extremely rare in children. We report a case of inferior fracture-dislocation of the proximal humeral epiphysis in a 4-year-old girl. A Pubmed search did not reveal such a dislocation in children less than five years of age. Closed reduction is not always possible when there is a significant displacement or soft tissue interposition. The inferior fracture-dislocation was successfully treated by an open reduction and Kirschner wire fixation

  17. Experimental measurement of double-K fracture parameters of concrete with small-size aggregates

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    ZHANG Xiufang; XU Shilang; ZHENG Shuang

    2007-01-01

    The double-K fracture model can well describe the development of cracks undergoing during the entire fracture process in concrete.Therefore,it has been selected as the theoretical basis of the"Norm for fracture test of hydraulic concrete" (China) and the double-K fracture parameters proposed in this model are regarded as the essential fracture parameters needed to be measured.Therefore,the primary objection of this paper is to present an overall report on the determination of the double-K fracture parameters of concrete involving the fundamental theory,calculation formulas,experimental arrangement and identification of initial cracking load in order to provide a reference for the specification committee.The fracture tests are carried out on the total of 43 concrete specimens where the small-size aggregates with the maximum size of 10 mm are chosen.Two typical widelyused geometries,I.e.three-points bending beam and wedge splitting specimen are adopted.The initial cracking load is determined by means of graph method or electrical resistance strain gauge method.Then,the initial fracture toughness and unstable fracture toughness are measured.It is found that the ratio of initial cracking load to maximum load is 0.67-0.71 and the ratio of initial fracture toughness to unstable fracture toughness is 0.45-0.50.It is also found that,for the initial fracture toughness and unstable fracture toughness,the values are approximately close to the constants when the depth of specimens is larger than 200 and 400 mm for three-points bending beams and wedge splitting specimens respectively.Besides,the critical crack tip opening displacement of each specimen is calculated,too.The big difference between two geometries is noticed.

  18. Femoral shaft fractures

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    The femur is the longest, largest, and strongest bone in the body. Because of its length, width, and role as primary weight-bearing bone, it must tolerate the extremes of axial loading and angulatory stresses. Massive musculature envelopes the femur. This masculature provides abundant blood supply to the bone, which also allows great potential for healing. Thus, the most significant problem relating to femoral shaft fractures is not healing, but restoration of bone length and alignment so that the femoral shaft will tolerate the functional stresses demanded of it

  19. [Rehabilitation after periprosthetic fractures].

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    Schmitt-Sody, M; Valle, C

    2016-03-01

    Periprosthetic fractures of the upper and lower extremities not only represent a challenge for surgeons but also for the rehabilitation team. The sometimes multimorbid patients have often undergone several surgical operations and need special planning and cooperation between an interdisciplinary team in order to achieve the best possible functional result and social reintegration. A structured rehabilitation planning after surgical treatment is a prerequisite for the patient to return to life as normal as possible. The aim is always rapid mobilization to achieve independence in activities of daily living. Special attention should be paid to postoperative immobilization and weight bearing. PMID:26923872

  20. Pd Close Coupled Catalyst

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    Zhong Hua SHI; Mao Chu GONG; Yao Qiang CHEN

    2006-01-01

    A catalyst comprised novel high surface area alumina support was prepared to control emission of automobiles. The results showed that prepared catalyst could satisfy the requirements of a high performance close coupled catalyst for its good catalytic activity at low temperature and good stability at high temperature.

  1. Elastic robust intramedullary nailing for forearm fracture in children

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    Wasem, Jürgen

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Forearm fractures are the most common fractures in children (23% of all fractures. Basically there are two treatment options available for diaphyseal forearm fractures in children: closed reduction with cast immobilisation (conservative therapy and the elastic stable intramedullary nailing (ESIN. Treatment decision is influenced by the doctor's estimation of fracture instability. Stable fractures can be treated conservatively whereas instable forearm shaft fractures can be treated according the following three treatment strategies: 1. conservative therapy in an outpatient setting 2. conservative therapy in the operating room in attendance to change to ESIN in case that no stabilisation can be achieved with cast immobilisation 3. immediate treatment with ESIN in the operating room. Objectives: Aim of this Health Technology Assessment (HTA report is to assess and report the published evidence concerning effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of ESIN as a treatment option for diaphyseal forearm fractures in children and to identify future research need. Important parameters for the assessment of effectiveness are objective parameters (axis deviation, losses of motion, and numbers of reductions in case of redislocations and subjective parameters (pain or impairment in quality of life. Furthermore, a health economic evaluation shall be done which refers to the costs of the different therapy strategies. Methods: An extensive, systematic literature search in medical, economic, and HTA literature databases was performed. Relevant data were extracted and synthesised. Results: Three cohort studies and seven case series have been identified. Controlled clinical studies, systematic reviews and/or HTA reports that gave evidence to answer the own study question have not been found. The identified studies partly differed in respect of defined indication for ESIN, study population and treatment strategies. For that reason comparability of results was

  2. On closed weak supplemented modules

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    ZENG Qing-yi; SHI Mei-hua

    2006-01-01

    A module M is called closed weak supplemented if for any closed submodule N of M, there is a submodule K of M such that M=K+N and K(c)N<<M. Any direct summand of closed weak supplemented module is also closed weak supplemented.Any nonsingular image of closed weak supplemented module is closed weak supplemented. Nonsingular V-rings in which all nonsingular modules are closed weak supplemented are characterized in Section 4.

  3. Hydrologic behavior of fracture networks

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    This paper reviews recent research on the nature of flow and transport in discontinuous fracture networks. The hydrologic behavior of these networks has been examined using two- and three-dimensional numerical models. The numerical models represent random realizations of fracture networks based on statistical field measurements of fracture geometry and equivalent hydraulic aperture. We have compared the flux and mechanical transport behavior of these networks to the behavior of equivalent continua. In this way we are able to determine whether a given fracture network can be modeled as an equivalent porous media in both flux and advective transport studies. We have examined departures from porous media behavior both as a function of interconnectivity and heterogeneity. Parameter studies have revealed behavior patterns such as: given a fracture frequency that can be measured in the field, porous media like behavior and the magnitude of permeability are both enhanced if the fractures are longer and the standard deviation of fracture permeabilities is smaller. Transport studies have shown that the ratio between flux and velocity is not necessarily constant when the direction of flow is changed in systems which do behave like a porous media for flux. Thus the conditions under which porous media analysis can be used in transport studies are more restrictive than the condition for flux studies. We have examined systems which do not behave like porous media and have shown how the in situ behavior varies as a function of scale of observation. The behavior of well tests in fractured networks has been modeled and compared to a new analytical well test solution which accounts for the early time dominance of the fractures intersecting the well. Finally, a three-dimensional fracture flow model has been constructed which assumes fractures are randomly located discs. 13 references, 12 figures

  4. Fractures of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine

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    ... evaluate the spinal fracture pattern and decide whether spine surgery is needed. A CT scan taken from the ... the fracture falls through the disks of the spine, surgery should be performed to stabilize the fracture. AAOS ...

  5. Schizophrenia, antipsychotics and risk of hip fracture

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    Sørensen, Holger J; Jensen, Signe O W; Nielsen, Jimmi

    2013-01-01

    (matched to 1:3 to schizophrenia controls without hip fracture), antipsychotic polypharmacy predicted hip fracture. Analyses among antipsychotic monotherapy patients showed no differential effect of individual antipsychotics. A dose-response relationship of hip fracture and lifetime antipsychotics...

  6. Pseudopathologic fracture of the femoral neck

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    We have seen two cases of traumatic subcapital fractures of the femoral neck which resembled pathologic fractures on plain radiography. We have named this entity pseudopathologic fracture of the femoral neck and offer suggestions for why it occurs. (orig.)

  7. Image diagnosis of nasal bone fracture

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    Twenty cases of nasal bone fractures were evaluated as to the types of fractures based upon HRCT findings. Conventional X-Ray films for nasal bones were analyzed and compared with HRCT findings. Nasal bone fractures were classified into lateral and frontal fractures. HRCT images were evaluated in three planes including upper, middle and lower portions of the nasal bone. Fractures favored males of teens. Lateral fracture gave rise to the fractures of the nasal bone opposite to the external force, loosening of the ipsilateral nasomaxillary sutures and fractures of the frontal process of the maxilla. Conventional X-Ray films were reevaluated after HRCT evaluation and indications of nasal bone fractures were determined. In addition to the discontinuity of the nasal dorsum, fracture lines parallel to and beneath the nasal dorsum and indistinct fracture lines along the nasomaxillary sutures are the indication of nasal bone fractures by conventional X-Ray films. (author)

  8. External validation of the Garvan nomograms for predicting absolute fracture risk: the Tromso study.

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    Luai A Ahmed

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Absolute risk estimation is a preferred approach for assessing fracture risk and treatment decision making. This study aimed to evaluate and validate the predictive performance of the Garvan Fracture Risk Calculator in a Norwegian cohort. METHODS: The analysis included 1637 women and 1355 aged 60+ years from the Tromsø study. All incident fragility fractures between 2001 and 2009 were registered. The predicted probabilities of non-vertebral osteoporotic and hip fractures were determined using models with and without BMD. The discrimination and calibration of the models were assessed. Reclassification analysis was used to compare the models performance. RESULTS: The incidence of osteoporotic and hip fracture was 31.5 and 8.6 per 1000 population in women, respectively; in men the corresponding incidence was 12.2 and 5.1. The predicted 5-year and 10-year probability of fractures was consistently higher in the fracture group than the non-fracture group for all models. The 10-year predicted probabilities of hip fracture in those with fracture was 2.8 (women to 3.1 times (men higher than those without fracture. There was a close agreement between predicted and observed risk in both sexes and up to the fifth quintile. Among those in the highest quintile of risk, the models over-estimated the risk of fracture. Models with BMD performed better than models with body weight in correct classification of risk in individuals with and without fracture. The overall net decrease in reclassification of the model with weight compared to the model with BMD was 10.6% (p = 0.008 in women and 17.2% (p = 0.001 in men for osteoporotic fractures, and 13.3% (p = 0.07 in women and 17.5% (p = 0.09 in men for hip fracture. CONCLUSIONS: The Garvan Fracture Risk Calculator is valid and clinically useful in identifying individuals at high risk of fracture. The models with BMD performed better than those with body weight in fracture risk prediction.

  9. Management of periarticular fractures of long bones of the lower extremity by hybrid external fixation

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    Natarajan Mayil

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Background : Management of periarticular fractures is associated with many complications. Hybrid fixators allows for early partial weight bearing and range of motion exercises at adjoining joints. Furthermore, it promotes callous formation by continuous axial micro movements in the fixation frame. Methods : We have prospectively analyzed the results of hybrid external fixation in the management of periarticular fractures of long bones of the lower extremity in 20 patients accounting for 22 limbs. We treated 19 fractures (18 compound and 1 closed and three fracture nonunions with this method. The mean age of the patients was 36.5 years. In 12 patients hybrid fixation was the primary procedure while in 8 patients hybrid fixation was done following initial emergency AO Uniplanar external fixation. Fourteen patients required subsequent surgeries such as bone grafting and soft tissue cover. Results : The mean follow up of our patients was 13.2 months (5 - 25 months. We achieved excellent results in 10 fractures, good in 4 fractures, fair in 3 fractures and poor results in 3 fractures. Two patients were lost to follow up. Bony union was achieved in 18 of the fractures. A short-term acceptable result was achieved in 17 cases. Conclusion : Hybrid external fixation is a very effective and useful treatment modality in the management of fractures close to a joint providing excellent to good results. It combines the advantages of both Ilizarov and AO external fixators. It is minimally invasive, modular and yet efficient in promoting massive new proliferative callus formation at the fracture site.

  10. Fracture induced electromagnetic radiation

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    In our laboratory, we combine accurate electromagnetic radiation (EMR) measurements during fracture of rocks (carbonate and igneous) and transparent materials (glass, PMMA and glass ceramics) with careful fractographic methods. A critical analysis of experimental observations, accumulated here during the last decade together with supporting material from the works of other authors are used in this study to demonstrate the failure of all current models to explain the properties of EMR arising from fracture. The basic elements of a new model are proposed. These are (a) the EMR amplitude increases as long as the crack continues to grow, since new atomic bonds are severed and their contribution is added to the EMR. As a result, the atoms on both sides of the bonds are moved to 'non-equilibrium' positions relative to their steady state ones and begin to oscillate collectively in a manner similar to Debye model bulk oscillations - 'surface vibrational optical waves'; (b) when the crack halts, the waves and the EMR pulse amplitude decay by relaxation. These basic elements are already enough to describe the characteristics of the experimentally obtained isolated individual EMR pulses. These characteristics include the shape of the EMR pulse envelope, and the frequency, time duration and rise - fall time of the pulse

  11. CLINICAL OUTCOMES OF LOCKING COMPRESSION PLATE FIXATION THROUGH MINIMALLY INVASIVE PERCUTANEOUS PLATE OSTEOSYNTHESIS IN THE TREATMENT OF DISTAL TIBIAL FRACTURE

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    Venkateswara Rao; Venkatasesha Reddy; Anvesh

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Distal diametaphyseal tibia fracture though requires operative treatment is difficult to manage. Conventional osteosynthesis is not suitable because distal tibia is subcutaneous bone with poor vascularity. Closed reduction and minimally invasive percutaneous plate osteosynthes is with locking compression plate (LCP) has emerged as an alternative treatment option because it respects biology of distal tibia and fracture hematoma and also provides biomechan...

  12. Subtrochanteric hip fractures treated with cerclage cables and long cephalomedullary nails: a review of 17 consecutive cases over 2 years.

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    Kennedy, Muiris T

    2011-11-01

    The conflict between the anatomist and biologist surgeons is exemplified by the debate about subtrochanteric hip fractures. Closed intramedullary nailing is biologically friendly but may result in prolonged procedures and malunion. By contrast, accurate anatomical open reduction may disturb the biological composition of the fracture environment.

  13. Transverse Fracture of the Stapes Anterior Crus Caused by the Blast Pressure from a Land Mine Explosion

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    Hong, Seok Min; Lee, Jun Ho; Park, Chan Hum; Kim, Hyung-Jong

    2014-01-01

    Stapes fractures without other ossicle problems are rare and ossicle problems due to explosion pressure are also rare. We describe a very rare case of stapes anterior crural fracture resulting from a land mine explosion. As this case suggests, a close examination of the ossicles is necessary during an exploration tympanotomy.

  14. Measurements of residual stress in fracture mechanics coupons

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    Prime, Michael B [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Hill, Michael R [U.C. DAVIS; Nav Dalen, John E [HILL ENGINEERING

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes measurements of residual stress in coupons used for fracture mechanics testing. The primary objective of the measurements is to quantify the distribution of residual stress acting to open (and/or close) the crack across the crack plane. The slitting method and the contour method are two destructive residual stress measurement methods particularly capable of addressing that objective, and these were applied to measure residual stress in a set of identically prepared compact tension (C(T)) coupons. Comparison of the results of the two measurement methods provides some useful observations. Results from fracture mechanics tests of residual stress bearing coupons and fracture analysis, based on linear superposition of applied and residual stresses, show consistent behavior of coupons having various levels of residual stress.

  15. Paediatric biepicondylar elbow fracture dislocation - a case report

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    Miller David

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Paediatric elbow biepicondylar fracture dislocations are very rare injuries and have been only published in two independent case reviews. We report a case of 13 years old boy, who sustained this unusual injury after a fall on outstretched hand resulting in an unstable elbow fracture dislocation. Closed reduction was performed followed by delayed ORIF (Open Reduction and Internal Fixation with K wires. Final follow-up at 14 weeks revealed a stable elbow and satisfactory function with full supination-pronation, range of motion from 0°-120° of flexion and normal muscle strength. This type of injury needs operative treatment and fixation to restore stability and return to normal or near normal elbow function. The method of fixation (screws or K wires may depend on size and number of fracture fragments.

  16. Retrograde nailing for distal femur fractures in the elderly

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    Giddie Jasdeep

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: We report the results of treating a series of 56 fractures in 54 elderly patients with a distal femur fracture with a retrograde femoral nail. Methods: Fifty-four of the nails were inserted percutaneously with a closed reduction. After surgery all patients were allowed to weight bear as tolerated. Four fractures were supported in a temporary external splint. Results: The mean age of patients was 80.6 years (range 51–103 years, 52/54 (96% were females. There were no cases of nail related complications and no re-operations were required. One patient was lost to follow up. The 30-day mortality was 5/54 (9.3% and the one year mortality was 17/54 (31.5%. Conclusions: Distal femoral nail fixation provides a good method of fixation allowing immediate mobilisation for this group of patients.

  17. Transverse Stress Fracture of the Proximal Patella

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    ATSUMI, SATORU; Arai, Yuji; Kato, Ko; Nishimura, Akinobu; Nakazora, Shigeto; Nakagawa, Shuji; Ikoma, Kazuya; Fujiwara, Hiroyoshi; Sudo, Akihiro; Kubo, Toshikazu

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Among stress fractures associated with sports activities, patellar stress fracture is rare. Regarding patella stress fractures, so far only distal transverse or lateral longitudinal fractures have been reported, but there are no reports of transverse fractures occurring in the proximal patella. We describe an extremely rare case of transverse stress fracture of proximal patella in a 9-year-old athlete. A 9-year old boy, who participated in sports (sprints and Kendo) presented with le...

  18. Mechanical properties of fracture zones

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    Available data on mechanical characteristics of fracture zones are compiled and discussed. The aim is to improve the basis for adequate representation of fracture zones in geomechanical models. The sources of data researched are primarily borehole investigations and case studies in rock engineering, involving observations of fracture zones subjected to artificial load change. Boreholes only yield local information about the components of fracture zones, i.e. intact rock, fractures and various low-strength materials. Difficulties are therefore encountered in evaluating morphological and mechanical properties of fracture zones from borehole data. Although often thought of as macroscopically planar features, available field data consistently show that fracture zones are characterized by geometrical irregularities such as thickness variations, surface undulation and jogs. These irregularities prevail on all scales. As a result, fracture zones are on all scales characterized by large, in-plane variation of strength- and deformational properties. This has important mechanical consequences in terms of non-uniform stress transfer and complex mechanisms of shear deformation. Field evidence for these findings, in particular results from the underground research laboratory in Canada and from studies of induced fault slip in deep mines, is summarized and discussed. 79 refs

  19. Mathematical modelling of fracture hydrology

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    This report summarises the work performed between January 1983 and December 1984 for the CEC/DOE contract 'Mathematical Modelling of Fracture Hydrology', under the following headings: 1) Statistical fracture network modelling, 2) Continuum models of flow and transport, 3) Simplified models, 4) Analysis of laboratory experiments and 5) Analysis of field experiments. (author)

  20. Multiple fractures in early infancy

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    Two cases of multiple fractures, one in a newborn with an unclassified bone dysplasia, another in an infant with recurrent fits of unknown etiology are reported. The second case is the youngest in the literature with bilateral slipped capital femoral epiphyses and bilateral femoral neck fractures, secondary to stress injury. (orig.)