Sample records for healing ankle fracture

  1. Vitamin D in Foot and Ankle Fracture Healing: A Literature Review and Research Design.

    Bernhard, Andrew; Matuk, Jorge


    Vitamin D is a generic name for a group of essential vitamins, or secosteroids, important in calcium homeostasis and bone metabolism. Specifically, efficacy of vitamin D with regard to bone healing is in question. A literature review was performed, finding mostly large studies involving vitamin D effects on prevention of fractures and randomized animal model studies consisting of controlled fractures with vitamin D interventions. The prevention articles generally focus on at-risk populations, including menopausal women and osteoporotic patients, and also most often include calcium in the treatment group. Few studies look at vitamin D specifically. The animal model studies often focus more on vitamin D supplementation; however the results are still largely inconclusive. While recent case reports appear promising, the ambiguity of results on the topic of fracture healing suggests a need for more, higher level research. A novel study design is proposed to help determine the efficacy on vitamin D in fracture healing. Therapeutic, Level IV: Systematic Review. © 2015 The Author(s).

  2. Compression therapy after ankle fracture surgery

    Winge, R; Bayer, L; Gottlieb, H


    PURPOSE: The main purpose of this systematic review was to investigate the effect of compression treatment on the perioperative course of ankle fractures and describe its effect on edema, pain, ankle joint mobility, wound healing complication, length of stay (LOS) and time to surgery (TTS). The aim...... undergoing surgery, testing either intermittent pneumatic compression, compression bandage and/or compression stocking and reporting its effect on edema, pain, ankle joint mobility, wound healing complication, LOS and TTS. To conclude on data a narrative synthesis was performed. RESULTS: The review included...... eight studies (451 patients). Seven studies found a significant effect on edema, two studies described a significant reduction in pain, one a positive effect on ankle movement, two a positive effect on wound healing, one a reduction in LOS and finally two studies reported reduction in TTS. A systematic...

  3. Treatment of Unstable Ankle Fractures

    Yaniel Truffín Rodríguez


    Full Text Available Patients with unstable ankle fractures frequently attend the emergency rooms. It is estimated that there are 122 ankle fractures per 100 000 people a year. Surgical treatment of those that are unstable is inevitable since they can not be corrected in a conservative way. Several surgical procedures for repair of such lesions have been described and all of them constitute important tools for the orthopedic surgeon. Therefore, we conducted a literature review to discuss the current management of unstable ankle fractures based on the analysis of the published literature and the experiences in the Dr. Gustavo Aldereguía Lima University General Hospital of Cienfuegos.

  4. Possible factors for ankle fractures

    Tabaković Dejan


    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Classification of ankle fractures is commonly used for selecting an appropriate treatment and prognosing an outcome of definite management. One of the most used classifications is the Danis-Weber classification. To the best of our knowledge, in the available literature, there are no parameters affecting specific types of ankle fractures according to the Danis-Weber classification. The aim of this study was to analyze the correlation of the following parameters: age, body weight, body mass index (BMI, height, osteoporosis, osteopenia and physical exercises with specific types of ankle fractures using the Danis-Weber classification. Methods. A total of 85 patients grouped by the Danis-Weber classification fracture types were analyzed and the significance of certain parameters for specific types of ankle fractures was established. Results. The proportion of females was significantly higher (p < 0.001 with a significantly higher age (59.9 years, SD ± 14.2 in relation to males (45.1 years, SD ± 12.8 (p < 0.0001. Type A fracture was most frequent in the younger patients (34.2 years, SD ± 8.6, and those with increased physical exercises (p = 0.020. In type B fracture, the risk factor was osteoporosis (p = 0.0180, while in type C fracture, body weight (p = 0.017 and osteoporosis (p = 0.004 were significant parameters. Conclusion. Statistical analysis using the Danis-Weber classification reveals that there are certain parameters suggesting significant risk factors for specific types of ankle fractures.

  5. Maisonneuve-hyperplantarflexion variant ankle fracture.

    Hinds, Richard M; Tran, Wesley H; Lorich, Dean G


    Maisonneuve fractures are rare ankle injuries, accounting for up to 7% of all ankle fractures. They consist of a proximal third fibula fracture, syndesmotic disruption, and medial ankle injury (either a deltoid ligament disruption or a medial malleolus fracture), and are often successfully managed with nonoperative treatment of the proximal fibula fracture and open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of the medial ankle injury and syndesmotic disruption. The hyperplantarflexion variant ankle fracture comprises approximately 7% of all ankle fractures and features dual posterior tibial lip fractures featuring a posterolateral fragment and a posteromedial fragment. Good functional results have been reported in the literature after ORIF of both the posterolateral and posteromedial fragments of this variant fracture that is not described by the Lauge-Hansen classification. In this report, the authors present the unique case of an isolated ankle fracture demonstrating characteristics of both a Maisonneuve fracture and a hyperplantarflexion variant ankle fracture. They also highlight the diagnostic imaging characteristics, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and preoperative radiograph findings, surgical treatment, and postoperative clinical outcome for this patient with a Maisonneuve-hyperplantarflexion variant ankle fracture. To the authors' knowledge, this unique fracture pattern has not been reported previously in the literature. The authors conclude that although good results were seen postoperatively in this case, the importance of ORIF of both the posteromedial and posterolateral fragments of variant fractures cannot be overstated. They also found MRI to be a particularly helpful adjunct in formulating the correct diagnosis and treatment plan.

  6. Ankle fracture - aftercare

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  7. Multicenter follow-up study of ankle fracture surgery

    XU Hai-lin; WANG Gang; WANG Guang-lin; WU Xin-bao; LIU Li-min; LI Xuan; ZHANG Dian-ying; FU Zhong-guo; WANG Tian-bing; ZHANG Pei-xun; JIANG Bao-guo; SHEN Hui-liang


    Background Few data on ankle fractures in China from large multicenter epidemiological and clinical studies are available.The aim of this research was to evaluate the epidemiological features and surgical outcomes of ankle fractures by reviewing 235 patients who underwent ankle fracture surgery at five hospitals in China.Methods This study included patients who underwent ankle fracture surgery at five Chinese hospitals from January 2000 to July 2009.Age,gender,mechanism of injury,Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesefragen (AO) fracture type,fracture pattern,length of hospital stay and treatment outcome were recorded.Statistical analyses were conducted using SPSS software.The American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) ankle-hindfoot scale,visual analogue scale (VAS),and arthritis scale were used to evaluate outcome.Results Of 235 patients with ankle fractures,105 were male with an average age of 37.8 years and 130 were female with an average age of 47.3 years.The average follow-up period was 55.7 months.There were significant differences in the ratios of patients in different age groups between males and females,and in mechanisms of injury among different age groups.There were also significant differences in the length of hospital stay among different fracture types and mechanisms of injury.In healed fractures,the average AOFAS ankle-hindfoot score was 95.5,with an excellence rate of 99.6%,the average VAS score was 0.17,and the average arthritis score was 0.18.Movement of the injured ankle was significantly different to that of the uninjured ankle.There were no significant differences between AO fracture types,fracture patterns or follow-up periods and AOFAS score,but there were some significant differences between these parameters and ankle joint movements,pain VAS score and arthritis score.Conclusions Ankle fractures occur most commonly in middle-aged and young males aged 20-39 years and in elderly females aged 50-69 years.The most common mechanisms of

  8. Current concepts review: ankle fractures.

    Arastu, M H; Demcoe, R; Buckley, R E


    Ankle fractures are common injuries that require meticulous technique in order to optimise outcome. The Lauge-Hansen and Danis-Weber classifications in addition to careful evaluation of the injury mechanism can help guide treatment but surgeons must be aware that there are injury patterns that will not always fit the afore mentioned patterns. The principles of atraumatic soft tissue handling, rigid internal fixation and early range of motion exercises are critical for successfully treating these injuries. There are still areas of treatment uncertainty and future directed research is needed in order to address some of these questions.

  9. Prospective study of ankle and foot fractures in elderly women

    Yadagiri Surender Rao


    Full Text Available The epidemiology of ankle fractures in old people is changing as time passes on. The incidence of ankle fractures increases with advancing age. The study conducted was among a rural popula-tion which comprised of 68 women (32 women with ankle fractures & 36 women with foot fractures. Patients studied were in the age group more than 50 years. The study highlights the etiological & risk factors for fractures of ankle & foot. The commonest ankle fracture was the lateral malleolar fracture & the commonest foot fracture was the 5th Metatarsal fracture. Diabetes is a risk factor which increases the occurrence of ankle and foot injuries.

  10. CT examinations of healing fractures

    Nutz, V.; Uexkuell-Gueldenband, V. v.


    The CT appearances of healing fractures were studied following tibial osteotomy in a dog. Traditional radiological investigations and CT were carried out until healing was complete; CT showed callus on the ninth day, whereas radiographs only showed it after 19 days. After 32 days, callus filled nearly the entire medullary cavity. Similar observations were made in several human situations. CT demonstrates interposed material in the fracture very clearly, even if there is marked callus formation within the fracture.

  11. Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle in Athletes

    Mayer, Stephanie W.; Joyner, Patrick W.; Almekinders, Louis C.; Parekh, Selene G.


    Context: Stress fractures of the foot and ankle are a common problem encountered by athletes of all levels and ages. These injuries can be difficult to diagnose and may be initially evaluated by all levels of medical personnel. Clinical suspicion should be raised with certain history and physical examination findings. Evidence Acquisition: Scientific and review articles were searched through PubMed (1930-2012) with search terms including stress fractures and 1 of the following: foot ankle, medial malleolus, lateral malleolus, calcaneus, talus, metatarsal, cuboid, cuneiform, sesamoid, or athlete. Study Design: Clinical review. Level of Evidence: Level 5. Results: Stress fractures of the foot and ankle can be divided into low and high risk based upon their propensity to heal without complication. A wide variety of nonoperative strategies are employed based on the duration of symptoms, type of fracture, and patient factors, such as activity type, desire to return to sport, and compliance. Operative management has proven superior in several high-risk types of stress fractures. Evidence on pharmacotherapy and physiologic therapy such as bone stimulators is evolving. Conclusion: A high index of suspicion for stress fractures is appropriate in many high-risk groups of athletes with lower extremity pain. Proper and timely work-up and treatment is successful in returning these athletes to sport in many cases. Low-risk stress fracture generally requires only activity modification while high-risk stress fracture necessitates more aggressive intervention. The specific treatment of these injuries varies with the location of the stress fracture and the goals of the patient. PMID:25364480

  12. Ankle Fractures Often Not Diagnosed

    ... injuries. Telltale signs of a fracture include bruising, blisters, significant swelling or bone protruding through the skin. ... for stability. She also advises buying from small shoe stores that have certified orthotists who work with ...

  13. Arthroscopic reduction and fibula nailing in high-risk diabetic ankle fractures: case reviews and technical tip.

    Thevendran, Gowreeson; Younger, Alastair


    The management of diabetic ankle fractures is difficult given the associated wound and bone healing complications. Even with meticulous soft tissue handling and a stable construct, the fixation sometimes fails because of the poor biological environment. This study reports on 2 cases of Weber type B ankle fractures in patients with diabetes mellitus where the authors elected to treat with arthroscopy-assisted fracture reduction and percutaneous fibula nailing to reduce the risk of wound complications.

  14. Primary ankle arthrodesis for neglected open weber B ankle fracture dislocation.

    Thomason, Katherine


    Primary ankle arthrodesis used to treat a neglected open ankle fracture dislocation is a unique decision. A 63-year-old man presented to the emergency department with a 5-day-old open fracture dislocation of his right ankle. After thorough soft tissue debridement, primary arthrodesis of the tibiotalar joint was performed using initial Kirschner wire fixation and an external fixator. Definitive soft tissue coverage was later achieved using a latissimus dorsi free flap. The fusion was consolidated to salvage the limb from amputation. The use of primary arthrodesis to treat a compound ankle fracture dislocation has not been previously described.

  15. Dislocated ankle fracture complicated by near total distal ischaemia

    Duygun, Fatih; Sertkaya, Omer; Aldemir, Cengiz; Dogan, Ali


    Total arterial ischaemia is rarely seen following a dislocated ankle fracture but if it does and intervention is not made, it can lead to serious morbidity. We present a 39-year-old woman with almost total occlusion in the arteria tibialis and arteria dorsalis pedis following a dislocated ankle fracture as a result of a bicycle fall. PMID:24248319

  16. The healing of fractured bones

    Bacon, G.E. [Central Electricity Generating Board, Cheltenham (United Kingdom)


    A method utilising neutron beams of width 1 mm, used on D1B (2.4 A) and D20 (1.3 A) to study the healing of fractured bones is presented. It is found that the callus bone uniting the fractured tibia of a sheep, whose healing had been encouraged by daily mechanical vibration over a period of three months, showed no trace of the large preferential vertical orientation of the apatite crystals which is characteristic of the normal bone. Nevertheless the bone had regained about 60% of its mechanical strength and the callus bone, although not oriented, was well crystallized. It is considered that the new monochromator for D20, expected to give increased intensity at 2.5 A, will be of considerable advantage. (author). 2 refs.

  17. Early intra-articular complement activation in ankle fractures

    Schmal, Hagen; Salzmann, Gian M; Niemeyer, Philipp;


    osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the ankle. All fractures needed external fixation during which joint effusions were collected. Fluid analysis was done by ELISA measuring aggrecan, bFGF, IL-1 β, IGF-1, and the complement components C3a, C5a, and C5b-9. The time periods between occurrence of fracture...... and OCD patients, bFGF, IGF-1, and all complement components were significantly higher concentrated in ankle joints with fractures (P Complement activation and inflammatory cell infiltration characterize the joint biology following acute ankle fractures....

  18. Talar Osteochondroma Fracture Presenting as Posterior Ankle Impingement.

    Ercin, Ersin; Bilgili, Mustafa Gokhan; Gamsizkan, Mehmet; Avsar, Serdar


    Osteochondromas are the most common benign bone tumors. They are usually asymptomatic and found incidentally. When symptomatic, the symptoms are usually due to its location and size. Fracture of an osteochondroma presenting as posterior ankle impingement is a rare condition. We describe a 22-year-old man with solitary exostosis who presented with a posterior ankle mass and posterior ankle impingement with 2 years of follow-up. Surgical intervention was the treatment of choice in this patient, and histologic examination revealed a benign osteochondroma. Osteochondromas found in the posterior aspect of the talus can be complicated by fracture due to persistent motion of the ankle. Talar osteochondroma should be included in the differential diagnosis of posterior ankle impingement causes. Posterior talar osteochondromas, especially when a stalk is present, should be treated surgically before it is more complicated by a fracture and posterior ankle impingement.

  19. Early Intra-Articular Complement Activation in Ankle Fractures

    Hagen Schmal


    Full Text Available Cytokine regulation possibly influences long term outcome following ankle fractures, but little is known about synovial fracture biochemistry. Eight patients with an ankle dislocation fracture were included in a prospective case series and matched with patients suffering from grade 2 osteochondritis dissecans (OCD of the ankle. All fractures needed external fixation during which joint effusions were collected. Fluid analysis was done by ELISA measuring aggrecan, bFGF, IL-1β, IGF-1, and the complement components C3a, C5a, and C5b-9. The time periods between occurrence of fracture and collection of effusion were only significantly associated with synovial aggrecan and C5b-9 levels (P<0.001. Furthermore, synovial expressions of both proteins correlated with each other (P<0.001. Although IL-1β expression was relatively low, intra-articular levels correlated with C5a (P<0.01 and serological C-reactive protein concentrations 2 days after surgery (P<0.05. Joint effusions were initially dominated by neutrophils, but the portion of monocytes constantly increased reaching 50% at day 6 after fracture (P<0.02. Whereas aggrecan and IL-1β concentrations were not different in fracture and OCD patients, bFGF, IGF-1, and all complement components were significantly higher concentrated in ankle joints with fractures (P<0.01. Complement activation and inflammatory cell infiltration characterize the joint biology following acute ankle fractures.

  20. Internal Fixation of Open Ankle Fracture. Report of Two Cases

    Yaniel Truffin Rodríguez


    Full Text Available Open ankle fracture is sporadically seen in the orthopedic practice. Its clinical course is subject to multiple factors, showing a propensity to cause ankle osteoarthritis over the years. Two cases treated at the Dr. Gustavo Aldereguía Lima University General Hospital in Cienfuegos are presented. The patients underwent emergency surgical treatment consisting of surgical cleaning of the open wound, reduction of the dislocation and internal fixation of the fracture. These cases are presented due to the infrequency of this type of ankle injury and its importance for the medical staff, especially orthopedic doctors.

  1. An Irreducible Ankle Fracture Dislocation: The Bosworth Injury

    T. Schepers (Tim); T. Hagenaars (Tjebbe); D. den Hartog (Dennis)


    textabstractIrreducible fracture dislocations of the ankle are rare and represent true orthopedic emergencies. We present a case of a fracture dislocation that was irreducible owing to a fixed dislocation of the proximal fibular fragment posterior to the lateral ridge of the tibia. This particular t

  2. Impaired Fracture Healing after Hemorrhagic Shock

    Philipp Lichte


    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.

  3. Epidemiologic study of ankle fractures in a tertiary hospital.

    Sakaki, Marcos Hideyo; Matsumura, Bruno Akio Rodrigues; Dotta, Thiago De Angelis Guerra; Pontin, Pedro Augusto; Dos Santos, Alexandre Leme Godoy; Fernandes, Tulio Diniz


    To evaluate the epidemiology of ankle fractures surgically treated at the Instituto de Ortopedia e Traumatologia do Hospital das Clínicas da Universidade de São Paulo. Medical records of patients admitted with foot and ankle fractures between 2006 and 2011 were revised. Seventy three ankle fractures that underwent surgical treatment were identified. The parameters analyzed included age, gender, injured side, AO and Gustilo & Anderson classification, associated injuries, exposure, need to urgent treatment, time to definitive treatment and early post-operative complications. retrospective epidemiological study. Male gender was predominant among subjects and the mean age was 27.5 years old. Thirty nine fractures resulted from traffic accidents and type B fracture according to AO classification was the most common. Twenty one were open fractures and 22 patients had associated injuries. The average time to definitive treatment was 6.5 days. Early post-operative complications were found in 21.3% of patients. Ankle fractures treated in a tertiary hospital of a large city in Brazil affect young people victims of high-energy accidents and present significant rates of associated injuries and post-operative complications. Level of Evidence IV, Cases Series.

  4. Supination external rotation ankle fractures A simpler pattern with better outcomes

    Nirmal C Tejwani


    Full Text Available Background: Rotational injuries are the most common and usually classified as per the Lauge Hansen classification; with the most common subgroup being the supination external rotation (SER mechanism. Isolated fractures of the distal fibula (SE2 without associated ligamentous injury are usually treated with a splint or brace and the patient may be allowed to weight bear as tolerated. This study reports the functional outcomes following a stable, low energy, rotational ankle fracture supination external rotation (SER2 when compared to unstable SER4 fractures treated operatively. Materials and Methods: 64 patients who were diagnosed and treated nonoperatively for a stable SER2 ankle fracture were followed prospectively. In the comparison group, 93 operatively treated fibular fractures were extracted from a prospectively collected database and evaluated comparison. Baseline characteristics obtained by trained interviewers at the time of injury included: Patient demographics, short form-36, short musculoskeletal functional assessment (SMFA and American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS questionnaires. Patients were followed at 3, 6 and 12 months postsurgery. Additional information obtained at each followup point included any complications or evidence on fracture healing. Data were analyzed by the Student′s t-test and theFisher′s Exact Test to compare demographic and functional outcomes between the two cohorts. P < 0.05 was considered to be significant. Results: The average of patients′ age in the stable fracture cohort was 43 versus 45 in the SER4 group. Nearly 64% of the patient population was female when compared with 37% in the operative group. In the SER2 by 6 months all patients had returned to baseline functional status. There were 18 delayed unions (all healed by 6 months. Based on the functional outcome scores all patients had returned to preoperative level. In comparison, SE4 patients had less functional recovery at 3 and 6

  5. Management of impaired fracture healing: Historical aspects

    Gajdobranski Đorđe


    Full Text Available Introduction Establishing continuity of long bones in cases of impaired bone healing and pseudo-arthrosis is one of the most complex problems in orthopedics. Impaired bone healing The problem of impaired fracture healing is not new. As in other areas of human life, the roots of modern treatment of impaired bone healing lie in ancient medicine. A relatively high percentage of impaired bone healing, as well as unsatisfactory results of standard therapies of impaired bone healing and pseudoarthrosis demonstrate the actuality of this problem. This paper represents an attempt to pay respect to some of those who have dedicated their work to this problem in orthopedic surgery, and it is a historical review on impaired bone fracture healing. At the same time it should be an additional stimulus and challenge for orthopedic surgeons to further study impaired bone fracture healing, improve the existing and find new methods for their adequate treatment. Conclusion The authors are certain that the number of researchers throughout the world who have contributed to treatment modalities of impaired bone healing, is much higher, but not all are mentioned in this paper. However, it does not lessen their contributions to orthopedics.

  6. Foot and ankle fractures at the supination line

    T. Schepers (Tim); E.M. van Schie- van der Weert; M.R. de Vries (Mark); M. van der Elst (Maarten)


    textabstractBackground: The supination line is a fictive line along the foot and ankle, on which over twenty fracture types and approximately ten different ligamentous sprain-injuries have been identified. Objective: The current study was conducted to evaluate the incidence of different types of

  7. A Rare Fracture That Ottawa Ankle Rules are Insufficient: Isolated Posterior Malleolar Fracture

    Bulent Karslioglu


    Full Text Available Isolated fracture of the posterior malleolus is rare. A 23 year- old male patient admitted to our emergency department suffering from ankle pain after fall. Computed tomography revealed fracture line at posterior malleolus. As well as it encompasses less than 25% of the joint surface, conservative treatment planned and below-knee cast was applied. Physical therapy was started at six week later. Due to different mechanism of occurrence it is hard to diagnose isolated posterior malleolus fracture by means of Ottawa ankle rules. Thus when clinical manifestation is incompatible with radiologic appearance, diagnose of isolated posterior malleolus fracture should be kept in mind.

  8. An Unusual Ankle Injury: The Bosworth-Pilon Fracture.

    Peterson, Nicholas D; Shah, Feisal; Narayan, Badri


    The Bosworth injury occurs when the distal fibula becomes entrapped posterior to the posterior tibial tubercle, usually as a result of a supination external rotation injury. This uncommon occurrence is a recognized cause of an irreducible ankle dislocation. A pilon fracture is usually a high-energy injury caused by the talus being driven upward into the tibial plafond. The resulting bone and soft tissue injuries often require a staged approach to management. The present report is the first in the medical data to describe a Bosworth injury complicating a pilon fracture. We also discuss a management approach for this rare fracture.

  9. Screening Characteristics of Ultrasonography in Detection of Ankle Fractures

    Majid Shojaee


    Full Text Available Introduction: Ankle fracture is one of the most common joint fractures. X-ray and physical examination are itsmain methods of diagnosis. Recently, ultrasonography (US is considered as a simple and non-invasive methodof fracture diagnosis. This study evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of US in detection of ankle fracture in comparisonto plain radiography. Methods: In this diagnostic accuracy study, which was done in emergency departmentsof Imam Hossein and Shohadaye Tajrish hospitals, Tehran, Iran, during 2014, 141 patients with suspecteddiagnosis of distal leg or ankle fracture were examined by US and radiography (gold standard, independently.Screening performance characteristics of US in detection of distal leg fractures were calculated using SPSS version21. Results: 141 patients with the mean age of 34§11.52 years (range: 15–50 were evaluated (75.9% male.Radiography confirmed ankle fracture in 102 (72.3% patients. There was a significant correlation between theresults of US and radiography [Agreement: 95%; kappa: 0.88 (95% CI: 0.80–0.97; P Ç 0.001]. The screening performancecharacteristics of US in detection ankle fracture were as follows: sensitivity 98.9% (95% CI: 93.5% -99.9%, specificity 86.4% (95% CI: 71.9%–94.3%, PPV 94.1% (95% CI: 87.1%–97.6%, NPV 97.4% (95% CI: 84.9%–99.8%, PLR 16 (95% CI: 7.3–34.8, and NLR 0.02 (95% CI: 0.003 – 0.182. The area under the ROC curve of USin this regard was 95.8 (95% CI: 91.9§99.7. Conclusion: According to the results of this study, we can use USas an accurate and non-invasive method with high sensitivity and specificity in diagnosis ofmalleolus fractures.However, the inherent limitations of US such as operator dependency should be considered in this regard.

  10. Inverse Dynamics Model for the Ankle Joint with Applications in Tibia Malleolus Fracture

    Budescu, E.; Merticaru, E.; Chirazi, M.

    The paper presents a biomechanical model of the ankle joint, in order to determine the force and the torque of reaction into the articulation, through inverse dynamic analysis, in various stages of the gait. Thus, knowing the acceleration of the foot and the reaction force between foot and ground during the gait, determined by experimental measurement, there was calculated, for five different positions of the foot, the joint reaction forces, on the basis of dynamic balance equations. The values numerically determined were compared with the admissible forces appearing in the technical systems of osteosynthesis of tibia malleolus fracture, in order to emphasize the motion restrictions during bone healing.

  11. Inhibition of Midkine Augments Osteoporotic Fracture Healing.

    Melanie Haffner-Luntzer

    Full Text Available The heparin-binding growth and differentiation factor midkine (Mdk is proposed to negatively regulate osteoblast activity and bone formation in the adult skeleton. As Mdk-deficient mice were protected from ovariectomy (OVX-induced bone loss, this factor may also play a role in the pathogenesis of postmenopausal osteoporosis. We have previously demonstrated that Mdk negatively influences bone regeneration during fracture healing. Here, we investigated whether the inhibition of Mdk using an Mdk-antibody (Mdk-Ab improves compromised bone healing in osteoporotic OVX-mice. Using a standardized femur osteotomy model, we demonstrated that Mdk serum levels were significantly enhanced after fracture in both non-OVX and OVX-mice, however, the increase was considerably greater in osteoporotic mice. Systemic treatment with the Mdk-Ab significantly improved bone healing in osteoporotic mice by increasing bone formation in the fracture callus. On the molecular level, we demonstrated that the OVX-induced reduction of the osteoanabolic beta-catenin signaling in the bony callus was abolished by Mdk-Ab treatment. Furthermore, the injection of the Mdk-Ab increased trabecular bone mass in the skeleton of the osteoporotic mice. These results implicate that antagonizing Mdk may be useful for the therapy of osteoporosis and osteoporotic fracture-healing complications.


    N. F. Fomin


    Full Text Available The role of interposition of soft tissues into tibiofibular syndesmosis is analyzed as a cause of unsatisfactory outcomes in the ankle joint pronation fracture treatment. The study is based on clinical (452 patients and experimental material (36 experiments including unfixed anatomic objects. The elevator for minimal invasive operative elimination of interposition of stumps of distal tibiofibular syndesmosis anterior and posterior ligaments is developed and tested.

  13. Flexible fixation and fracture healing

    Schmal, Hagen; Strohm, Peter C; Jaeger, Martin


    to the bone surface than external fixator bars. External fixators have the advantage of being less expensive, highly flexible, and technically less demanding. They remain an integral part of orthopaedic surgery for emergent stabilization, for pediatric fractures, for definitive osteosynthesis in certain...

  14. Immediate Weight-Bearing after Ankle Fracture Fixation

    Reza Firoozabadi


    Full Text Available We believe that a certain subset of surgical ankle fracture patients can be made weight-bearing as tolerated immediately following surgery. Immediate weight-bearing as tolerated (IWBAT allows patients to return to ambulation and activities of daily living faster and may facilitate rehabilitation. A prospectively gathered orthopaedic trauma database at a Level 1 trauma center was reviewed retrospectively to identify patients who had ORIF after unstable ankle injuries treated by the senior author. Patients were excluded if they were not IWBAT based on specific criteria or if they did meet followup requirement. Only 1/26 patients was noted to have loss of fixation. This was found at the 6-week followup and was attributed to a missed syndesmotic injury. At 2-week followup, 2 patients had peri-incisional erythema that resolved with a short course of oral antibiotics. At 6-week followup, 20 patients were wearing normal shoes and 6 patients continued to wear the CAM Boot for comfort. To conclude, IWBAT in a certain subset of patients with stable osteosynthesis following an ankle fracture could potentially be a safe alternative to a period of protected weight-bearing.

  15. The science of ultrasound therapy for fracture healing.

    Della Rocca, Gregory J


    Fracture healing involves a complex interplay of cellular processes, culminating in bridging of a fracture gap with bone. Fracture healing can be compromised by numerous exogenous and endogenous patient factors, and intense research is currently going on to identify modalities that can increase the likelihood of successful healing. Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) has been proposed as a modality that may have a benefit for increasing reliable fracture healing as well as perhaps increasing the rate of fracture healing. We conducted a review to establish basic scince evidence of therapeutic role of lipus in fracture healing. An electronic search without language restrictions was accomplished of three databases (PubMed, Embase, Cinahl) for ultrasound-related research in osteocyte and chondrocyte cell culture and in animal fracture models, published from inception of the databases through December, 2008. Studies deemed to be most relevant were included in this review. Multiple in vitro and animal in vivo studies were identified. An extensive body of literature exists which delineates the mechanism of action for ultrasound on cellular and tissue signaling systems that may be related to fracture healing. Research on LIPUS in animal fracture models has demonstrated promising results for acceleration of fracture healing and for promotion of fracture healing in compromised tissue beds. A large body of cellular and animal research exists which reveals that LIPUS may be beneficial for accelerating normal fracture healing or for promoting fracture healing in compromised tissue beds. Further investigation of the effects of LIPUS in human fracture healing is warranted for this promising new therapy.

  16. The science of ultrasound therapy for fracture healing

    Della Rocca Gregory


    Full Text Available Fracture healing involves a complex interplay of cellular processes, culminating in bridging of a fracture gap with bone. Fracture healing can be compromised by numerous exogenous and endogenous patient factors, and intense research is currently going on to identify modalities that can increase the likelihood of successful healing. Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS has been proposed as a modality that may have a benefit for increasing reliable fracture healing as well as perhaps increasing the rate of fracture healing. We conducted a review to establish basic scince evidence of therapeutic role of lipus in fracture healing. An electronic search without language restrictions was accomplished of three databases (PubMed, Embase, Cinahl for ultrasound-related research in osteocyte and chondrocyte cell culture and in animal fracture models, published from inception of the databases through December, 2008. Studies deemed to be most relevant were included in this review. Multiple in vitro and animal in vivo studies were identified. An extensive body of literature exists which delineates the mechanism of action for ultrasound on cellular and tissue signaling systems that may be related to fracture healing. Research on LIPUS in animal fracture models has demonstrated promising results for acceleration of fracture healing and for promotion of fracture healing in compromised tissue beds. A large body of cellular and animal research exists which reveals that LIPUS may be beneficial for accelerating normal fracture healing or for promoting fracture healing in compromised tissue beds. Further investigation of the effects of LIPUS in human fracture healing is warranted for this promising new therapy.

  17. Use of an acrylic mold for mortise view improvement in ankle fractures: a feasibility study

    Donken, C.C.; Verhofstad, M.H.J.; Edwards, M.J.R.; Schoemaker, M.C.; Laarhoven, C.J.H.M. van


    We investigated an acrylic mold for use in obtaining ankle radiographs in 31 consecutive patients with ankle fracture. The radiologic examination consisted of routine lateral and mortise views, with the same views procured with the use of the acrylic mold to position the ankle. Radiographic evidence

  18. Use of an acrylic mold for mortise view improvement in ankle fractures: a feasibility study

    Donken, C.C.; Verhofstad, M.H.J.; Edwards, M.J.R.; Schoemaker, M.C.; Laarhoven, C.J.H.M. van


    We investigated an acrylic mold for use in obtaining ankle radiographs in 31 consecutive patients with ankle fracture. The radiologic examination consisted of routine lateral and mortise views, with the same views procured with the use of the acrylic mold to position the ankle. Radiographic evidence

  19. Indium-111 leukocyte scanning and fracture healing

    Mead, L.P.; Scott, A.C.; Bondurant, F.J.; Browner, B.D. (Univ. of Texas Medical School, Houston (USA))


    This study was undertaken to determine the specificity of indium-111 leukocyte scans for osteomyelitis when fractures are present. Midshaft tibial osteotomies were performed in 14 New Zealand white rabbits, seven of which were infected postoperatively with Staphylococcus aureus per Norden's protocol. All 14 rabbits were scanned following injection with 75 microCi of indium 111 at 72 h after osteotomy and at weekly intervals for 4 weeks. Before the rabbits were killed, the fracture sites were cultured to document the presence or absence of infection. The results of all infected osteotomy sites were positive, whereas no positive scans were found in the noninfected osteotomies. We concluded from this study that uncomplicated fracture healing does not result in a positive indium-111 leukocyte scan.

  20. Risk of hip fracture after osteoporosis fractures. 451 women with fracture of lumbar spine, olecranon, knee or ankle

    Lauritzen, J B; Lund, B


    In a follow-up study during 1976-1984, the risk of a subsequent hip fracture was investigated in women aged 60-99 years, hospitalized for the following fractures: lumbar spine (n 70), olecranon (n 52), knee (n 129) and ankle (n 200). Follow-up ranged from 0 to 9 years. Observation time of the 4...... different fractures were 241, 180, 469, and 779, person-years, respectively. In women aged 60-79 years with one of the following fractures the relative risk of a subsequent hip fracture was increased by 4.8 (lumbar spine), 4.1 (olecranon), 3.5 (knee) and 1.5 (ankle). The relative risk of hip fracture showed...

  1. A Rare Fracture That Ottawa Ankle Rules are Insufficient: Isolated Posterior Malleolar Fracture

    Bulent Karslioglu


    Isolated fracture of the posterior malleolus is rare. A 23 year- old male patient admitted to our emergency department suffering from ankle pain after fall. Computed tomography revealed fracture line at posterior malleolus. As well as it encompasses less than 25% of the joint surface, conservative treatment planned and below-knee cast was applied. Physical therapy was started at six week later. Due to different mechanism of occurrence it is hard to diagnose isolated posterior malleolus fractu...

  2. Fracture healing: direct magnification versus conventional radiography

    Link, T.M. [Dept. of Clinical Radiology, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Univ., Muenster (Germany); Kessler, T. [Dept. of Traumatic and Hand Surgery, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Univ., Muenster (Germany); Lange, T. [Dept. of Clinical Radiology, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Univ., Muenster (Germany); Overbeck, J. [Dept. of Traumatic and Hand Surgery, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Univ., Muenster (Germany); Fiebich, M. [Dept. of Clinical Radiology, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Univ., Muenster (Germany); Peters, P.E. [Dept. of Clinical Radiology, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Univ., Muenster (Germany)


    The aim of the study was to evaluate the potential of magnification radiography in diagnosing fracture healing and assessing its complications. Seventy-three patients with fractures or who had undergone osteotomy were radiographed with both conventional (non-magnified) and magnification (5-fold) techniques. Since 10 patients were radiographed twice and 1 three times, 83 radiographs using each technique were obtained. All radiographs were analysed and the findings correlated with the patients` follow-up studies. The microfocal X-ray unit used for magnification radiography had a focal spot size of 20-130 {mu}m. As an imaging system, digital luminescence radiography was employed with magnification, while normal film-screen systems were used with conventional radiography. Magnification radiography proved superior to conventional radiography in 47% of cases: endosteal and periosteal callus formations were seen earlier and better in 26 cases, and osseous union could be evaluated with greater certainty in 33 cases. In 49% of cases magnification radiography was equal and in 4% inferior to conventional radiography. Additionally an ``inter-observer analysis`` was carried out. Anatomical and pathological structures were classified into one of four grades. Results were significantly (P < 0.01) better using magnification radiography. We conclude that the magnification technique is a good method for monitoring fracture healing in its early stages. (orig.)

  3. Surgical versus conservative interventions for treating ankle fractures in adults (Review)

    Donken, C.C.M.A.; Al-Khateeb, H.; Verhofstad, M.H.J.; Laarhoven, C.J.H.M. van


    BACKGROUND: The annual incidence of ankle fractures is 122 per 100,000 people. They usually affect young men and older women. The question of whether surgery or conservative treatment should be used for ankle fractures remains controversial. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of surgical versus conse

  4. Simulation of the nutrient supply in fracture healing.

    Chen, G; Niemeyer, F; Wehner, T; Simon, U; Schuetz, M A; Pearcy, M J; Claes, L E


    The healing process for bone fractures is sensitive to mechanical stability and blood supply at the fracture site. Most currently available mechanobiological algorithms of bone healing are based solely on mechanical stimuli, while the explicit analysis of revascularization and its influences on the healing process have not been thoroughly investigated in the literature. In this paper, revascularization was described by two separate processes: angiogenesis and nutrition supply. The mathematical models for angiogenesis and nutrition supply have been proposed and integrated into an existing fuzzy algorithm of fracture healing. The computational algorithm of fracture healing, consisting of stress analysis, analyses of angiogenesis and nutrient supply, and tissue differentiation, has been tested on and compared with animal experimental results published previously. The simulation results showed that, for a small and medium-sized fracture gap, the nutrient supply is sufficient for bone healing, for a large fracture gap, non-union may be induced either by deficient nutrient supply or inadequate mechanical conditions. The comparisons with experimental results demonstrated that the improved computational algorithm is able to simulate a broad spectrum of fracture healing cases and to predict and explain delayed unions and non-union induced by large gap sizes and different mechanical conditions. The new algorithm will allow the simulation of more realistic clinical fracture healing cases with various fracture gaps and geometries and may be helpful to optimise implants and methods for fracture fixation.

  5. Ultrasound attenuation as a quantitative measure of fracture healing

    Gheduzzi, Sabina; Humphrey, Victor F.; Dodd, Simon P.; Cunningham, James L.; Miles, Anthony W.


    The monitoring of fracture healing still relies upon the judgment of callus formation and on the manual assessment of the stiffness of the fracture. A diagnostic tool capable of quantitatively measuring healing progression of a fracture would allow the fine-tuning of the treatment regime. Ultrasound attenuation measurements were adopted as a possible method of assessing the healing process in human long bones. The method involves exciting ultrasonic waves at 200 kHz in the bone and measuring the reradiation along the bone and across the fracture zone. Seven cadaveric femora were tested in vitro in intact form and after creating a transverse fracture by sawing through the cortex. The effects of five different fracture types were investigated. A partial fracture, corresponding to a 50% cut through the cortex, a closed fracture, and fractures of widths varying between 1, 2, and 4 mm were investigated. The introduction of a fracture was found to produce a dramatic effect on the amplitude of the signal. Ultrasound attenuation was found to be sensitive to the presence of a fracture, even when the fracture was well reduced. It would therefore appear feasible to adopt attenuation across a fracture as a quantitative measurement of fracture healing.

  6. Compartment syndrome of the thigh complicating surgical treatment of ipsilateral femur and ankle fractures

    Moore, M. R.; Garfin, S. R.; Hargens, A. R.


    A 26-year-old man presented with ipsilateral femur and ankle fractures. The patient was treated with interlocking nail of his femur fracture, followed by open reduction and internal fixation of his ankle fracture under tourniquet control. Postoperatively, the patient developed compartment syndrome of his thigh with elevated pressures, requiring decompressive fasciotomies. This case illustrates the possible complication of treating a femur fracture with intramedullary nailing and then immediately applying a tourniquet to treat an ipsilateral extremity fracture. Because of the complication with this patient, we feel the procedure should be staged, or a tourniquet should be avoided if possible.

  7. Open Reduction and Internal Fixation of a Fracture-dislocation of the Ankle

    Yaniel Truffin Rodriguez


    Full Text Available Open reduction and internal fixation of the fracture-dislocation of the ankle with plates, screws and Kirschner wires is a well-defined treatment method. This paper presents the management of a fracture-dislocation of the right ankle in a 33-year-old female patient stabilized by using a one-third tubular plate, screws, and Kirschner wires with tension-band wires. Results were satisfactory.

  8. Life impact of ankle fractures: Qualitative analysis of patient and clinician experiences

    McPhail Steven M


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ankle fractures are one of the more commonly occurring forms of trauma managed by orthopaedic teams worldwide. The impacts of these injuries are not restricted to pain and disability caused at the time of the incident, but may also result in long term physical, psychological, and social consequences. There are currently no ankle fracture specific patient-reported outcome measures with a robust content foundation. This investigation aimed to develop a thematic conceptual framework of life impacts following ankle fracture from the experiences of people who have suffered ankle fractures as well as the health professionals who treat them. Methods A qualitative investigation was undertaken using in-depth semi-structured interviews with people (n=12 who had previously sustained an ankle fracture (patients and health professionals (n=6 that treat people with ankle fractures. Interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed. Each phrase was individually coded and grouped in categories and aligned under emerging themes by two independent researchers. Results Saturation occurred after 10 in-depth patient interviews. Time since injury for patients ranged from 6 weeks to more than 2 years. Experience of health professionals ranged from 1 year to 16 years working with people with ankle fractures. Health professionals included an Orthopaedic surgeon (1, physiotherapists (3, a podiatrist (1 and an occupational therapist (1. The emerging framework derived from patient data included eight themes (Physical, Psychological, Daily Living, Social, Occupational and Domestic, Financial, Aesthetic and Medication Taking. Health professional responses did not reveal any additional themes, but tended to focus on physical and occupational themes. Conclusions The nature of life impact following ankle fractures can extend beyond short term pain and discomfort into many areas of life. The findings from this research have provided an empirically derived

  9. [Clinical features in the diagnosis and treatment of ankle fracture with Wagsaffe fragment].

    Liu, Zhongyu; Xin, Jingyi; Liang, Jun


    To explore the methods in the diagnosis and treatment of ankle fracture with Wagsaffe fragment. Among 1 201 patients, there were 18 cases of concurrent Wagstaffe fractures at our hospital between January 2009 to January 2012. There were 11 males and 7 females with an average of 37.4 (17-54) years. The causes of injuries were fall (n = 10), sports-related injury (n = 4), traffic injury (n = 3) and high-altitude fall (n = 1). All of them had lateral malleolar fracture. Other injuries included internal malleolar fracture (n = 16), posterior malleolar fracture (n = 8) and disruption of medial deltoid ligament (n = 3). According to the Lauge-Hansen system, all fractures were of supination-external rotation type. The fractures of fibula and Wagstaffe were explored through an anterolateral approach. The lateral malleolar fracture was fixed with plate While Wagstaffe fragment secured with lag screw or thread. Disrupted anterior tibiofibular ligament was restored. Other treatments included open reduction and internal fixation of medial and posterior malleolus, repair of medial deltoid ligament and screw fixation of disrupted tibiofibular syndesmosis. Ankle function was evaluated by the Baird-Jackson criteria. Wagstaffe fracture occurred at a rate of 1.5% in ankle fractures. Wagstaffe fracture was found in 4.4% of ankle fracture of supination-external rotation type. Seventeen patients were followed up over an average follow-up period of 16.8 (12-25) months. All radiographs showed union of all fractures and normal mortise. Baird-Jackson ankle functional score was from 81 to 99. In all 17 patients, 9 were rated as excellent, 5 as good and 3 as fair. The excellent and good rate was 87.4%. At the latest follow-up, 14 patients resumed their preinjury activities. As an easily misdiagnosed condition, Wagstaffe fracture is associated with ankle diastase and prone to occur in ankle fracture of supination-external rotation type. Accurate reduction and stable fixation facilitate the

  10. False negative rate of syndesmotic injury in pronation-external rotation stage IV ankle fractures

    Kwang-Soon Song


    Full Text Available Background: To investigate false negative rate in the diagnosis of diastasis on initial static anteroposterior radiograph and reliability of intraoperative external rotational stress test for detection of concealed disruption of syndesmosis in pronation external rotation (PER stage IV (Lauge-Hansen ankle fractures. Materials and Methods: We prospectively studied 34 PER stage IV ankle fractures between September 2001 and September 2008. Twenty (59% patients show syndesmotic injury on initial anteroposterior radiographs. We performed an intraoperative external rotation stress test in other 14 patients with suspicious PER stage IV ankle fractures, which showed no defined syndesmotic injury on anteroposterior radiographs inspite of a medial malleolar fracture, an oblique fibular fracture above the syndesmosis and fracture of the posterior tubercle of the tibia. Results: All 14 fractures showed different degrees of tibiofibular clear space (TFCS and tibiofibular overlapping (TFO on the external rotation stress test radiograph compared to the initial plain anteroposterior radiograph. It is important to understand the fracture pattern characterstic of PER stage IV ankle fractures even though it appears normal on anteroposterior radiographs, it is to be confirmed for the concealed syndesmotic injury through a routine intraoperative external rotational stress radiograph.

  11. Effects of anti-osteoporosis medications on fracture healing

    Jørgensen, Niklas R; Schwarz, Peter


    A number of fractures are complicated by impaired healing. This is prevalent in certain risk groups such as elderly, osteoporotics, postmenopausal women, and in people with malnutrition. At present, no pharmacologic treatments are available. Thus, there is an unmet need for medications that can...... stimulate bone healing. Parathyroid hormone (PTH) is the first bone anabolic drug approved for the treatment of osteoporosis and, intriguingly, a number of animal studies prove the ability of PTH to induce fracture healing. PTH may therefore be a potential novel treatment option in humans with impaired...

  12. Determinants of outcome in operatively and non-operatively treated Weber-B ankle fractures

    E.M. van Schie- van der Weert; E.M.M. van Lieshout (Esther); M.R. de Vries (Mark); M. van der Elst (Maarten); T. Schepers (Tim)


    textabstractIntroduction: Treatment of ankle fractures is often based on fracture type and surgeon's individual judgment. Literature concerning the treatment options and outcome are dated and frequently contradicting. The aim of this study was to determine the clinical and functional outcome after A

  13. Preliminary experience with Piccolo Composite™, a radiolucent distal fibula plate, in ankle fractures.

    Caforio, Marco; Perugia, Dario; Colombo, Massimiliano; Calori, Giorgio Maria; Maniscalco, Pietro


    The radiolucent plate has many advantageous properties in the treatment of complex ankle fractures, particularly trimalleolar fractures. Surgeons may sometimes have difficulty observing the posterior malleolus after synthesis of lateral malleolus with a traditional plate because common materials of conventional plates are not radiolucent. In this study, the authors highlight the importance of the radiolucent property in the treatment of ankle fractures and describe their preliminary experience with a carbon fibre-reinforced polyetheretherketone distal fibula plate, with good results at 4 months' follow-up and no signs of tissue inflammatory reaction.

  14. Considerations on evolution and healing of vertebral fractures.

    Klumpp, Raymond; Trevisan, Carlo; Nava, Veronica; Riccardi, Domenico; Recalcati, Wilmer


    Only little is known when talking about the evolution of a vertebral fracture. From the few studies available in the literature, we can deduce that the risk a vertebral compression fracture has to worsen its deformity is consistent. It is important to try to make a prognosis on how the fracture is going to heal based on the type of fracture encountered. A chapter of its own is the occurrence of a vertebral fracture non-union that is difficult to diagnose and treat, but comes along with a poor prognosis.

  15. A first order system model of fracture healing

    WANG Xiao-ping; ZHANG Xian-long; LI Zhu-guo; YU Xin-gang


    A first order system model is proposed for simulating the influence of stress stimulation on fracture strength during fracture healing. To validate the model, the diaphyses of bilateral tibiae in 70 New Zealand rabbits were osteotomized and fixed with rigid plates and stress-relaxation plates, respectively. Stress shielding rate and ultimate bending strength of the healing bone were measured at 2 to 48 weeks postoperatively. Ratios of stress stimulation and fracture strength of the healing bone to those of intact bone were taken as the system input and output. The assumed first order system model can approximate the experimental data on fracture strength from the input of stress stimulation over time, both for the rigid plate group and the stress-relaxation plate group, with different system parameters of time constant and gain. The fitting curve indicates that the effect of mechanical stimulus occurs mainly in late stages of healing. First order system can model the stress adaptation process of fracture healing. This approach presents a simple bio-mathematical model of the relationship between stress stimulation and fracture strength, and has the potential to optimize planning of functional exercises and conduct parametric studies.

  16. Radiographic features of teriparatide-induced healing of femoral fractures

    Youngwoo Kim


    Full Text Available Teriparatide is a drug that is used to increase bone remodeling, formation, and density for the treatment of osteoporosis. We present three cases of patients with a femoral insufficiency fracture. The patients were administered teripatatide in an attempt to treat severe osteoporosis and to enhance fracture healing. We found several radiographic features around the femoral fractures during the healing period. 1 Callus formation was found at a very early stage in the treatment. Teriparatide substantially increased the unusually abundant callus formation around the fracture site at 2 weeks. Moreover, this callus formation continued for 8 weeks and led to healing of the fracture. 2 Abundant callus formation was found circumferentially around the cortex with a ‘cloud-like’ appearance. 3 Remodeling of the teriparatide-induced callus formation was found to be part of the normal fracture healing process. After 1 year, normal remodeling was observed on plain radiographs. These findings indicate that teriparatide can be used as an adjuvant therapy in the management of femoral insufficiency fractures.

  17. The hematoma block: a simple, effective technique for closed reduction of ankle fracture dislocations.

    Ross, Adrianne; Catanzariti, Alan R; Mendicino, Robert W


    Management of a dislocated ankle fracture can be challenging because of instability of the ankle mortise, a compromised soft tissue envelope, and the potential neurovascular compromise. Every effort should be made to quickly and efficiently relocate the disrupted ankle joint. Within the emergency department setting, narcotics and benzodiazepines can be used to sedate the patient before attempting closed reduction. The combination of narcotics and benzodiazepines provides relief of pain and muscle guarding; however, it conveys a risk of seizure as well as respiratory arrest. An alternative to conscious sedation is the hematoma block, or an intra-articular local anesthetic injection in the ankle joint and the associated fracture hematoma. The hematoma block offers a comparable amount of analgesia to conscious sedation without the additional cardiovascular risk, hospital cost, and procedure time.

  18. Systemic treatment with telmisartan improves femur fracture healing in mice.

    Xiong Zhao

    Full Text Available Recent clinical studies indicated that angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs would decrease the risk of bone fractures in the elderly populations. There is little known about the role of the ARBs in the process of fracture healing. The purpose of the present study was to verify the hypothesis that systemic treatment with telmisartan has the ability to promote fracture healing. In this study, femur fractures were produced in 96 mature male BALB/c mice. Animals were treated with the ARBs telmisartan or vehicle. Fracture healing was analysed after 2, 5 and 10 weeks postoperatively using X-ray, biomechanical testing, histomorphometry, immunohistochemistry and micro-computed tomography (micro-CT. Radiological analysis showed the diameter of the callus in the telmisartan treated animals was significantly increased when compared with that of vehicle treated controls after two weeks of fracture healing. The radiologically observed promotion of callus formation was confirmed by histomorphometric analyses, which revealed a significantly increased amount of bone formation when compared with vehicle-treated controls. Biomechanical testing further showed a significantly greater peak torque at failure, and a higher torsional stiffness in telmisartan-treated animals compared with controls. There was an increased fraction of PCNA-positive cells and VEGF-positive cells in telmisartan-treated group compared with vehicle-treated controls. From the three-dimensional reconstruction of the bony callus, telmisartan-treated group significantly increased the values of BV/TV by 21.7% and CsAr by 26.0% compared to the vehicle-treated controls at 5 weeks post-fracture. In summary, we demonstrate in the current study that telmisartan could promote fracture healing in a mice model via increasing mechanical strength and improving microstructure. The most mechanism is probably by an increase of cell proliferation and neovascularization associated with a decreased VEGF expression

  19. Foot and ankle fractures during childhood: review of the literature and scientific evidence for appropriate treatment

    Stefan Rammelt

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Foot and ankle fractures represent 12% of all pediatric fractures. Malleolar fractures are the most frequent injuries of the lower limbs. Hindfoot and midfoot fractures are rare, but inadequate treatment for these fractures may results in compartment syndrome, three-dimensional deformities, avascular necrosis and early post-traumatic arthritis, which have a significant impact on overall foot and ankle function. Therefore, the challenges in treating these injuries in children are to achieve adequate diagnosis and precise treatment, while avoiding complications. The objective of the treatment is to restore normal anatomy and the correct articular relationship between the bones in this region. Moreover, the treatment needs to be planned according to articular involvement, lower-limb alignment, ligament stability and age. This article provides a review on this topic and presents the scientific evidence for appropriate treatment of these lesions.

  20. Surgical Treatment of a Trimalleolar Ankle Fracture Diagnosed Six Weeks after the Injury

    Yaniel Truffin Rodriguez


    Full Text Available Early diagnosis of traumatic injuries significantly changes patient outcomes. This statement remains true for the ankle since delay in treatment of ankle injuries can hinder its proper function. For these reasons, the case of a 29-year-old patient of rural origin treated at the Dr. Gustavo Aldereguía Lima University General Hospital in Cienfuegos is presented. The patient stated that he had suffered a horse fall six weeks earlier and presented with functional disability in addition to pain in his right ankle. A supra-syndesmotic fibular fracture, a medial malleolar fracture and a posterior malleolar fracture were diagnosed. To repair this injury, the Gatellier-Chastang approach was used for reduction and adequate fixation of the posterior malleolus. Osteosynthesis of the supra-syndesmotic fracture with a plate and screws was subsequently performed. Finally, the medial malleolar fracture was fixed with a malleolar screw. Six months after the surgery, the ankle showed normal ranges of dorsiflexion and plantar flexion; the edema was not significant and there was no pain when walking or resting.

  1. Pulmonary embolism following ankle fractures treated without an operation - an analysis using National Health Service data.

    Jameson, Simon S; Rankin, Kenneth S; Desira, Nicola L; James, Philip; Muller, Scott D; Reed, Mike R; Rangan, Amar


    The majority of ankle fractures are stable and can be treated without an operation, most commonly with cast immobilisation. Based on concerns regarding the risk of a venous thromboembolic event (VTE) while immobilised, there is currently debate as to whether these patients should receive VTE prophylaxis for the duration of treatment. Rates of pulmonary embolism (PE) in this patient group are unknown. This retrospective cohort study was designed to identify patients treated without an operation for ankle fracture and determine the occurrence of PE and inpatient mortality within 90 days of injury using the English National Health Service administrative databases. Logistic regression models were used to assess the influence of age, gender and Charlson co-morbidity score on these outcomes. We identified 14777 adult patients over a 54-month period (April 2007-September 2011) that met our linkage and inclusion criteria (isolated, unilateral closed ankle fracture that did not require hospitalisation). Mean age was 46.4 years (range 18-99) and the majority had a Charlson 0 score (97.7%). There were 32 (0.22%) PEs within 90 days of the fracture (including in one patient who subsequently died). After adjustment, Charlson score of ≥1 was associated with a greater risk of PE (Odds ratio = 11.97, p < 0.001) compared to Charlson 0. Risk for these patients was 2.08%. In total, fifteen patients (0.11%) died in hospital within 90 days. Pulmonary embolism is rare following ankle fractures treated without an operation. Patients with multiple co-morbidities are at a higher risk. Based on this evidence, an ankle fracture treated without an operation does not appear to be an indication for routine VTE prophylaxis.

  2. Radiation exposure from fluoroscopy during fixation of hip fracture and fracture of ankle: Effect of surgical experience

    Botchu Rajesh


    Full Text Available Background: Over the years, there has been a tremendous increase in the use of fluoroscopy in orthopaedics. The risk of contracting cancer is significantly higher for an orthopedic surgeon. Hip and spine surgeries account for 99% of the total radiation dose. The amount of radiation to patients and operating surgeon depends on the position of the patient and the type of protection used during the surgery. A retrospective study to assess the influence of the radiation exposure of the operating surgeon during fluoroscopically assisted fixation of fractures of neck of femur (dynamic hip screw and ankle (Weber B was performed at a district general hospital in the United Kingdom. Materials and Methods: Sixty patients with undisplaced intertrochanteric fracture were included in the hip group, and 60 patients with isolated fracture of lateral malleolus without communition were included in the ankle group. The hip and ankle groups were further divided into subgroups of 20 patients each depending on the operative experience of the operating surgeon. All patients had fluoroscopically assisted fixation of fracture by the same approach and technique. The radiation dose and screening time of each group were recorded and analyzed. Results: The radiation dose and screening time during fluoroscopically assisted fixation of fracture neck of femur were significantly high with surgeons and trainees with less than 3 years of surgical experience in comparison with surgeons with more than 10 years of experience. The radiation dose and screening time during fluoroscopically assisted fixation of Weber B fracture of ankle were relatively independent of operating surgeon′s surgical experience. Conclusion: The experience of operating surgeon is one of the important factors affecting screening time and radiation dose during fluoroscopically assisted fixation of fracture neck of femur. The use of snapshot pulsed fluoroscopy and involvement of senior surgeons could

  3. Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound affects RUNX2 immunopositive osteogenic cells in delayed clinical fracture healing

    Rutten, S.; Nolte, P.A.; Korstjens, C.M.; Klein-Nulend, J.


    Introduction: Osteogenic cell proliferation and differentiation play an important role in adequate fracture healing, and is target for osteoinductive therapies in delayed fracture healing. The aim of this study was to investigate whether low-intensity pulsed ultrasound enhances fracture healing at t

  4. Computational simulation of bone fracture healing under inverse dynamisation.

    Wilson, Cameron J; Schütz, Michael A; Epari, Devakara R


    Adaptive finite element models have allowed researchers to test hypothetical relationships between the local mechanical environment and the healing of bone fractures. However, their predictive power has not yet been demonstrated by testing hypotheses ahead of experimental testing. In this study, an established mechano-biological scheme was used in an iterative finite element simulation of sheep tibial osteotomy healing under a hypothetical fixation regime, "inverse dynamisation". Tissue distributions, interfragmentary movement and stiffness across the fracture site were compared between stiff and flexible fixation conditions and scenarios in which fixation stiffness was increased at a discrete time-point. The modelling work was conducted blind to the experimental study to be published subsequently. The simulations predicted the fastest and most direct healing under constant stiff fixation, and the slowest healing under flexible fixation. Although low fixation stiffness promoted more callus formation prior to bridging, this conferred little additional stiffness to the fracture in the first 5 weeks. Thus, while switching to stiffer fixation facilitated rapid subsequent bridging of the fracture, no advantage of inverse dynamisation could be demonstrated. In vivo data remains necessary to conclusively test this treatment protocol and this will, in turn, provide an evaluation of the model's performance. The publication of both hypotheses and their computational simulation, prior to experimental testing, offers an appealing means to test the predictive power of mechano-biological models.

  5. The effect of inclement weather on ankle fracture management in an Irish trauma unit.

    O'Neill, B J


    Ireland is unfamiliar with extreme weather conditions. Such conditions occurred in winter 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, with much of the country being affected by snow and ice. We reviewed the effect that these conditions had on the treatment of ankle fractures in our trauma unit.

  6. Treatment of a Fracture-dislocation of the Ankle Using RALCA® External Fixator

    Yaniel Truffin Rodriguez


    Full Text Available The association of ankle fractures with a dislocation modifies their therapeutic management since the joint must not remain in such abnormal position for more than six hours and therefore, urgent surgical treatment is needed. The case of a 30-year-old woman treated at the Dr. Gustavo Aldereguía Lima Hospital in Cienfuegos is presented. The patient presented with a severe fracture-dislocation of the right ankle with a supra-syndesmotic fibular fracture, a syndesmotic injury, a deltoid ligament injury and a tibial plafond fracture resulting from a bicycle fall. The fracture-dislocation was stabilized by using a RALCA® external mini-fixator. Full recovery was achieved five months after surgery. In our service, we may not have the devices most commonly used for fixation of ankle injuries at a given moment; therefore, external fixation becomes a viable option to correct this type of fractures. For this reason, we decided to present this case that demonstrates the effectiveness of the RALCA® external fixator.

  7. Conservative treatment of an anterior-lateral ankle dislocation without an associated fracture in a diabetic patient: a case report

    Panagiotis K. Karampinas


    Full Text Available Anterior or anterior-lateral dislocation of the ankle is a rare condition that can be treated conservatively as well as any other similar types of ankle dislocations without associated fractures. We present a case report of an anterior-lateral ankle dislocation with a concomitant avulsion injury of the ankle's anterior capsule in a diabetic patient that was treated conservatively. At the patient's visit 12 months after the initial injury, he was asymptomatic with full range of motion of the ankle joint. To our knowledge, we could not identify this type of an injury in a diabetic patient that was treated successfully with conservative treatment in the existing literature.

  8. The effect of immunonutrition (glutamine, alanine on fracture healing

    Abdullah Küçükalp


    Full Text Available Background: There have been various studies related to fracture healing. Glutamine is an amino acid with an important role in many cell and organ functions. This study aimed to make a clinical, radiological, and histopathological evaluation of the effects of glutamine on fracture healing. Methods: Twenty rabbits were randomly allocated into two groups of control and immunonutrition. A fracture of the fibula was made to the right hind leg. All rabbits received standard food and water. From post-operative first day for 30 days, the study group received an additional 2 ml/kg/day 20% L-alanine L-glutamine solution via a gastric catheter, and the control group received 2 ml/kg/day isotonic via gastric catheter. At the end of 30 days, the rabbits were sacrificed and the fractures were examined clinically, radiologically, and histopathologically in respect to the degree of union. Results: Radiological evaluation of the control group determined a mean score of 2.5 according to the orthopaedists and 2.65 according to the radiologists. In the clinical evaluation, the mean score was 1.875 for the control group and 2.0 for the study group. Histopathological evaluation determined a mean score of 8.5 for the control group and 9.0 for the study group. Conclusion: One month after orally administered glutamine–alanine, positive effects were observed on fracture healing radiologically, clinically, and histopathologically, although no statistically significant difference was determined.

  9. Early period of fracture healing in ovariectomized rats

    徐少文; 喻任; 赵光锋; 王建卫


    Objective: To evaluate the effect of osteoporosis on fracture healing through observing the histomorphological changes, bone mineral density of callus and expression and distribution of transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1),basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) in ovariectomized rats.Methods: Sixty female Sprague-Dawley rats (aged 12 weeks and weighing 235 g on average) were randomly divided into an ovariectomized (OVX) group (n=30) and a sham-operated (SO) group (n=30). Ovariectomy was performed in the OVX rats and same incision was made in the SO rats. Three months later, fracture of femoral shaft was made on all the rats. Then they were killed at different time points. Callus formation was observed with histological and immunohistochemical methods.Results: A reduction in callus and bone mineral density in the healing femur and a decrease of osteoblasts expressing TGF-β1 near the bone trabecula were observed in the OVX rats 3-4 weeks after fracture. Histomorphological analysis revealed a higher content of soft callus in the OVX rats than that in the SO rats. Immunohistochemistry results showed that no remarkable difference in expression and distribution of BMP-2 and bFGF between the OVX and SO groups was found.Conclusions: Osteoporosis influences the quantity and quality of callus during the early period of fracture healing. The effect of osteoporosis on fracture healing has no relationship with the expression of BMP-2 or bFGF. The decreased expression of TGF-β1 in osteoblasts may cause a decrease in quality of facture healing after osteoporosis.

  10. Fracture and Healing of Rock Salt Related to Salt Caverns

    Chan, K.S.; Fossum, A.F.; Munson, D.E.


    In recent years, serious investigations of potential extension of the useful life of older caverns or of the use of abandoned caverns for waste disposal have been of interest to the technical community. All of the potential applications depend upon understanding the reamer in which older caverns and sealing systems can fail. Such an understanding will require a more detailed knowledge of the fracture of salt than has been necessary to date. Fortunately, the knowledge of the fracture and healing of salt has made significant advances in the last decade, and is in a position to yield meaningful insights to older cavern behavior. In particular, micromechanical mechanisms of fracture and the concept of a fracture mechanism map have been essential guides, as has the utilization of continuum damage mechanics. The Multimechanism Deformation Coupled Fracture (MDCF) model, which is summarized extensively in this work was developed specifically to treat both the creep and fracture of salt, and was later extended to incorporate the fracture healing process known to occur in rock salt. Fracture in salt is based on the formation and evolution of microfractures, which may take the form of wing tip cracks, either in the body or the boundary of the grain. This type of crack deforms under shear to produce a strain, and furthermore, the opening of the wing cracks produce volume strain or dilatancy. In the presence of a confining pressure, microcrack formation may be suppressed, as is often the case for triaxial compression tests or natural underground stress situations. However, if the confining pressure is insufficient to suppress fracture, then the fractures will evolve with time to give the characteristic tertiary creep response. Two first order kinetics processes, closure of cracks and healing of cracks, control the healing process. Significantly, volume strain produced by microfractures may lead to changes in the permeability of the salt, which can become a major concern in

  11. Muscle-bone Interactions During Fracture Healing


    physical trauma31, orthopaedic surgery32, or due to disease like fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, which has been identified to be a result of a...responsible for bone healing may provide opportunities to develop therapies to augment normal physiologic mechanisms underlying bone regeneration. Current... osteoporosis in premenopausal and postmenopausal women. J Bone Miner Metab 2008; 26:159-64. 70. Hill M, Goldspink G. Expression and splicing of the in- sulin

  12. Leptin Influences Healing in the Sprague Dawley Rat Fracture Model

    Liu, Pengcheng; Cai, Ming


    Background Leptin plays a crucial role in bone metabolism, and its level is related to bone callus formation in the fracture repair process. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of recombinant leptin on the healing process of femoral fractures in rats. Material/Methods Forty-eight male Sprague Dawley (SD) rats with an average body weight of 389 g (range: 376–398 g) and an average age of 10 weeks were included in this animal research, and all rats were randomly divided into two major groups. Then standardized femur fracture models were implemented in all SD rats. Rats in the control group were treated with only 0.5 mL of physiological saline, and rats in the experimental group were treated with recombinant leptin 5 μg/kg/d along with the same 0.5 mL of physiological saline for 42 days intraperitoneally. At the same time, each major group was evenly divided into three parallel subgroups for each parallel bone evaluation separately at the second, fourth, and sixth weeks. Each subgroup included eight rats. Results The total radiological evaluation results showed that the healing progress of femoral fracture in the experimental group was superior to that in the control group from the fourth week. At the sixth week, experimental group rats began to present significantly better femoral fracture healing progress than that of the control group rats. Results of biomechanics show the ultimate load (N) and deflection ultimate load (mm) of the experimental group rats was significantly increased compared with that of the control group rats from the fourth week. Conclusions Our results suggest that leptin may have a positive effect on SD rat femur fracture healing. PMID:28088810

  13. Early Ankle Mobilization Promotes Healing in a Rabbit Model of Achilles Tendon Rupture.

    Jielile, Jiasharete; Asilehan, Batiza; Wupuer, Aikeremu; Qianman, Bayixiati; Jialihasi, Ayidaer; Tangkejie, Wulanbai; Maimaitiaili, Abudouheilil; Shawutali, Nuerai; Badelhan, Aynaz; Niyazebieke, Hadelebieke; Aizezi, Adili; Aisaiding, Amuding; Bakyt, Yerzat; Aibek, Rakimbaiev; Wuerliebieke, Jianati


    The use of early mobilization of the ankle joint without orthosis in the treatment of Achilles tendon rupture has been advocated as the optimal management. The goal of this study was to compare outcomes in a postoperative rabbit model of Achilles tendon rupture between early mobilization and immobilized animals using a differential proteomics approach. In total, 135 rabbits were randomized into the control group (n=15), the postoperative cast immobilization (PCI) group (n=60), and the early mobilization (EM) group (n=60). A rupture of the Achilles tendon was created in each animal model and repaired microsurgically, and tendon samples were removed at 3, 7, 14, and 21 days postoperatively. Proteins were separated using 2-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and identified using peptide mass fingerprinting, tandem mass spectrometry, NCBI database searches, and bioinformatics analyses. A series of differentially expressed proteins were identified between groups, some of which may play an important role in Achilles tendon healing. Notable candidate proteins that were upregulated in the EM group were identified, such as CRMP-2, galactokinase 1, tropomyosin-4, and transthyretin. The healing of ruptured Achilles tendons appears to be affected at the level of protein expression with the use of early mobilization. The classic postoperative treatment of Achilles tendon rupture with an orthosis ignored the self-protecting instinct of humans. With a novel operative technique, the repaired tendon can persist the load that comes from traction in knee and ankle joint functional movement. In addition, kinesitherapy provided an excellent experimental outcome via a mechanobiological mechanism. Copyright 2016, SLACK Incorporated.

  14. Outcome and quality of life after surgically treated ankle fractures in patients 65 years or older

    Ekdahl Charlotte


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Despite high incidence of ankle fractures in the elderly, studies evaluating outcome and impact of quality of life in this age group specifically are sparse. The aim of this study was to evaluate outcome and quality of life 6 and 12 months after injury in patients 65 years or older who had been operated on due to an ankle fracture. Methods Sixty patients 65 years or older were invited to participate in the study. 6 and 12 months after the injury a questionnaire including inquiry to participate, the Olerud-Molander Ankle Score (OMAS, Short-Form 36 (SF-36, Linear Analogue Scale (LAS, Self-rated Ankle Function and some supplementary questions was sent home to the patients. The supplementary questions concerned subjective experience of ankle instability, sporting and physical activity level before injury and recaptured activity level at follow-ups, need of walking aid before injury, state of living before injury and at follow-ups and co-morbidities. After the 12-month follow-up the patients were also called for a radiological examination. Results Fifty patients (83% answered the questionnaire at 6-month and 46 (77% at the 12-month follow-up. Although, 45 (90% fractures were low-energy trauma 44 (88% were bi- or trimalleolar and post-operative reduction results were complete in 23 (46% ankles. The median OMAS improved from 60 (Interquartile range (IQR 36 at 6-month to 70 (IQR 35 at 12-month (p = 0.002, but at 12-month still sixty percent or more of the patients reported pain, swelling, problems when stair-climbing and reduced activities of daily life. Twenty (40% rated their ankle function as 'good' or 'very good' at 6-month and 30 (60% at 12-month. Forty-one (82% were physically active before injury but still one year after only 18/41 had returned to their pre-injury physical activity level. According to SF-36 four dimensions differed from the age- and gender matched normative data of the Swedish population, 'physical function

  15. Excess dietary methionine does not affect fracture healing in mice

    Holstein, Joerg H.; Schmalenbach, Julia; Herrmann, Markus; Ölkü, Ilona; Garcia, Patric; Histing, Tina; Herrmann, Wolfgang; Menger, Michael D.; Pohlemann, Tim; Claes, Lutz


    Summary Background An elevated serum concentration of homocysteine (hyperhomocysteinemia) has been shown to disturb fracture healing. As the essential amino acid, methionine, is a precursor of homocysteine, we aimed to investigate whether excess methionine intake affects bone repair. Material/Methods We analyzed bone repair in 2 groups of mice. One group was fed a methionine-rich diet (n=13), and the second group received an equicaloric control diet without methionine supplementation (n=12). Using a closed femoral fracture model, bone repair was analyzed by histomorphometry and biomechanical testing at 4 weeks after fracture. Blood was sampled to measure serum concentrations of homocysteine, the bone formation marker osteocalcin, and the bone resorption marker collagen I C-terminal crosslaps Results Serum concentrations of homocysteine were significantly higher in the methionine group than in the control group, while serum markers of bone turnover did not differ significantly between the 2 groups. Histomorphometry revealed no significant differences in size and tissue composition of the callus between animals fed the methionine-enriched diet and those receiving the control diet. Accordingly, animals of the 2 groups showed a comparable bending stiffness of the healing bones. Conclusions We conclude that excess methionine intake causes hyperhomocysteinemia, but does not affect fracture healing in mice. PMID:23197225

  16. Locally applied Simvastatin improves fracture healing in mice

    Aspenberg Per


    Full Text Available Abstract Background HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, statins, are widely prescribed to lower cholesterol. High doses of orally administered simvastatin has previously been shown to improve fracture healing in a mouse femur fracture model. In this study, simvastatin was administered either subcutaneously or directly to the fracture area, with the goal of stimulating fracture repair at acceptable doses. Methods Femur fractures were produced in 70 mature male Balb-C mice and stabilized with marrow-nailing. Three experiments were performed. Firstly, 20 mice received subcutaneous injections of either simvastatin (20 mg or vehicle. Secondly, 30 mice were divided into three groups of 10 mice receiving continuous subcutaneous delivery of the vehicle substance, the vehicle with 5 mg or with 10 mg of simvastatin per kg bodyweight per day. Finally, in 20 mice, a silicone tube was led from an osmotic mini-pump to the fracture area. In this way, 10 mice received an approximate local dose of simvastatin of 0.1 mg per kg per day for the duration of the experiment and 10 mice received the vehicle compound. All treatments lasted until the end of the experiment. Bilateral femurs were harvested 14 days post-operative. Biomechanical tests were performed by way of three-point bending. Data was analysed with ANOVA, Scheffé's post-hoc test and Student's unpaired t-test. Results With daily simvastatin injections, no effects could be demonstrated for any of the parameters examined. Continuous systemic delivery resulted in a 160% larger force at failure. Continuous local delivery of simvastatin resulted in a 170% larger force at failure as well as a twofold larger energy uptake. Conclusion This study found a dramatic positive effect on biomechanical parameters of fracture healing by simvastatin treatment directly applied to the fracture area.

  17. Association between timing of zoledronic acid infusion and hip fracture healing

    Colón-Emeric, C; Nordsletten, L; Olson, S


    Patients in the Health Outcomes and Reduced Incidence with Zoledronic Acid Once Yearly (HORIZON) Recurrent Fracture Trial were assessed for evidence of delayed hip fracture healing. No association was observed between zoledronic acid (ZOL) and delayed healing. We conclude that ZOL has no clinically...... evident effect on fracture healing, even when the drug is infused in the immediate postoperative period. INTRODUCTION: Intravenous zoledronic acid 5 mg (ZOL) given after a hip fracture reduces secondary fracture rates and mortality. It has been postulated that bisphosphonates may affect healing if given...... soon after a fracture. We sought to determine whether the timing of ZOL infusion affected the risk of delayed hip fracture healing. METHODS: In the HORIZON Recurrent Fracture Trial, patients were randomized within 90 days of a low-trauma hip fracture to receive either once-yearly ZOL (n¿=¿1...

  18. Classification of fractures in the area of the ankle joint for practical surgical concerns

    Gay, B.


    For practical surgical concerns we require radiological diagnosis of all injuries, indication for conservative or operative therapy and prognostic evidence in order to classify fractures of the ankle joint. Due to the fact that joint stability is ensured by the fibula and syndesmosis, we prefer classification according to Weber. Fracture types A, B and C are classified according to radiological findings, the pertinent concomitant injuries introduced and differentiated from the special forms of the ''interligamentary fracture'' and ''flake fractures''. Due to the frequency of injury in children of the distal, tibial epiphyseal cartilage we select classification according to Aitken for practical purposes, which differentiates basically between separation and fracture of the epiphysis and makes for prognosis about disturbances in growth. Delimited from ''crush injury'' the Aitken classification is compared to other conventional forms of classification in tabular form.

  19. Do Capacity Coupled Electric Fields Accelerate Tibial Stress Fracture Healing


    MJ, Goll SR, Nichols CE, 3rd, Pollack SR: Prevention and treatment of sciatic denervation disuse osteoporosis in the rat tibia with capacitively...the healing of fractures. J Bone Joint Surg Am 83-A:259-70, 2001 40. Rubin CT, McLeod KJ, Lanyon LE: Prevention of osteoporosis by pulsed...USA Corresponding author Belinda R. Beck, Ph.D. Griffith University School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, PMB 50 Gold Coast Mail Centre Q

  20. CaMKK2 Inhibition in Enhancing Bone Fracture Healing


    mm) retrograde through the distal condyle of the femur. Radiographic analyses were performed to confirm the location and quality of the fractures...costs, loss of productivity and most importantly, loss of patient quality of life. Prolonged healing time and non-union occur in 5-10% of these...male C57BL6 (50) were purchased from Harlan Laboratories (Indianapolis) and housed under a 12-hr light and dark cycle, with food and water provided ad

  1. Temporal Variation in Ankle Fractures and Orthopedic Resident Program Planning in an Urban Level 1 Trauma Center.

    Wynkoop, Aaron; Ndubaku, Osy; Walter, Norman; Atkinson, Theresa

    Previous studies have described the mechanism of ankle fractures, their seasonal variation, and fracture patterns but never in conjunction. In addition, the cohorts previously studied were either not from trauma centers or were often dominated by low-energy mechanisms. The present study aimed to describe the epidemiology of ankle fractures presenting to an urban level 1 trauma center. The records from an urban level 1 trauma center located in the Midwestern United States were retrospectively reviewed, and the injury mechanism and energy, time of injury, day of week, month, and patient characteristics (age, gender, comorbidities, smoking status) were collected. The fractures were classified using the AO (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesefragen), Lauge-Hansen, and Danis-Weber systems. Of these systems, the Lauge-Hansen classification system resulted in the greatest number of "unclassifiable" cases. Most ankle fractures were due to high-energy mechanisms, with motor vehicle collisions the most common high-energy mechanism. The review found that most ankle fractures were malleolar fractures, regardless of the mechanism of injury. The ankle fracture patients had greater rates of obesity, diabetes, and smoking than present in the region where the hospital is located. The fractures were most likely to occur in the afternoon, with more fractures presenting on the weekend than earlier in the week and more fractures in the fall and winter than in the spring and summer. The temporal variation of these fractures should be considered for health services planning, in particular, in regard to resident physician staffing at urban level 1 trauma centers. Copyright © 2017 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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

    Craig R Lareau


    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.

  3. Salvage of a Failed Agility Total Ankle Replacement System Associated with Acute Traumatic Periprosthetic Midfoot Fractures.

    Roukis, Thomas S


    This article presents a rare case involving combined revision of a failed Agility Total Ankle Replacement System (DePuy Orthopaedics, Warsaw, Indiana) and open reduction with internal fixation of periprosthetic midfoot fractures secondary to acute traumatic injury. The rationale for these procedures, the operative sequence of events, and recovery course are presented in detail. Causes for concern regarding subsequent revision, should this be required, are raised.

  4. The perils of spinning class: an open ankle fracture following a spinning exercise session.

    Butler, Daniel P; Henry, Francis P; Ghali, Shadi


    Spinning is an increasingly popular form of cycle-based exercise. The workouts are often of high-intensity and participants are intermittently encouraged to achieve a high crank-set-cadence rate. We report a unique case of an open ankle fracture requiring free flap coverage, which highlights the potential perils of spinning class. Copyright © 2013 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Different effects of age, adiposity and physical activity on the risk of ankle, wrist and hip fractures in postmenopausal women.

    Armstrong, Miranda E G; Cairns, Benjamin J; Banks, Emily; Green, Jane; Reeves, Gillian K; Beral, Valerie


    While increasing age, decreasing body mass index (BMI), and physical inactivity are known to increase hip fracture risk, whether these factors have similar effects on other common fractures is not well established. We used prospectively-collected data from a large cohort to examine the role of these factors on the risk of incident ankle, wrist and hip fractures in postmenopausal women. 1,155,304 postmenopausal participants in the Million Women Study with a mean age of 56.0 (SD 4.8) years, provided information about lifestyle, anthropometric, and reproductive factors at recruitment in 1996-2001. All participants were linked to National Health Service cause-specific hospital records for day-case or overnight admissions. During follow-up for an average of 8.3 years per woman, 6807 women had an incident ankle fracture, 9733 an incident wrist fracture, and 5267 an incident hip fracture. Adjusted absolute and relative risks (RRs) for incident ankle, wrist, and hip fractures were calculated using Cox regression models. Age-specific rates for wrist and hip fractures increased sharply with age, whereas rates for ankle fracture did not. Cumulative absolute risks from ages 50 to 84 years per 100 women were 2.5 (95%CI 2.2-2.8) for ankle fracture, 5.0 (95%CI 4.4-5.5) for wrist fracture, and 6.2 (95%CI 5.5-7.0) for hip fracture. Compared with lean women (BMIfracture (RR=3.07; 95%CI 2.53-3.74), but a substantially reduced risk of wrist fracture and especially of hip fracture (RR=0.57; 0.51-0.64 and 0.23; 0.21-0.27, respectively). Physical activity was associated with a reduced risk of hip fracture but was not associated with ankle or wrist fracture risk. Ankle, wrist and hip fractures are extremely common in postmenopausal women, but the associations with age, adiposity, and physical activity differ substantially between the three fracture sites. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Closed medial total subtalar joint dislocation without ankle fracture: a case report


    Introduction Total subtalar dislocation without fracture of the ankle is a rare clinical entity; it is usually due to a traumatic high-energy mechanism. Standard treatment is successful closed reduction under general anesthesia followed by non-weight bearing and ankle immobilization with a below-knee cast for 6 weeks. Case presentation We present the case of a 30-year-old Moroccan woman who was involved in a road traffic accident. She subsequently received a radiological assessment that objectified a total subtalar dislocation without fracture of her ankle. She was immediately admitted to the operating theater where an immediate reduction was performed under sedation, and immobilization in a plaster boot was adopted for 8 weeks. The management of this traumatic lesion is discussed in the light of the literature. Conclusions Medial subtalar dislocation is a rare dislocation and is not commonly seen as a sports injury because it requires transfer of a large amount of kinetic energy. The weaker talocalcaneal and talonavicular ligaments often bear the brunt of the energy and are more commonly disrupted, compared to the relatively stronger calcaneonavicular ligament. Urgent reduction is important, and closed reduction under general anesthesia is usually successful, often facilitated by keeping the knee in flexion to relax the gastrocnemius muscle. Long-term sequelae include talar avascular necrosis and osteochondral fracture, as well as chronic instability and pain. PMID:25240955

  7. Management of Open Fracture-Dislocation of the Ankle. A Case Report

    Yaniel Truffin Rodriguez


    Full Text Available An open fracture-dislocation of the ankle is a rare injury. The case of a 57-year-old patient without a history of previous diseases who attended the emergency department of the Dr. Gustavo Aldereguía Lima University General Hospital in Cienfuegos after suffering a work-related accident is presented. To repair this serious injury, the surgical cleaning of the joint with antiseptic solutions was performed urgently, the fracture-dislocation was reduced and an osteosynthesis was carried out. Twelve weeks after surgery the patient returned to his previous work.

  8. Effects of Boric Acid on Fracture Healing: An Experimental Study.

    Gölge, Umut Hatay; Kaymaz, Burak; Arpaci, Rabia; Kömürcü, Erkam; Göksel, Ferdi; Güven, Mustafa; Güzel, Yunus; Cevizci, Sibel


    Boric acid (BA) has positive effects on bone tissue. In this study, the effects of BA on fracture healing were evaluated in an animal model. Standard closed femoral shaft fractures were created in 40 male Sprague-Dawley rats under general anesthesia. The rats were allocated into five groups (n = 8 each): group 1, control with no BA; groups 2 and 3, oral BA at doses of 4 and 8 mg/kg/day, respectively; group 4, local BA (8 mg/kg); and group 5, both oral and local BA (8 mg/kg/day orally and 8 mg/kg locally). After closed fracture creation, the fracture line was opened with a mini-incision, and BA was locally administered to the fracture area in groups 4 and 5. In groups 2, 3, and 5, BA was administered by gastric gavage daily until sacrifice. The rats were evaluated by clinical, radiological, and histological examinations. The control group (group 1) significantly differed from the local BA-exposed groups (groups 4 and 5) in the clinical evaluation. Front-rear and lateral radiographs revealed significant differences between the local BA-exposed groups and the control and other groups (p < 0.05). Clinical and radiological evaluations demonstrated adequate agreement between observers. The average histological scores significantly differed across groups (p = 0.007) and were significantly higher in groups 4 and 5 which were the local BA (8 mg/kg) and both oral and local BA (8 mg/kg/day orally and 8 mg/kg locally), respectively, compared to the controls. This study suggests that BA may be useful in fracture healing. Further research is required to demonstrate the most effective local dosage and possible use of BA-coated implants.

  9. Therapeutic ultrasound in fracture healing: The mechanism of osteoinduction

    John P


    Full Text Available Background: Ultrasound has been used therapeutically for accelerating fracture healing since many years. However, the controversy on the exact mechanism of osteoinduction still continues. In this study, we try to bring out the exact biomolecular mechanism by which ultrasound induces fracture healing. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted in two phases: animal experiments and clinical study. In the first phase, we induced fractures on the left tibia of Wistar strain rats under anaesthesia. They were divided into two groups. One of the groups was given low-intensity, pulsed ultrasound (30 MW/cm 2 20 min a day for 10 days. Tissue samples and radiographs were taken weekly for 3 weeks from both the groups. In the second phase of our study, ten patients with fractures of the distal end of the radius (ten fractures were included. Five of these were treated as cases, and five were treated as controls. Ultrasound was given 30 MW/cm 2 for 20 min every day for 2 weeks. The patients were assessed radiologically and sonologically before and after ultrasound therapy. Tissue samples were studied with thymidine incorporation test with and without adding various neurotransmitter combinations. Results: Radiological findings revealed that there was an increased callus formation in the ultrasound group. At the cellular level, there was an increased thymidine incorporation in the ultrasound group. When various neurotransmitters were added to the cells, there was an increased thymidine incorporation in the ultrasound group. In the second phase of the study, radiological and sonological assessments showed that there was an increased callus formation in the ultrasound group. In cytological study, thymidine incorporation was found to be increased in the ultrasound group. Conclusions: The results of animal and clinical studies demonstrated an early and increased callus formation in the ultrasound group. Cytological studies revealed increased thymidine

  10. Stress fractures of the ankle malleoli diagnosed by ultrasound: a report of 6 cases

    Bianchi, Stefano [CIM SA, Cabinet Imagerie Medicale, Geneve (Switzerland); Luong, Dien Hung [CIM SA, Cabinet Imagerie Medicale, Geneve (Switzerland); University of Montreal, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Montreal (Canada)


    To present the ultrasound appearance of stress fractures (SF) of the ankle malleoli. We present a retrospective review of 6 patients (4 women and 2 men, with an age range of 24-52 years, mean age of 39 years) in which ultrasound diagnosed, together with the clinical findings, an SF of the ankle malleoli. For all of these patients ultrasound was the first imaging technique applied because of a clinical suspicion of soft tissue injuries following excessive exertion. Patients were subsequently examined using standard radiographs and/or MRI. At ultrasound patients showed thickening of the periosteum in all patients, calcified bone callus was evident in 3 out of 6 patients. Cortical irregularities and subcutaneous oedema were found in all but one patient. Colour Doppler showed local hypervascular changes in all patients. Local compression with the transducers during real-time scanning increased pain in all cases. Ultrasound, together with the clinical findings, can diagnose an SF of the ankle malleoli. We suggest that sonologists should include malleolar SF in their differential diagnosis, particularly in the case of perimalleolar pain from over-solicitation. They must also include, as part of every ultrasound examination of the ankle, the evaluation of both malleoli and should be aware of the ultrasound appearance of malleolar SF. If the diagnosis remains uncertain, an MRI should be prescribed. (orig.)

  11. Effect of early or delayed treatment upon healing of mandibular fractures: a systematic literature review

    Hermund, Niels Ulrich; Hillerup, Søren; Kofod, Thomas


    The possible relation between treatment delay and healing complications in mandibular fracture treatment (excluding condylar fractures) was reviewed systematically. Twenty-two studies were identified. No randomized studies focused on the effect of immediate or delayed treatment. The main focus...

  12. Neutrophils contribute to fracture healing by synthesizing fibronectin+ extracellular matrix rapidly after injury

    Bastian, Okan W.; Koenderman, Leo; Alblas, Jacqueline; Leenen, Luke P H; Blokhuis, Taco J.


    The role of inflammatory cells in bone regeneration remains unclear. We hypothesize that leukocytes contribute to fracture healing by rapidly synthesizing an "emergency extracellular matrix (ECM)" before stromal cells infiltrate the fracture hematoma (FH) and synthesize the eventual collagenous bone

  13. Urine matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) as biomarkers for the progression of fracture healing.

    Wigner, Nathan A; Kulkarni, Nitin; Yakavonis, Mark; Young, Megan; Tinsley, Brian; Meeks, Brett; Einhorn, Thomas A; Gerstenfeld, Louis C


    Whilst the majority of fractures heal normally, it is estimated that ∼10% of fractures exhibit some level of delayed or impaired healing. Although radiography is the primary diagnostic tool to assess the progression of fracture healing, radiographic features only qualitatively correlate with tissue level increases in mineral content and do not quantitatively measure underlying biological processes that are associated with the progression of healing. Specific metaloproteinases have been shown to be essential to processes of both angiogenesis and mineralised cartilage resorption and bone remodelling at different phases of fracture healing. The aim of this study was to determine the potential of using a simple urine based assay of the activity of two MMPs as a means of assessing the biological progression of fracture healing through the endochondral phase of healing. Using a standard mid-diaphyseal murine model of femoral fracture, MMP9 and MMP13 proteins and enzymatic activity levels were quantified in the urine of mice across the time-course of fracture healing and compared to the mRNA and protein expression profiles in the calluses. Both urinary MMP9 and MMP13 protein and enzymatic activity levels, assessed by Western blot, zymogram and specific MMP fluorometric substrate assays, corresponded to mRNA expression and immunohistologic assays of the proteins within callus tissues. These studies suggest that urinary levels of MMP9 and MMP13 may have potential as metabolic markers to monitor the progression of fracture healing.

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

    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.

  15. Ankle post-traumatic osteoarthritis: a CT arthrography study in patients with bi- and trimalleolar fractures

    Kraniotis, Pantelis; Petsas, Theodore [University Hospital of Patras, Department of Radiology, Rion, Patras (Greece); Maragkos, Spyridon; Tyllianakis, Minos [University Hospital of Patras, Department of Orthopedics, Rion, Patras (Greece); Karantanas, Apostolos H. [University Hospital, Heraklion, Department of Medical Imaging, Stavrakia, Crete (Greece)


    To detect radiographically occult cartilage lesions using CT arthrography (CTa) in patients with malleolar fractures treated with open reduction internal fixation and to correlate the lesions with the functional outcome score. Twenty-one patients (13 men and 8 women, mean age 35 years, range 16-55) underwent ankle CTa after a mean postoperative period of 565 days (range 271-756). CTa images were analyzed by two radiologists. Articular surface post-traumatic collapse and subsequent cartilage defects or erosions were recorded in millimeters and in a binary mode (i.e., present if >50% of cartilage thickness) respectively. The functional outcome was assessed using the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) score by two orthopaedic surgeons. The statistical analysis correlated the AOFAS score with both imaging parameters and was performed with ANOVA using the MedCalc statistical package, version 11.3. Of the total of 12 articular surface steps recorded, 2/12 (16.67%) were anterolateral, 4/12 (33.33%) posterolateral, 5/12 (41.67%) anteromedial, and 1/12(8.33%) posteromedial. Of the total of 42 cartilage lesions, 7/42 (16.67%) were anterolateral, 14/42 (33.33%) posterolateral, 12/42 (28.57%) anteromedial, and 9/42 (21.43%) posteromedial. The mean AOFAS score was 8.67 (range 5.95-9.70). There was no statistically significant correlation between the AOFAS score and the post-traumatic internal derangement of the ankle joint (p = 0.524). CTa detects radiographically silent cartilage lesions in patients with fractures of the ankle joint. There is no correlation of the extent of lesions and the patient's AOFAS score. (orig.)

  16. Increase in bone protein components with healing rat fractures: enhancement by zinc treatment.

    Igarashi, A; Yamaguchi, M


    The alteration in bone components in the femoral-diaphyseal tissues with fracture healing was investigated. Rats were sacrificed 7 and 14 days after the femoral fracture. Protein content in the femoral-diaphyseal tissues was markedly elevated by fracture healing. Analysis with sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis showed that many protein molecules were induced in the diaphyseal tissues with fracture healing. Moreover, when the femoral-diaphyseal tissues with fracture healing were cultured for 24 and 48 h in a serum-free medium, many proteins in the bone tissues were released into the medium. Also, the culture of the diaphyseal tissues with fracture healing caused a significant increase in bone alkaline phosphatase activity and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) content. Meanwhile, the presence of zinc acexamate (10-5 and 10-4 M), a stimulator of bone formation, in a culture medium induced a significant elevation of protein content and alkaline phosphatase activity in the diaphyseal tissues with fracture healing. Such an effect was completely abolished by the presence of cycloheximide (10-6 M), an inhibitor of protein synthesis. The present study suggests that fracture healing induces a newly synthesized bone protein component including stimulatory factor(s) for bone formation. Zinc supplementation may stimulate the healing of femoral fracture.

  17. Effects of a training program after surgically treated ankle fracture: a prospective randomised controlled trial

    Ekdahl Charlotte S


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Despite conflicting results after surgically treated ankle fractures few studies have evaluated the effects of different types of training programs performed after plaster removal. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of a 12-week standardised but individually suited training program (training group versus usual care (control group after plaster removal in adults with surgically treated ankle fractures. Methods In total, 110 men and women, 18-64 years of age, with surgically treated ankle fracture were included and randomised to either a 12-week training program or to a control group. Six and twelve months after the injury the subjects were examined by the same physiotherapist who was blinded to the treatment group. The main outcome measure was the Olerud-Molander Ankle Score (OMAS which rates symptoms and subjectively scored function. Secondary outcome measures were: quality of life (SF-36, timed walking tests, ankle mobility tests, muscle strength tests and radiological status. Results 52 patients were randomised to the training group and 58 to the control group. Five patients dropped out before the six-month follow-up resulting in 50 patients in the training group and 55 in the control group. Nine patients dropped out between the six- and twelve-month follow-up resulting in 48 patients in both groups. When analysing the results in a mixed model analysis on repeated measures including interaction between age-group and treatment effect the training group demonstrated significantly improved results compared to the control group in subjects younger than 40 years of age regarding OMAS (p = 0.028, muscle strength in the plantar flexors (p = 0.029 and dorsiflexors (p = 0.030. Conclusion The results of this study suggest that when adjusting for interaction between age-group and treatment effect the training model employed in this study was superior to usual care in patients under the age of 40. However, as only three

  18. Arthroscopy-Assisted Closed Reduction and Percutaneous Nail Fixation of Unstable Ankle Fractures: Description of a Minimally Invasive Procedure

    Kong, Christopher; Kolla, Lee; Wing, Kevin; Younger, Alastair S.E.


    When one is surgically managing an unstable ankle fracture, anatomic reduction of the syndesmosis is typically accomplished using an open surgical approach. We propose an arthroscopically assisted technique that restores normal anatomy while using a percutaneously placed intramedullary nail to fix the fibula. The patient is positioned supine, and the ankle is placed under traction by use of a tensor bandage. Standard anteromedial and anterolateral arthroscopy portals are used. The joint is ex...

  19. Osteonecrosis of the distal tibia after a pronation external rotation ankle fracture: literature review and management.

    Rajagopalan, S; Lloyd, J; Upadhyay, Vishal; Sangar, A; Taylor, H P


    Posttraumatic osteonecrosis of the distal tibia is a rare but recognized complication of Weber C ankle fractures. To our knowledge, we report the first documented case managed with early percutaneous drilling of the defect. The patient noticed an improvement in symptoms, and magnetic resonance imaging confirmed resolution of the avascular area. The previously reported complication of secondary periarticular collapse and subsequent osteoarthritis was avoided. We advocate that a high index of suspicion, early detection, and drilling can encourage neovascularisation and prevent secondary joint destruction.

  20. Association between timing of zoledronic acid infusion and hip fracture healing

    Colón-Emeric, C; Nordsletten, L; Olson, S


    Patients in the Health Outcomes and Reduced Incidence with Zoledronic Acid Once Yearly (HORIZON) Recurrent Fracture Trial were assessed for evidence of delayed hip fracture healing. No association was observed between zoledronic acid (ZOL) and delayed healing. We conclude that ZOL has no clinical...

  1. Effectiveness of Teriparatide on Fracture Healing: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

    Shi, Zhongju; Zhou, Hengxing; Pan, Bin; Lu, Lu; Liu, Jun; Kang, Yi; Yao, Xue; Feng, Shiqing


    Purpose Nowadays, the efficacy of teriparatide in treating osteoporosis was widely accepted, but the discussion about using teriparatide to enhance fracture healing hasn’t come to an agreement. This meta-analysis was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of teriparatide for fracture healing. Methods We searched PubMed, the Cochrane Library, and Embase in August 2016 for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) which concerned the treatment of teriparatide for fracture healing. Results Finally, a total of 380 patients were randomly assigned in the 5 trials included in this meta-analysis. There was a significant effectiveness with regards to function improvement in patients following fracture, however, there was no significant effectiveness with regards to time of radiographic fracture healing, fracture healing rate and reduction in pain. Conclusions This analysis showed that administration of teriparatide following fracture lacked the effectiveness for fracture healing. Moreover, teriparatide administration had no apparent adverse effects. These results should be interpreted with caution because of some clear limitations. If we want to confirm whether teriparatide improves fracture healing, more high-quality randomized controlled trials are needed. PMID:27997614

  2. The impact of lifestyle risk factors on the rate of infection after surgery for a fracture of the ankle

    Olsen, L L; Møller, A M; Brorson, S


    risk factors for the development of infection following surgery for a fracture of the ankle. This large study brings new evidence concerning these common risk factors; although prospective studies are needed to confirm causality. Cite this article: Bone Joint J 2017;99-B:225-30.......AIMS: Lifestyle risk factors are thought to increase the risk of infection after acute orthopaedic surgery but the evidence is scarce. We aimed to investigate whether smoking, obesity and alcohol overuse are risk factors for the development of infections after surgery for a fracture of the ankle....... PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all patients who underwent internal fixation of a fracture of the ankle between 2008 and 2013. The primary outcome was the rate of deep infection and the secondary outcome was any surgical site infection (SSI). Associations with the risk factors...

  3. Functional outcomes after fibula locking nail for fragility fractures of the ankle.

    Rajeev, Aysha; Senevirathna, Shanaka; Radha, Sarkhell; Kashayap, N S


    The aim of the present study was to assess the functional outcome of fragility fractures of the ankle treated with a fibular locking nail. A retrospective review of 24 patients with fragility fractures treated with a fibular locking nail from January 2005 to December 2007 was performed. The fibular nail used in our study was Biomet SST (stainless steel taper) small bone locking nail for the fibula. The Olerud and Molander scale was used to assess the functional outcome at the end of 1 year. The domains of the Olerud and Molander scale are pain, stiffness, swelling, stair climbing, running, jumping, squatting, support, and the activities of daily living. The patients were interviewed by telephone or the questionnaire was send by mail. Of the 24 patients, 2 were men and 22 were women. The left side was affected in 15 patients. The age group ranged from 71 to 91 years (average, 79). Of the fractures, 10 were lateral alveolus, 8 were bimalleolar, and 6 were trimalleolar fractures. All the patients were followed up at 6 weeks, 12 weeks, and after 6 months. The average period to fracture union was 8.7 weeks. No wound breakdown or any deep infections developed. The average Olerud and Molander scale score was 57 (range 30 to 65). The use of fibular locking nails to treat these difficult fracture are quite crucial to achieve early mobilization and also to maintain a good fracture position. In our study, the use of fibular nails was a very useful and successful method of treating fragility fractures with a very low risk of complications. It also helps to restore function and results in patient satisfaction.

  4. Immunohistochemical localization of key arachidonic acid metabolism enzymes during fracture healing in mice.

    Hsuan-Ni Lin

    Full Text Available This study investigated the localization of critical enzymes involved in arachidonic acid metabolism during the initial and regenerative phases of mouse femur fracture healing. Previous studies found that loss of cyclooxygenase-2 activity impairs fracture healing while loss of 5-lipoxygenase activity accelerates healing. These diametric results show that arachidonic acid metabolism has an essential function during fracture healing. To better understand the function of arachidonic acid metabolism during fracture healing, expression of cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1, cyclooxygenase -2 (COX-2, 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO, and leukotriene A4 hydrolase (LTA4H was localized by immunohistochemistry in time-staged fracture callus specimens. All four enzymes were detected in leukocytes present in the bone marrow and attending inflammatory response that accompanied the fracture. In the tissues surrounding the fracture site, the proportion of leukocytes expressing COX-1, COX-2, or LTA4H decreased while those expressing 5-LO remained high at 4 and 7 days after fracture. This may indicate an inflammation resolution function for 5-LO during fracture healing. Only COX-1 was consistently detected in fracture callus osteoblasts during the later stages of healing (day 14 after fracture. In contrast, callus chondrocytes expressed all four enzymes, though 5-LO appeared to be preferentially expressed in newly differentiated chondrocytes. Most interestingly, osteoclasts consistently and strongly expressed COX-2. In addition to bone surfaces and the growth plate, COX-2 expressing osteoclasts were localized at the chondro-osseous junction of the fracture callus. These observations suggest that arachidonic acid mediated signaling from callus chondrocytes or from callus osteoclasts at the chondro-osseous junction regulate fracture healing.

  5. Ankle ligament injuries

    Per A.F.H. Renström


    that is refractory to conservative measures and bracing as outlined above, surgical treatment must address the subtalar joint as well. Subtalar ligament injury and instability are probably more common than appreciated. Definition and diagnosis of this entity are difficult, however. Fortunately, it appears that in the majority of the acute injuries healing occurs with the same functional rehabilitation program as that for lateral ankle ligament sprains. For chronic subtalar instability an intial attempt at functional rehabilitation with ankle proprioceptive training and bracing should be attempted. If this program fails primary repair or reconstruction can be beneficial. Reconstructive procedures must address the subtalar joint. Subtalar instability often occurs in conjunction with talocrural instability, so careful diagnosis is critical in anyone with chronic ankle instability. If either is not addressed, the patient will continue to have problems. Deltoid ligament injuries most often occur in association with ankle fractures. They are rare as isolated injuries. If no fracture is evident on radiographs, particular attention must be paid to the syndesmosis to ensure there is not an associated syndesmosis disruption. True isolated deltoid injuries seem to do well with non-operative functional treatment as for lateral ankle ligament injuries. Deltoid ruptures associated with ankle fractures appear to heal well by addressing the other injuries and allowing the deltoid to heal on its own. It is vital to correct any syndesmosis injury and to obtain correct bony alignment. Syndesmosis injuries can be debilitating if not treated properly. Careful physical exam and interpretation of radiographs is necessary to obtain a correct diagnosis. Partial injuries appear to do well with functional rehabilitation. However, complete tears, if widening is not corrected, can lead to chronic ankle pain and early degenerative changes. Widening of the syndesmosis with a tear of the inferior

  6. The V sign in lateral talar process fractures: an experimental study using a foot and ankle model.

    Jentzsch, Thorsten; Hasler, Anita; Renner, Niklas; Peterhans, Manuel; Sutter, Reto; Espinosa, Norman; Wirth, Stephan H


    Lateral talar process fractures (LTPF) are often missed on conventional radiographs. A positive V sign is an interruption of the contour of the LTP. It has been suggested, but not proven to be pathognomonic for LTPF. The objective was to study whether the V sign is pathognomonic for LTPF and if it can be properly assessed in different ankle positions and varying fracture types. An experimental study was conducted. Two investigators assessed lateral radiographs (n = 108) of a foot and ankle model. The exposure variables were different ankle positions and fracture types. The primary outcome was the correct detection of a V sign. The secondary outcomes were the detection of the V sign depending on ankle position and fracture type as well as the uncertainty. The interobserver agreement on the V sign and type of fracture were fair (κ = 0.35, 95% CI 0.18-0.53, p V sign were 77% (95% CI 67-86%), 59% (95% CI 39-78%), 85% (95% CI 75-92%), 46% (95% CI 29-63%), and 2. The mean uncertainty in the V sign detection was 38%. The V sign identification stratified by ankle position and fracture type showed significant better results with increasing inversion (p = 0.035 and p = 0.011) and type B fractures (p = 0.001 and p = 0.013). The V sign may not be pathognomonic and is not recommended as the only modality for the detection of LTPF. It is better visualized with inversion, but does not depend on plantar flexion or internal rotation. It is also better seen in type B fractures. It is difficult to detect and investigator-dependent. It may be helpful in a clinical setting to point into a direction, but a CT scan may be used if in doubt about a LTPF.

  7. Three-dimensional evaluation of healing joint morphology after closed treatment of condylar fractures.

    Yamashita, Y; Inoue, M; Aijima, R; Danjo, A; Goto, M


    Closed treatment for condylar fractures has long been widely accepted. With closed treatment, the deviated bone fragments heal in their new positions, and this may subsequently cause a range of functional impairments. The association between healing morphology and post-treatment functional impairment is unclear. In this study, computed tomography images of 26 patients (35 sides) who had undergone closed treatment for condylar fractures were used to perform a comparative investigation of three-dimensional (3D) bone morphology before and after treatment. As a result, the morphology of the condylar process after treatment was classified into four different patterns: unchanged, spherical, L-shaped, and detached. In terms of the association between fracture types and healing morphology, fractures of the condylar head healed in the spherical pattern, simple fractures of the condylar neck healed in the spherical or L-shaped pattern, and comminuted fractures of the condylar neck healed in the spherical, L-shaped, or detached pattern. The association between mandibular deviation and healing morphology was also investigated, and it was found that deviation was greater for the spherical and detached patterns than for the L-shaped pattern. The present findings indicate that 3D evaluation of the fractured condylar process is required to elucidate the association with functional impairment after healing.

  8. 踝关节骨折合并Tillaux-Chaput和Volkmann骨折的临床特点及治疗方法%Characteristic and treatment of ankle fracture combined with Tillaux-Chaput and Volkmann fractures

    辛景义; 刘忠玉; 严成渊


    -Chaput fracture,among whom 7 were diagnosed by CT scan.Classified by Lauge-Hansen system,ankle fracture could be divided into pronation-exterual rotation type in 4 cases,and pronation-abduction type in 11 cases.The fracture of fibula and the Volkmann tubercle were treated through the posterolateral approach.The fibular fracture was fixed with plate.The medial malleolar fracture was explored from medial curve approach.Tillaux-Chaput fracture was treated by the mierotubule cut.All patients were assessed with the ankle hindfoot clinical rating system of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS).Results All patients were followed up for 8-20 months (average,12.5 months).The fracture healed 12-36 weeks later in all the 15 patients,with an average of 23.5 weeks.Twelve patients walked normally and 3 with mild claudication in the last follow-up.The AOFAS score was average 85.4 points,9 were excellent,4 were good,2were fair,with the good-excellent rate being 86.7% (13/15).The movement of ankle joint limited in 3 patients,tenderness occurred when weight bearing in 3 patients.Conclusion The ankle fracture include the simultaneous fractures of Tillaux-Chaput and Volkmann were more seen in the type of pronation-abduction.It is often misdiagnosis by the photograph; CT scan should be helpful to find the fracture fragments.The exact reduction and stable fixation were needed in the treatment of the ankle fracture combined with Tillaux-Chaput and Volkmann fractures.Inferior tibia fibular screw was not routinely used in this fracture.

  9. Transcriptional Analysis of Fracture Healing and the Induction of Embryonic Stem Cell–Related Genes

    Bais, Manish; McLean, Jody; Sebastiani, Paola; Young, Megan; Wigner, Nathan; Smith, Temple; Kotton, Darrell N.; Einhorn, Thomas A; Gerstenfeld, Louis C.


    Fractures are among the most common human traumas. Fracture healing represents a unique temporarily definable post-natal process in which to study the complex interactions of multiple molecular events that regulate endochondral skeletal tissue formation. Because of the regenerative nature of fracture healing, it is hypothesized that large numbers of post-natal stem cells are recruited and contribute to formation of the multiple cell lineages that contribute to this process. Bayesian modeling ...

  10. A Feasibility study on Monitoring of Fracture Healing by Electric Stimulation-A study on 2 tibial fracture cases

    S. Kumaravel


    Full Text Available Sufferings associated with broken limbs have been on an exponential increase in India, mainly due to road accidents. Conventional healing and uniting methods takes any where between 1 ½ to 6 months depending on the nature of the fracture and the speed of reporting for medical care .In an effort to speed up the healing process low voltage electric stimulation has been tried and has been found to cut down the healing time by nearly 30% depending on the fracture-history. Also the course of fracture healing has been traced and definite trends during the process identified.Two case studies of fractures of the leg bone through electric stimulation indicate identical trends in the healingprocess.

  11. Transcriptional analysis of fracture healing and the induction of embryonic stem cell-related genes.

    Manish Bais

    Full Text Available Fractures are among the most common human traumas. Fracture healing represents a unique temporarily definable post-natal process in which to study the complex interactions of multiple molecular events that regulate endochondral skeletal tissue formation. Because of the regenerative nature of fracture healing, it is hypothesized that large numbers of post-natal stem cells are recruited and contribute to formation of the multiple cell lineages that contribute to this process. Bayesian modeling was used to generate the temporal profiles of the transcriptome during fracture healing. The temporal relationships between ontologies that are associated with various biologic, metabolic, and regulatory pathways were identified and related to developmental processes associated with skeletogenesis, vasculogenesis, and neurogenesis. The complement of all the expressed BMPs, Wnts, FGFs, and their receptors were related to the subsets of transcription factors that were concurrently expressed during fracture healing. We further defined during fracture healing the temporal patterns of expression for 174 of the 193 genes known to be associated with human genetic skeletal disorders. In order to identify the common regulatory features that might be present in stem cells that are recruited during fracture healing to other types of stem cells, we queried the transcriptome of fracture healing against that seen in embryonic stem cells (ESCs and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs. Approximately 300 known genes that are preferentially expressed in ESCs and approximately 350 of the known genes that are preferentially expressed in MSCs showed induction during fracture healing. Nanog, one of the central epigenetic regulators associated with ESC stem cell maintenance, was shown to be associated in multiple forms or bone repair as well as MSC differentiation. In summary, these data present the first temporal analysis of the transcriptome of an endochondral bone formation process

  12. Disadvantages of interfragmentary shear on fracture healing--mechanical insights through numerical simulation.

    Steiner, Malte; Claes, Lutz; Ignatius, Anita; Simon, Ulrich; Wehner, Tim


    The outcome of secondary fracture healing processes is strongly influenced by interfragmentary motion. Shear movement is assumed to be more disadvantageous than axial movement, however, experimental results are contradictory. Numerical fracture healing models allow simulation of the fracture healing process with variation of single input parameters and under comparable, normalized mechanical conditions. Thus, a comparison of the influence of different loading directions on the healing process is possible. In this study we simulated fracture healing under several axial compressive, and translational and torsional shear movement scenarios, and compared their respective healing times. Therefore, we used a calibrated numerical model for fracture healing in sheep. Numerous variations of movement amplitudes and musculoskeletal loads were simulated for the three loading directions. Our results show that isolated axial compression was more beneficial for the fracture healing success than both isolated shearing conditions for load and displacement magnitudes which were identical as well as physiological different, and even for strain-based normalized comparable conditions. Additionally, torsional shear movements had less impeding effects than translational shear movements. Therefore, our findings suggest that osteosynthesis implants can be optimized, in particular, to limit translational interfragmentary shear under musculoskeletal loading. © 2014 Orthopaedic Research Society. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Simulated microgravity alters the expression of key genes involved in fracture healing

    McCabe, N. Patrick; Androjna, Caroline; Hill, Esther; Globus, Ruth K.; Midura, Ronald J.


    Fracture healing in animal models has been shown to be altered in both ground based analogs of spaceflight and in those exposed to actual spaceflight. The molecular mechanisms behind altered fracture healing as a result of chronic exposure to microgravity remain to be elucidated. This study investigates temporal gene expression of multiple factors involved in secondary fracture healing, specifically those integral to the development of a soft tissue callus and the transition to that of hard tissue. Skeletally mature female rats were subjected to a 4 week period of simulated microgravity and then underwent a closed femoral fracture procedure. Thereafter, they were reintroduced to the microgravity and allowed to heal for a 1 or 2 week period. A synchronous group of weight bearing rats was used as a normal fracture healing control. Utilizing Real-Time quantitative PCR on mRNA from fracture callus tissue, we found significant reductions in the levels of transcripts associated with angiogenesis, chondrogenesis, and osteogenesis. These data suggest an altered fracture healing process in a simulated microgravity environment, and these alterations begin early in the healing process. These findings may provide mechanistic insight towards developing countermeasure protocols to mitigate these adaptations.

  14. A Biomechanical Comparison of Locking Versus Conventional Plate Fixation for Distal Fibula Fractures in Trimalleolar Ankle Injuries.

    Nguyentat, Annie; Camisa, William; Patel, Sandeep; Lagaay, Pieter


    Previous biomechanical studies have advocated the use of locking plates for isolated distal fibula fractures in osteoporotic bone. Complex rotational ankle injuries involve an increased number of fractures, which can result in instability, potentially requiring the same fixed angle properties afforded by locking plates. However, the mechanical indication for locking plate technology has not been tested in this fracture model. The purpose of the present study was to compare the biomechanical properties of locking and conventional plate fixation for distal fibula fractures in trimalleolar ankle injuries. Fourteen (7 matched pairs) fresh-frozen cadaver leg specimens were used. The bone mineral density of each was obtained using dual x-ray absorptiometry scans. The fracture model simulated an OTA 44-B3.3 fracture. The syndesmosis was not disrupted. Each fracture was fixated in the same fashion, except for the distal fibula plate construct: locking (n = 7) and one-third tubular (n = 7). The specimens underwent axial and torsional cyclic loading, followed by torsional loading to failure. No statistically significant differences were found between the locking and conventional plate constructs during both fatigue and torque to failure testing (p > .05). Our specimen bone mineral density averages did not represent poor bone quality. The clinical implication of the present study is that distal fibular locking plates do not provide a mechanical advantage for trimalleolar ankle injuries in individuals with normal bone density and in the absence of fracture comminution. Copyright © 2016 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Ankle fractures and alcoholism. The influence of alcoholism on morbidity after malleolar fractures

    Tønnesen, H; Pedersen, A; Jensen, M R


    The postoperative morbidity after osteosynthesis of malleolar fractures was investigated retrospectively by comparing 90 alcohol abusers with 90 controls. The two groups were selected from 626 male patients and were matched regarding trauma, treatment for cardiovascular, pulmonary and endocrine...

  16. Teriparatide Improves Fracture Healing and Early Functional Recovery in Treatment of Osteoporotic Intertrochanteric Fractures.

    Huang, Tsan-Wen; Chuang, Po-Yao; Lin, Shih-Jie; Lee, Chien-Yin; Huang, Kuo-Chin; Shih, Hsin-Nung; Lee, Mel S; Hsu, Robert Wen-Wei; Shen, Wun-Jer


    Osteoporotic intertrochanteric fractures result in serious health problems and decrease health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Faster time-to-union is important for early return to daily activities and reduction of complications. Teriparatide has been shown to accelerate fracture healing, but the literature is sparse on this topic. The aim of this study is to assess whether teriparatide accelerates fracture healing.Between 2008 and 2014, patients with osteoporotic intertrochanteric fractures who underwent surgical interventions were enrolled in this retrospective cohort study. Group 1 included patients who were not on any osteoporosis medication prior to fracture and who postoperatively received only calcium and vitamin D; patients in Group 2 were not on any osteoporosis medication prior to fracture, and received teriparatide and calcium and vitamin D postoperatively. Patients in Group 3 were those who were on alendronate prior to fracture and postfracture received teriparatide as well as calcium and vitamin D. Demographics, time-to-union, HRQoL (short-form health survey [SF]-12 physical component summary [PCS] and SF-12 mental component summary [MCS]), morbidities, mortalities, and radiographic and functional outcomes between groups were compared.A total of 189 patients were enrolled in this study. There were 83 patients in Group 1, 47 patients in Group 2, and 59 patients in Group 3. A significantly shorter time-to-union was found in the teriparatide-treated groups (mean, 13.6, 12.3, and 10.6 weeks, respectively [P = 0.002]). With regard to SF-12 PCS, the scores were significantly better in teriparatide-treated groups at 3 months (mean, 19, 28, and 29, respectively [P = 0.002]) and 6 months (mean, 28, 37, and 38, respectively [P = 0.008]). Similar inter-group differences were noted when comparing the pain scores, the ability to get around the house, the ability to get out of the house, and the ability to go shopping at 3 and 6 months. Complications

  17. Evaluation of the integrity of the deltoid ligament in supination external rotation ankle fractures: a systematic review of the literature

    van den Bekerom, M.P.J.; Mutsaerts, E.L.A.R.; van Dijk, C.N.


    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Review the literature concerning modalities to evaluate the integrity of the deltoid ligament in patients with supination external rotation ankle fractures. METHODS: The electronic databases Pubmed/Medline, CINAHL and Embase were searched from 1987 to November 2007 to

  18. Ultrasonography as a diagnostic tool in assessing deltoid ligament injury in supination external rotation fractures of the ankle.

    Henari, Shwan


    The medial deltoid ligament is the primary stabilizing structure in the ankle joint following lateral malleolar fracture. However, medial deltoid ligament ruptures are difficult to diagnose using current imaging modalities. We hypothesized that ultrasonography can be used to accurately allow early clinical assessment of ankle fracture stability, thereby negating the need to perform plain film stress views of the acutely injured ankle. This prospective study included 12 patients (age range, 18-72) with supination external rotation fractures requiring operative fixation. Following induction of anesthesia, ultrasonography examination was performed, followed by an arthrogram under fluoroscopic screening. Radiographs, ultrasonography, and arthrographic findings were compared. There was 100% correlation between ultrasonography and arthrogram findings. Ultrasonography accurately diagnosed medial deltoid rupture with a sensitivity of 100% and specificity of 100%. Plain film radiographs of the ankle had a sensitivity of 57.1% and a specificity of 60%. The difference between these was significant (χ(2)=.0091). This study demonstrates diagnostic ultrasonography to be an accurate diagnostic modality in assessing medial deltoid ligament integrity in patients with supination external rotation fractures. It offers the same sensitivity and specificity as arthrography without the need for additional invasive procedures. Its relative ease of use and lack of ionizing radiation make it a potentially useful tool, particularly in a busy trauma service.

  19. Evaluation of the integrity of the deltoid ligament in supination external rotation ankle fractures: a systematic review of the literature

    van den Bekerom, M.P.J.; Mutsaerts, E.L.A.R.; van Dijk, C.N.


    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Review the literature concerning modalities to evaluate the integrity of the deltoid ligament in patients with supination external rotation ankle fractures. METHODS: The electronic databases Pubmed/Medline, CINAHL and Embase were searched from 1987 to November 2007 to identif

  20. Comparison in bone turnover markers during early healing of femoral neck fracture and trochanteric fracture in elderly patients

    Shota Ikegami


    Full Text Available Healing of fractures is different for each bone and bone turnover markers may reflect the fracture healing process. The purpose of this study was to determine the characteristic changes in bone turnover markers during the fracture healing process. The subjects were consecutive patients with femoral neck or trochanteric fracture who underwent surgery and achieved bone union. There were a total of 39 patients, including 33 women and 6 men. There were 18 patients (16 women and 2 men with femoral neck fracture and 21 patients (17 women and 4 men with trochanteric fracture. Serum bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (BAP was measured as a bone formation marker. Urine and serum levels of N-terminal telopeptide of type I collagen (NTX, as well as urine levels of C-terminal telopeptide of type I collagen (CTX and deoxypyridinoline (DPD, were measured as markers of bone resorption. All bone turnover markers showed similar changes in patients with either type of fracture, but significantly higher levels of both bone formation and resorption markers were observed in trochanteric fracture patients than in neck fracture patients. BAP showed similar levels at one week after surgery and then increased. Bone resorption markers were increased after surgery in patients with either fracture. The markers reached their peak values at three weeks (BAP and urinary NTX, five weeks (serum NTX and DPD, and 2-3 weeks (CTX after surgery. The increase in bone turnover markers after hip fracture surgery and the subsequent decrease may reflect increased bone formation and remodeling during the healing process. Both fractures had a similar bone turnover marker profile, but the extent of the changes differed between femoral neck and trochanteric fractures.

  1. Fracture behaviour of a self-healing microcapsule-loaded epoxy system


    Full Text Available The effect of temperature on the fracture behaviour of a microcapsule-loaded epoxy matrix was investigated. Microencapsulated epoxy and mercaptan-derivative healing agents were incorporated into an epoxy matrix to produce a polymer composite capable of self-healing. Maximum fracture loads were measured using the double-torsion method. Thermal aging at 55 and 110°C for 17 hours [hrs] was applied to heal the pre-cracked samples. The addition of microcapsules appeared to increase significantly the load carrying capacity of the epoxy after healing. Once healed, the composites achieved as much as 93–171% of its virgin maximum fracture load at 18, 55 and 110°C. The fracture behavior of the microcapsule- loaded epoxy matrix was influenced by the healing temperature. The high self-healing efficiency may be attributed to the result of the subsurface micro-crack pinning or deviation, and to a stronger microencapsulated epoxy and mercaptanderivative binder than that of the bulk epoxy. The results show that the healing temperature has a significant effect on recovery of load transferring capability after fracture.


    楼国祥; 张先龙


    Objective To elucidate the influence of osteoporosis on the fracture healing in ovariectomized rat. Methods 24 females 8-month-old SD rats were divided randomly into two groups.12 were sham-operated(Sham)and 12 were bilaterally ovariectomized(OVX) 3 months later.The femoral fracture model were made in both groups,the healing process was observed by transmission electron microscopy(TEM) on d3,d7,d14,d21,d28,and d42 after making fracture in control groups(Sham) and the osteoporosis group(OVX).Results According to the TEM findings,the types of fracture healing cells,their ultrastructure changes and functional states were almost identical in both groups till d21 after making fracture.In OVX group,the calcified cartilage was not resorbed and replaced by new woven bone,a lot of necrosis chondrocytes were found being embedded in a calcified chondroid matrix on d28;after this period,osteoclastic bone resorption become severe gra-dually accompanied by osteocytic osteolysis during d28 to d42 of fracture healing. Conclusion Osteoporosis greatly affect the fracture healing in the later period of healing proess.It demonstrated as endochondral bone formation delayed and increased osteoclastic bone resorption which was made even more severed by osteocytic osteolysis during the period of bone callus remodelling.

  3. Increase in bone growth factors with healing rat fractures: the enhancing effect of zinc.

    Igarashi, A; Yamaguchi, M


    The effect of zinc, a stimulator of bone formation, on bone protein components in the femoral-diaphyseal tissues with fracture healing was investigated. Rats were sacrificed between 1 and 7 days after the femoral fracture, and the diaphyseal tissues were cultured in a serum-free Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium for 24 h. Protein content in the femoral-diaphyseal tissues was markedly elevated by fracture healing. The amount of protein in the medium cultured with the diaphyseal tissues obtained from fracture healing rats was markedly elevated as compared with that of normal rats, indicating that bone protein components were secreted into culture medium. Analysis with sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel elecrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) showed that many protein molecules were secreted from the diaphyseal tissues with fracture healing. Especially, protein molecule of about 66 kDa was markedly secreted by fracture healing. The presence of zinc acexamate (10(-5) and 10(-4) M) in culture medium induced a significant elevation of medium protein content; the zinc effect was enhanced by culture with the diaphyseal tissues of fracture healing rats. Also, the culture of diaphyseal tissues with fracture healing caused a significant increase in insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) and transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1) in culture medium. The production of IGF-I and TGF-beta1 from bone tissues with fracture healing was significantly enhanced in the presence of zinc acexamate (10(-6)-10(-4) M). Moreover, the addition of IGF-I (10(-8) M) or TGF-beta1 (10(-10) M) in a culture medium caused a significant elevation of protein content in the medium cultured with the femoral-diaphyseal tissues from normal and fracture healing rats. The effect of IGF-I or TGF-beta1 was significantly enhanced in the presence of zinc acexamate (10(-4) M). Also, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) content in the diaphyseal tissues from normal and fracture healing rats was significantly raised by the

  4. Evaluation of the integrity of the deltoid ligament in supination external rotation ankle fractures: a systematic review of the literature.

    van den Bekerom, Michel P J; Mutsaerts, Eduard L A R; van Dijk, C Niek


    Review the literature concerning modalities to evaluate the integrity of the deltoid ligament in patients with supination external rotation ankle fractures. The electronic databases Pubmed/Medline, CINAHL and Embase were searched from 1987 to November 2007 to identify all published original studies concerning diagnostic modalities to evaluate the integrity of the deltoid ligament in adult ankle fractures. This review included nine studies involving 423 ankle fractures. Three trails investigated medial tenderness; two studies, ecchymosis; two studies, swelling; one study, an injury radiograph; six studies, a type of radiographic stress view; one study, the Lauge-Hansen classification; one study, MRI; and one article studied arthroscopy in the evaluation of the deltoid ligament integrity. Swelling, ecchymosis, medial tenderness, initial injury radiographs and the Lauge-Hansen classification are less adequate predictors of the integrity of the deltoid ligament. Manual or the less painful variant, the gravity external rotation stress radiographs are considered the gold standard. The amount of medial clear space widening indicative of a positive external rotation stress test has been somewhat variable in the literature but > or =5 mm is generally regarded as most reliable. Achieving adequate external rotation of the foot when obtaining stress radiographs is more important than positioning the ankle in the appropriate degree of ankle flexion. The amount of applied force necessary when performing an external rotation stress radiograph is not well defined and mainly determined by the patient's pain level. The indication for surgery should not be based on the absolute value of one parameter but on the combination of several parameters. If nonoperative treatment is chosen despite a positive stress radiograph, close follow-up is critical because subluxation of the ankle joint is still possible. MRI could be useful in individual cases.

  5. Mice lacking pten in osteoblasts have improved intramembranous and late endochondral fracture healing.

    Travis A Burgers

    Full Text Available The failure of an osseous fracture to heal (development of a non-union is a common and debilitating clinical problem. Mice lacking the tumor suppressor Pten in osteoblasts have dramatic and progressive increases in bone volume and density throughout life. Since fracture healing is a recapitulation of bone development, we investigated the process of fracture healing in mice lacking Pten in osteoblasts (Ocn-cre(tg/+;Pten(flox/flox . Mid-diaphyseal femoral fractures induced in wild-type and Ocn-cre(tg/+;Pten(flox/flox mice were studied via micro-computed tomography (µCT scans, biomechanical testing, histological and histomorphometric analysis, and protein expression analysis. Ocn-cre(tg/+;Pten(flox/flox mice had significantly stiffer and stronger intact bones relative to controls in all cohorts. They also had significantly stiffer healing bones at day 28 post-fracture (PF and significantly stronger healing bones at days 14, 21, and 28 PF. At day 7 PF, the proximal and distal ends of the Pten mutant calluses were more ossified. By day 28 PF, Pten mutants had larger and more mineralized calluses. Pten mutants had improved intramembranous bone formation during healing originating from the periosteum. They also had improved endochondral bone formation later in the healing process, after mature osteoblasts are present in the callus. Our results indicate that the inhibition of Pten can improve fracture healing and that the local or short-term use of commercially available Pten-inhibiting agents may have clinical application for enhancing fracture healing.

  6. Healing of multiple fractured thoracic dorsal spinous processes in a Quarter horse

    Molnar, Rebeccah; Barber, Spencer M.; Pharr, John W.; Panizzi, Luca; Plaxton, Andrea


    A Quarter horse gelding sustained fracture and displacement of spinous processes T2–T10. Radiographic evidence of healing was seen 3 mo following injury, and at 2 years post-injury all spinous processes had healed and undergone partial re-alignment. This re-alignment has not been reported before.

  7. Healing of multiple fractured thoracic dorsal spinous processes in a Quarter horse.

    Molnar, Rebeccah; Barber, Spencer M; Pharr, John W; Panizzi, Luca; Plaxton, Andrea


    A Quarter horse gelding sustained fracture and displacement of spinous processes T2-T10. Radiographic evidence of healing was seen 3 mo following injury, and at 2 years post-injury all spinous processes had healed and undergone partial re-alignment. This re-alignment has not been reported before.

  8. The Changed Route of Anterior Tibial Artery due to Healed Fracture

    Kemal Gökkuş


    Full Text Available We would like to highlight unusual sequelae of healed distal third diaphyseal tibia fracture that was treated conservatively 36 years ago, in which we incidentally detected peripheral CT angiography. The anterior tibial artery was enveloped three-quarterly by the healing callus of the bone (distal tibia.

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

    Mohd Azri Abd Jalil


    Full Text Available 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 the equator, Malaysia has one of the world’s largest rainforests, which are homes to exotic herbs and medicinal plants. Eurycoma longifolia (Tongkat Ali, Labisia pumila (Kacip Fatimah, and Piper sarmentosum (Kaduk are some examples of the popular ethnic herbs, which have been used in the Malay traditional medicine. This paper focuses on the use of natural products for treating fracture as a result of osteoporosis and expediting its healing.

  10. Radiological findings and healing patterns of incomplete stress fractures of the pars interarticularis

    Dunn, Andrew J.; Campbell, Robert S.D. [Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Teaching Hospitals, Department of Medical Imaging, Liverpool (United Kingdom); Mayor, Peter E. [Leighton Hospital, Department of Medical Imaging, Crewe, Cheshire (United Kingdom); Rees, Dai [Robert Jones and Agnes-Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Oswestry, Shropshire (United Kingdom)


    The objective was to retrospectively record the CT and MRI features and healing patterns of acute, incomplete stress fractures of the pars interarticularis. The CT scans of 156 adolescents referred with suspected pars interarticularis stress fractures were reviewed. Patients with incomplete (grade 2) pars fractures were included in the study. Fractures were assessed on CT according to vertebral level, location of cortical involvement and direction of fracture propagation. MRI was also performed in 72 of the 156 cases. MRI images of incomplete fractures were assessed for the presence of marrow oedema and cortical integrity. Fracture healing patterns were characterised on follow-up CT imaging. Twenty-five incomplete fractures were identified in 23 patients on CT. All fractures involved the inferior or infero-medial cortex of the pars and propagated superiorly or superolaterally. Ninety-two percent of incomplete fractures demonstrated either complete or partial healing on follow-up imaging. Two (8%) cases progressed to complete fractures. Thirteen incomplete fractures in 11 patients confirmed on CT also had MRI, and 92% demonstrated oedema in the pars. Ten out of thirteen fractures (77%) showed a break in the infero-medial cortex with intact supero-lateral cortex, which correlated with the CT findings. MRI incorrectly graded one case as a complete (grade 3) fracture, and 2 cases as (grade 1) stress reaction. Six fractures had follow-up MRI, 67% showed partial or complete cortical healing, and the same number showed persistent marrow oedema. Incomplete fracture of the pars interarticularis represents a stage of the evolution of a complete stress fracture. The direction of fracture propagation is consistent, and complete healing can be achieved in most cases with appropriate clinical management. CT best demonstrates fracture size and extent, and is the most appropriate modality for follow-up. MRI is limited in its ability to fully depict the cortical integrity of

  11. Midkine-deficiency delays chondrogenesis during the early phase of fracture healing in mice.

    Melanie Haffner-Luntzer

    Full Text Available The growth and differentiation factor midkine (Mdk plays an important role in bone development and remodeling. Mdk-deficient mice display a high bone mass phenotype when aged 12 and 18 months. Furthermore, Mdk has been identified as a negative regulator of mechanically induced bone formation and it induces pro-chondrogenic, pro-angiogenic and pro-inflammatory effects. Together with the finding that Mdk is expressed in chondrocytes during fracture healing, we hypothesized that Mdk could play a complex role in endochondral ossification during the bone healing process. Femoral osteotomies stabilized using an external fixator were created in wildtype and Mdk-deficient mice. Fracture healing was evaluated 4, 10, 21 and 28 days after surgery using 3-point-bending, micro-computed tomography, histology and immunohistology. We demonstrated that Mdk-deficient mice displayed delayed chondrogenesis during the early phase of fracture healing as well as significantly decreased flexural rigidity and moment of inertia of the fracture callus 21 days after fracture. Mdk-deficiency diminished beta-catenin expression in chondrocytes and delayed presence of macrophages during early fracture healing. We also investigated the impact of Mdk knockdown using siRNA on ATDC5 chondroprogenitor cells in vitro. Knockdown of Mdk expression resulted in a decrease of beta-catenin and chondrogenic differentiation-related matrix proteins, suggesting that delayed chondrogenesis during fracture healing in Mdk-deficient mice may be due to a cell-autonomous mechanism involving reduced beta-catenin signaling. Our results demonstrated that Mdk plays a crucial role in the early inflammation phase and during the development of cartilaginous callus in the fracture healing process.

  12. Balance in single-limb stance after surgically treated ankle fractures: a 14-month follow-up

    Ageberg Eva


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The maintenance of postural control is fundamental for different types of physical activity. This can be measured by having subjects stand on one leg on a force plate. Many studies assessing standing balance have previously been carried out in patients with ankle ligament injuries but not in patients with ankle fractures. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether patients operated on because of an ankle fracture had impaired postural control compared to an uninjured age- and gender-matched control group. Methods Fifty-four individuals (patients operated on because of an ankle fracture were examined 14 months postoperatively. Muscle strength, ankle mobility, and single-limb stance on a force-platform were measured. Average speed of centre of pressure movements and number of movements exceeding 10 mm from the mean value of centre of pressure were registered in the frontal and sagittal planes on a force-platform. Fifty-four age- and gender-matched uninjured individuals (controls were examined in the single-limb stance test only. The paired Student t-test was used for comparisons between patients' injured and uninjured legs and between side-matched legs within the controls. The independent Student t-test was used for comparisons between patients and controls. The Chi-square test, and when applicable, Fisher's exact test were used for comparisons between groups. Multiple logistic regression was performed to identify factors associated with belonging to the group unable to complete the single-limb stance test on the force-platform. Results Fourteen of the 54 patients (26% did not manage to complete the single-limb stance test on the force-platform, whereas all controls managed this (p Conclusion One in four patients operated on because of an ankle fracture had impaired postural control compared to an age- and gender-matched control group. Age over 45 years and decreased strength in the ankle plantar flexors and dorsiflexors

  13. Involvement of Residents Does Not Increase Postoperative Complications After Open Reduction Internal Fixation of Ankle Fractures: An Analysis of 3251 Cases.

    Louie, Philip K; Schairer, William W; Haughom, Bryan D; Bell, Joshua A; Campbell, Kevin J; Levine, Brett R

    Ankle fractures are common injuries frequently treated by foot and ankle surgeons. Therefore, it has become a core competency for orthopedic residency training. Surgical educators must balance the task of training residents with optimizing patient outcomes and minimizing morbidity and mortality. The present study aimed to determine the effect of resident involvement on the 30-day postoperative complication rates after open reduction and internal fixation of ankle fractures. A second objective of the present study was to determine the independent risk factors for complications after this procedure. We identified patients in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database who had undergone open reduction internal fixation for ankle fractures from 2005 to 2012. Propensity score matching was used to help account for a potential selection bias. We performed univariate and multivariate analyses to identify the independent risk factors associated with short-term postoperative complications. A total of 3251 open reduction internal fixation procedures for ankle fractures were identified, of which 959 (29.4%) had resident involvement. Univariate (2.82% versus 4.54%; p = .024) and multivariate (odds ratio 0.71; p = .75) analyses demonstrated that resident involvement did not increase short-term complication rates. The independent risk factors for complications after open reduction internal fixation of ankle fractures included insulin-dependent diabetes, increasing age, higher American Society of Anesthesiologists score, and longer operative times. Copyright © 2017 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Mode II fracture toughening and healing of composites using supramolecular polymer interlayers

    V. Kostopoulos


    Full Text Available This study focuses on the transfer of the healing functionality of supramolecular polymers (SP to fibre reinforced composites through interleaving. SPs exhibiting self-healing based on hydrogen bonds were formed into films and were successfully incorporated into carbon fibre composites. The effect of the SP interleaves on in-plane fracture toughness and the subsequent healing capability of the hybrid composites were investigated under mode II fracture loading. The fracture toughness showed considerable increase since the maximum load (Pmax of the hybrid composite approximately doubled, and consequently the mode II interlaminar fracture toughness energy (GIIC exhibited an increase reaching nearly 100% compared to the reference composite. The healing component was activated using external heat. Pmax and GIIC recovery after activation were measured, exhibiting a healing efficiency after the first healing cycle close to 85% for Pmax and 100% for GIIC, eventually dropping to 80% for Pmax while GIIC was retained around 100% even after the fourth healing cycle. Acoustic Emission activity during the tests was monitored and was found to be strongly reduced due to the presence of the SP.

  15. Pulsed electromagnetic field treatment enhances healing callus biomechanical properties in an animal model of osteoporotic fracture.

    Androjna, Caroline; Fort, Brian; Zborowski, Maciej; Midura, Ronald J


    Delayed bone healing has been noted in osteoporosis patients and in the ovariectomized (OVX) rat model of estrogen-depletion osteopenia. Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) devices are clinically approved as an adjunct to cervical fusion surgery in patients at high risk for non-fusion and for the treatment of fracture non-unions. These bone growth stimulating devices also accelerate the healing of fresh fracture repair in skeletally mature normal rats but have not been tested for efficacy to accelerate and/or enhance the delayed bone repair process in OVX rats. The current study tested the hypothesis that daily PEMF treatments would improve the fracture healing response in skeletally mature OVX rats. By 6 weeks of healing, PEMF treatments resulted in improved hard callus elastic modulus across fibula fractures normalizing the healing process in OVX rats with respect to this mechanical property. Radiographic evidence showed an improved hard callus bridging across fibula fractures in OVX rats treated with PEMF as compared to sham treatments. These findings provide a scientific rationale for investigating whether PEMF might improve bone-healing responses in at-risk osteoporotic patients.

  16. The Effect of Osteoporosis on Healing of Distal Radius Fragility Fractures.

    Tulipan, Jacob; Jones, Christopher M; Ilyas, Asif M


    Although the decision for operative versus nonoperative treatment of distal radius fractures remains subjective and is performed on a case-by-case basis, evaluation and treatment of patients with concomitant osteoporosis requires understanding of the behavior of this injury as a distinct subset of distal radius fractures. Age, infirmity, and osteoporosis affect every aspect of the fracture. Understanding what makes these fractures unique assists surgeons in more effective and efficient treatment. The authors present the current understanding of osteoporotic fragility fractures of the distal radius, focusing on epidemiology, biomechanics of bone healing, and its implication on strategies for management.

  17. The Effect of GSM Mobile Phone Electromagnetic Field on Femur Fracture Healing in a Rat Model

    Ali Kalender


    Full Text Available Aim: Biological effects of electromagnetic field (EMF and their consequences on human health have been the subject of much interest and research in recent years. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of 900 MHz EMF on femur fracture healing in a rat model. Material and Method: After sixty male Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to a closed right femur fracture under anesthesia, the reduction and fixation were done with a 21 g needle. Then, 900 MHz radiation (2 W peak output power and 1.04 mW/cm2 power density was applied to EM group for one hour/day for seven days. The healing was assessed using radiological (Lane and Sandhu classification, histological (Huo scale for callus evaluation, and biomechanical (3-point bending measures at 2nd, 4th and 6th weeks after fracture. Results: Fracture healing, as assessed radiologically and histopathologically, in Group EM and control animals was similar at 2nd, 4th and 6th weeks. Fracture healing, as assessed biomechanically, was significantly better in Group EM compared to controls in those sacrificed at 2nd week post-procedure (p<0.05. Biomechanical strength was not different between the groups at 4th and 6th weeks. Discussion: 900 MHz EMF from a mobile phone in this rat femur fracture model resulted in no significant difference in healing from controls not exposed to EM radiation.

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

    Brüel, Annemarie; Olsen, Jakob; Birkedal, Henrik


    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-dispersive X......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......-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and nanoindentation. There was a 100-fold increase (P\\0.001) in serum Sr after 3 and 8 weeks of SrR treatment. The callus volume was significantly higher in the SrR-treated group than in control animals (P\\0.01) after 3 weeks of healing. This was accompanied by a significant increase...

  19. Healing and prognosis of teeth with intra-alveolar fractures involving the cervical part of the root.

    Cvek, Miomir; Mejàre, Ingegerd; Andreasen, Jens Ove


    Healing and long-term prognosis of 94 cervical root fractures were evaluated. The teeth were divided into two groups according to type of fracture: transverse fractures limited to the cervical third of the root (51 incisors) and oblique fractures involving both the cervical and middle parts of the root (43 incisors). Neither the frequency nor the type of fracture healing differed significantly between the two groups. In the material as a whole, healing of the fracture with hard tissue formation was observed in 17 teeth (18%), and healing with interposition of periodontal ligament (PDL) and, in some cases, hard tissue between the fragments in 62 teeth (66%). Fifteen teeth (16%) showed no healing and a radiolucency adjacent to the fracture. Statistical analyses revealed that incomplete root formation and a positive sensibility test at the time of injury were significantly related to both healing and hard tissue repair. The same applied to concussion or subluxation compared with dislocation of coronal fragment, as well as optimal compared with suboptimal reposition of displaced coronal fragments. The type and duration of splinting (or no splinting) appeared to be of no significance for frequency or type of healing of cervical root fractures. During the observation time (mean = 75 months), 19 (44%) of the teeth with transverse fractures and 3 (8%) of those with oblique fractures were lost after healing. In conclusion, fractures in the cervical part of the root had a healing potential and the predictive parameters identified for fractures in other parts of the root seemed to be valid for the healing of cervical root fractures. Transverse fractures appeared to have a significantly poorer long-term prognosis compared to oblique fractures, apparently due to a marked post-treatment mobility, which often led to new luxation caused by even minor impacts.

  20. Analyzing the cellular contribution of bone marrow to fracture healing using bone marrow transplantation in mice.

    Colnot, C; Huang, S; Helms, J


    The bone marrow is believed to play important roles during fracture healing such as providing progenitor cells for inflammation, matrix remodeling, and cartilage and bone formation. Given the complex nature of bone repair, it remains difficult to distinguish the contributions of various cell types. Here we describe a mouse model based on bone marrow transplantation and genetic labeling to track cells originating from bone marrow during fracture healing. Following lethal irradiation and engraftment of bone marrow expressing the LacZ transgene constitutively, wild type mice underwent tibial fracture. Donor bone marrow-derived cells, which originated from the hematopoietic compartment, did not participate in the chondrogenic and osteogenic lineages during fracture healing. Instead, the donor bone marrow contributed to inflammatory and bone resorbing cells. This model can be exploited in the future to investigate the role of inflammation and matrix remodeling during bone repair, independent from osteogenesis and chondrogenesis.

  1. Effect of Cervus and Cucumis Peptides on Osteoblast Activity and Fracture Healing in Osteoporotic Bone

    Ai-Yuan Wang


    Full Text Available Osteoporosis is associated with delayed and/or reduced fracture healing. As cervus and cucumis are the traditional Chinese treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, we investigated the effect of supplementation of these peptides (CCP on bone fracture healing in ovariectomized (OVX osteoporotic rats in vitro and in vivo. CCP enhanced osteoblast proliferation and increased alkaline phosphatase activity, matrix mineralization, and expression of runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2, bone morphogenetic protein 4 (BMP4, and osteopontin. In vivo, female Sprague-Dawley rats underwent ovariectomy and the right femora were fractured and fixed by intramedullary nailing 3 months later. Rats received intraperitoneal injections of either CCP (1.67 mg/kg or physiological saline every day for 30 days. Fracture healing and callus formation were evaluated by radiography, micro-CT, biomechanical testing, and histology. At 12 weeks after fracture, calluses in CCP-treated bones showed significantly higher torsional strength and greater stiffness than control-treated bones. Bones in CCP-treated rats reunified and were thoroughly remodeled, while two saline-treated rats showed no bone union and incomplete remodeling. Taken together, these results indicate that use of CCP after fracture in osteoporotic rats accelerates mineralization and osteogenesis and improves fracture healing.

  2. Total ankle replacement. Early experiences with STAR prosthesis.

    Murnaghan, J. M.; Warnock, D. S.; Henderson, S. A.


    Early designs of Total Ankle Replacement (TAR) had a high failure rate. More recent experience with the 3-piece, meniscal bearing, total ankle replacement has been more promising. We report a review of the early results of our first 22 prostheses in 20 patients undergoing Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement (STAR) in Northern Ireland. There was a mean follow-up time of 26 months. Seventeen patients are pain-free at the ankle joint during normal daily activities. Two of the early cases have required revision surgery due to technical errors. Other complications have included malleolar fractures, poor wound healing and postoperative stiffness. These early results show high levels of patient satisfaction, and we are encouraged to continue with total ankle arthroplasty. There is a steep initial learning curve and use of TAR should be restricted to foot and ankle surgeons. Images Fig 1 Figs 2a and b Figs 2 c and d PMID:16022128

  3. Accelerated fracture healing in transgenic mice overexpressing an anabolic isoform of fibroblast growth factor 2.

    Hurley, Marja M; Adams, Douglas J; Wang, Liping; Jiang, Xi; Burt, Patience Meo; Du, Erxia; Xiao, Liping


    The effect of targeted expression of an anabolic isoform of basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF2) in osteoblastic lineage on tibial fracture healing was assessed in mice. Closed fracture of the tibiae was performed in Col3.6-18 kDaFgf2-IRES-GFPsaph mice in which a 3.6 kb fragment of type I collagen promoter (Col3.6) drives the expression of only the 18 kD isoform of FGF2 (18 kDaFgf2/LMW) with green fluorescent protein-sapphire (GFPsaph) as well as Vector mice (Col3.6-IRES-GFPsaph, Vector) that did not harbor the FGF2 transgene. Radiographic, micro-CT, DEXA, and histologic analysis of fracture healing of tibiae harvested at 3, 10 and 20 days showed a smaller fracture callus but accelerated fracture healing in LMWTg compared with Vector mice. At post fracture day 3, FGF receptor 3 and Sox 9 mRNA were significantly increased in LMWTg compared with Vector. Accelerated fracture healing was associated with higher FGF receptor 1, platelet derived growth factors B, C, and D, type X collagen, vascular endothelial cell growth factor, matrix metalloproteinase 9, tartrate resistant acid phosphatase, cathepsin K, runt-related transcription factor-2, Osterix and Osteocalcin and lower Sox9, and type II collagen expression at 10 days post fracture. We postulate that overexpression of LMW FGF2 accelerated the fracture healing process due to its effects on factors that are important in chondrocyte and osteoblast differentiation and vascular invasion.

  4. Combined circular external fixation and open reduction internal fixation with pro-syndesmotic screws for repair of a diabetic ankle fracture

    Zacharia Facaros


    Full Text Available The surgical management of ankle fractures among the diabetic population is associated with higher complication rates compared to the general population. Efforts toward development of better methods in prevention and treatment are continuously evolving for these injuries. The presence of peripheral neuropathy and the possible development of Charcot neuroarthropathy in this high risk patient population have stimulated much surgical interest to create more stable osseous constructs when open reduction of an ankle fracture/dislocation is required. The utilization of multiple syndesmotic screws (pro-syndesmotic screws to further stabilize the ankle mortise has been reported by many foot and ankle surgeons. In addition, transarticular Steinmann pins have been described as an adjunct to traditional open reduction with internal fixation (ORIF of the ankle to better stabilize the talus, thus minimizing risk of further displacement, malunion, and Charcot neuroarthropathy. The authors present a unique technique of ORIF with pro-syndesmotic screws and the application of a multi-plane circular external fixator for management of a neglected diabetic ankle fracture that prevented further deformity while allowing a weight-bearing status. This technique may be utilized for the management of complex diabetic ankle fractures that are prone to future complications and possible limb loss.

  5. Laboratory tests of hydraulic fracturing and swell healing

    Thunbo, Christensen Claes; Foged, Christensen Helle; Foged, Niels


    New laboratory test set-ups and test procedures are described - for testing the formation of hydraulically induced fractures as well as the potential for subsequent fracture closurefrom the relase of a swelling potential. The main purpose with the tests is to provide information on fracturing...

  6. Interface contact profiles of a novel locking plate and its effect on fracture healing in goat

    WEI Da-cheng; ZHAO Yu-feng; XING Shu-xing; WANG Ai-min


    Objective: To evaluate the interface characteristics of the new-designed locking plate (LP) and limited contact-dynamic compression plate (LC-DCP) and compare the fracture healing between LP and LC-DCP in a goat tibia fracture model.Methods: Eight-hole LP and LC-DCP were applied to fix flesh goat tibiae in a reproducible manner. The average pressure, force and interface contact area were calculated using Fuji prescale pressure sensitive film interposed among the plate and the bone and image analysis system. Eighthole LP and LC-DCP were applied to each tibia in a goat tibia fracture model. The fracture healing was evaluated by X-ray photography at postoperative 8 weeks. The goats were sacrificed at postoperative 12 weeks. Three-point bending test was conducted in the tibiae.Results: The interface contact of LP system was smaller than that ofLC-DCP (P<0.05), while interface contact force of LP system was higher than that of LC-DCP (P<0.05). Radiographs revealed that the fracture line disappeared in the LP group, while the fracture line was visible in DCP group at postoperative 8 weeks. At postoperative 12 weeks, the bending strength and bending load of fractured tibia were higher in LP group than in DCP group, respectively.Conclusion: The new-designed locking plate can significantly decrease the contact area on the bone interface,which further provides better fracture healing than conventional plates.

  7. The relationship between interfragmentary movement and cell differentiation in early fracture healing under locking plate fixation.

    Miramini, Saeed; Zhang, Lihai; Richardson, Martin; Mendis, Priyan; Oloyede, Adekunle; Ebeling, Peter


    Interfragmentary movement (IFM) at the fracture site plays an important role in fracture healing, particularly during its early stage, via influencing the mechanical microenvironment of mesenchymal stem cells within the fracture callus. However, the effect of changes in IFM resulting from the changes in the configuration of locking plate fixation on cell differentiation has not yet been fully understood. In this study, mechanical experiments on surrogate tibia specimens, manufactured from specially formulated polyurethane, were conducted to investigate changes in IFM of fractures under various locking plate fixation configurations and loading magnitudes. The effect of the observed IFM on callus cell differentiation was then further studied using computational simulation. We found that during the early stage, cell differentiation in the fracture callus is highly influenced by fracture gap size and IFM, which in turn, is highly sensitive to locking plate fixation configuration. The computational model predicted that a small gap size (e.g. 1 mm) under a relatively flexible configuration of locking plate fixation (larger bone-plate distances and working lengths) could experience excessive strain and fluid flow within the fracture site, resulting in excessive fibrous tissue differentiation and delayed healing. By contrast, a relatively flexible configuration of locking plate fixation was predicted to improve cartilaginous callus formation and bone healing for a relatively larger gap size (e.g. 3 mm). If further confirmed by animal and human studies, the research outcome of this paper may have implications for orthopaedic surgeons in optimising the application of locking plate fixations for fractures in clinical practice.

  8. Novel perfused compression bioreactor system as an in vitro model to investigate fracture healing

    Waldemar eHoffmann


    Full Text Available Secondary bone fracture healing is a physiological process that leads to functional tissue regeneration via endochondral bone formation. In vivo studies have demonstrated that early mobilization and the application of mechanical loads enhances the process of fracture healing. However, the influence of specific mechanical stimuli and particular effects during specific phases of fracture healing remain to be elucidated. In this work, we have developed and provided proof-of-concept of an in vitro human organotypic model of physiological loading of a cartilage callus, based on a novel perfused compression bioreactor system (PCB. We then used the fracture callus model to investigate the regulatory role of dynamic mechanical loading. Our findings provide a proof-of-principle that dynamic mechanical loading applied by the PCB can enhance the maturation process of mesenchymal stromal cells towards late hypertrophic chondrocytes and the mineralization of the deposited extracellular matrix. The PCB provides a promising tool to study fracture healing and for the in vitro assessment of alternative fracture treatments based on engineered tissue grafts or pharmaceutical compounds, allowing for the reduction of animal experiments.

  9. Current Role and Application of Teriparatide in Fracture Healing of Osteoporotic Patients: A Systematic Review

    Kim, Sang-Min; Kang, Kyung-Chung; Kim, Ji Wan; Lim, Seung-Jae


    Background The use of osteoanabolic agents to facilitate fracture healing has been of heightened interest to the field of orthopaedic trauma. This study aimed to evaluate the evidence of teriparatide for fracture healing and functional recovery in osteoporotic patients. Methods We performed a literature search in PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, and the Cochrane Library using terms including “Fracture” [tiab] AND “Teriparatide [tiab] OR “PTH” [tiab]. Results This systematic review included 6 randomized clinical trials, 4 well-controlled retrospective studies, and 1 retrospective post hoc subgroup analysis. Fracture location was 2 in pelvis, 3 in proximal femur, 1 in distal femur, 1 in shoulder, 2 in wrist and 2 in spine. The use of teriparatide yielded positive effects on radiographic bone healing in 6 studies, but was not associated with better radiographic outcome in 3. In terms of functional recovery, teriparatide injection was related with decrease in pain or shorter time to mobilization in 6 studies, but not related with pain numerical scale and mobility in 3. Conclusions Our findings suggest that teriparatide provide selective advantages to fracture healing or functional recovery in the management of osteoporotic fractures. A better understanding of the role of teriparatide on osteoporotic fractures requires greater evidences from large volume prospective trials. PMID:28326303

  10. Changes in the Serum Level of Vitamin D During Healing of Tibial and Femoral Shaft Fractures



    Full Text Available Background: Several systemic factors and hormones are thought to regulate the fracture healing process. Vitamin D has emerged as a compound or hormone that actively participates in the regulation of calcium homeostasis and bone metabolism. Objectives: The aim of this study is to determine the serum changes in the level of vitamin D during the acute healing period of tibial and femoral shaft fractures. Patients and Methods: This cross-sectional study included of 73 patients with tibial and femoral shaft fractures referred to the Poursina Hospital between February 2011 and February 2012. Changes in the serum levels of vitamin D were assessed three times in a period of three weeks (at the first visit, end of first week, and end of the third week. Variables such as age, gender, fractured bone, concomitant fracture of tibia and fibula, type of fracture, time of measurement and serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D were assessed. All statistical analyses were performed using the SPSS software. Results: Forty tibial fractures and 33 femoral fractures were recorded. Mean vitamin D levels at the time of admission, after one week and at the end of the third week for the 73 participants included in the study were 39.23, 31.49, and 28.57 ng/mL, respectively. The overall reduction of vitamin D level was significantly more evident in the first week versus the following (P < 0.0001. Conclusions: Serum levels of vitamin D in patients with tibial or femoral fractures were reduced during the curative period of the fracture. This can be related the role of vitamin D in the formation and mineralization of the callus. Patients with tibial or femoral shaft fractures may benefit from the administration of vitamin D supplements during the fracture healing process.

  11. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy for non-unions and delayed fracture healing

    Schaden, Wolfgang; Fischer, Andreas; Sailler, Andreas; Karadas, Ender


    Although the primary management of fractures is highly developed in Central Europe 1% of fractures develop a non-union. After successful pilot studies the Traumacenter Meidling started in December 1998 to treat non-unions regularly with shock wave therapy. From December 1998 to August 2004, 1153 patients with non-union and delayed healing fractures were treated. The results of 755 patients are available up to September 2004. The patients consisted of 250 (33%) female and 505 (67%) male. The mean age was 44.1 years (10; 90). The mean age of the non-union was 15.5 months. In 74 (10%) osteomyelitis was present before shockwave therapy. Out of 755 non-unions 593 (79%) achieved bony healing. As expected, the subgroup of 284 delayed unions (shockwave therapy 3-6 months after the trauma or the last surgery concerning the bone) showed the best results. 245 (86%) healed. Out of 471 non-unions being older than 6 months 348 (72%) achieved bony healing. Because of the efficacy and the lack of complications as well as the economic advantage in comparison to surgery, shockwave therapy is considered as therapy of first choice in the treatment of non-union and delayed healing fractures.

  12. Vitamin E and the Healing of Bone Fracture: The Current State of Evidence

    Boekhtiar Borhanuddin


    Full Text Available Background. The effect of vitamin E on health-related conditions has been extensively researched, with varied results. However, to date, there was no published review of the effect of vitamin E on bone fracture healing. Purpose. This paper systematically audited past studies of the effect of vitamin E on bone fracture healing. Methods. Related articles were identified from Medline, CINAHL, and Scopus databases. Screenings were performed based on the criteria that the study must be an original study that investigated the independent effect of vitamin E on bone fracture healing. Data were extracted using standardised forms, followed by evaluation of quality of reporting using ARRIVE Guidelines, plus recalculation procedure for the effect size and statistical power of the results. Results. Six animal studies fulfilled the selection criteria. The study methods were heterogeneous with mediocre reporting quality and focused on the antioxidant-related mechanism of vitamin E. The metasynthesis showed α-tocopherol may have a significant effect on bone formation during the normal bone remodeling phase of secondary bone healing. Conclusion. In general, the effect of vitamin E on bone fracture healing remained inconclusive due to the small number of heterogeneous and mediocre studies included in this paper.

  13. Enhancement of albumin expression in bone tissues with healing rat fractures.

    Yamaguchi, Masayoshi; Igarashi, Aki; Misawa, Hiroyuki; Tsurusaki, Yoshinori


    The characterization of 66 kDa protein molecule, a major protein component which is produced from femoral-diaphyseal tissues with fracture healing (Igarashi and Yamaguchi [2002] Int. J. Mol. Med. 9:503-508), was investigated. Weaning rats were killed at 7 and 14 days after femoral fracture. When the femoral-diaphyseal tissues with fracture healing were cultured for 48 h in a serum-free medium, many proteins in the bone tissues were released into the medium. Analysis with sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) showed that a protein molecule of approximately 66 kDa was markedly increased in culture medium from bone tissues with fracture healing. N-terminal sequencing of 66 kDa protein indicated that its N-terminus was identical to that of rat albumin. Western blot analysis of medium 66 kDa protein showed expression of albumin. This expression was significantly enhanced by fracture healing. The expression of albumin was seen in the diaphyseal (cortical bone) and metaphyseal (trabecular bone) tissues of rat femur. When the femoral-diaphyseal tissues obtained at 7 days after femoral fracture were cultured in a serum-free medium containing either vehicle, parathyroid hormone (1-34) (10(-7) M), insulin-like growth factor-I (10(-8) M) or zinc acexamate (10(-4) M), medium albumin was significantly increased in the presence of those bone-stimulating factors. The addition of albumin (0.5 or 1.0 mg/ml of medium) caused a significant increase in calcium and deoxyribonucleic acid contents in the femoral-diaphyseal and -metaphyseal tissues obtained from normal rats in vitro. The present study demonstrates that fracture healing induces a remarkable production of albumin which is a major protein component produced from femoral-diaphyseal tissues of rats, and that albumin has an anabolic effect on bone components.


    金岩; 杨连甲; FrankH.White


    A monoclonal antibody raised against bone morphogenetic protein (BMP-McAb)has been used to demonstrate the presence of bone mrphogenetic protein(BMP) in experimental fracture healing.Rabbit mandibles were frac-tured using standrdized methods and left to heal for 3,7,14,21and 24 d,respectively.The avidin-biotin com- plex(ABC)method demonstrated an accumulation of positively stained primitive mesenchyman cells at the fracture site in the hematoma stage of bone repair.These cells appeared to undergo differentiation into positively-stained chondroblasts and osteoblasts during the phase of callus formation.Undifferentiated mesenchymal cells showed a high positive reactivity in the early post-fracture stages but a much lower reactivity during the remodelling phase.The results of our study suggest that bone inductive processes are accompanied by the presence of BMP in osteopro-genitor cells during fracture healing of the mandible and that BMP may plqy a significant role in osteogenesis dur-ing bone healing.

  15. Is Sonic Hedgehog Involved in Human Fracture Healing? - A Prospective Study on Local and Systemic Concentrations of SHH

    Eipeldauer, Stefan; Thomas, Anita; Hoechtl-Lee, Leonard; Kecht, Mathias; Binder, Harald; Koettstorfer, Julia; Gregori, Markus; Sarahrudi, Kambiz


    Introduction Sonic Hedgehog (SHH) is a new signalling pathway in bone repair. Evidence exist that SHH pathway plays a significant role in vasculogenesis and limb development during embryogenesis. Some in vitro and animal studies has already proven its potential for bone regeneration. However, no data on the role of SHH in the human fracture healing have been published so far. Methods Seventy-five patients with long bone fractures were included into the study and divided in 2 groups. First group contained 69 patients with normal fracture healing. Four patients with impaired fracture healing formed the second group. 34 volunteers donated blood samples as control. Serum samples were collected over a period of 1 year following a standardized time schedule. In addition, SHH levels were measured in fracture haematoma and serum of 16 patients with bone fractures. Results Fracture haematoma and patients serum both contained lower SHH concentrations compared to control serum. The comparison between the patients' serum SHH level and the control serum revealed lower levels for the patients at all measurement time points. Significantly lower concentrations were observed at weeks 1 and 2 after fracture. SHH levels were slightly decreased in patients with impaired fracture healing without statistical significance. Conclusion This is the first study to report local and systemic concentration of SHH in human fracture healing and SHH serum levels in healthy adults. A significant reduction of the SHH levels during the inflammatory phase of fracture healing was found. SHH concentrations in fracture haematoma and serum were lower than the concentration in control serum for the rest of the healing period. Our findings indicate that there is no relevant involvement of SHH in human fracture healing. Fracture repair process seem to reduce the SHH level in human. Further studies are definitely needed to clarify the underlying mechanisms. PMID:25501422

  16. One year follow-up after operative ankle fractures: a prospective gait analysis study with a multi-segment foot model.

    Wang, Ruoli; Thur, Charlotte K; Gutierrez-Farewik, Elena M; Wretenberg, Per; Broström, Eva


    Ankle fractures are one of the most common lower limb traumas. Several studies reported short- and long-term post-operative results, mainly determined by radiographic and subjective functional evaluations. Three-dimensional gait analysis with a multi-segment foot model was used in the current study to quantify the inter-segment foot motions in 18 patients 1 year after surgically treated ankle fractures. Data were compared to that from gender- and age-matched healthy controls. The correlations between Olerud/Molander ankle score and kinematics were also evaluated. Patients with ankle fractures showed less plantarflexion and smaller range of motion in the injured talocrural joint, which were believed to be a sign of residual joint stiffness after surgery and immobilization. Moreover, the forefoot segment had smaller sagittal and transverse ranges of motion, less plantarflexion and the hallux segment had less dorsiflexion and smaller sagittal range of motion. The deviations found in the forefoot segment may contribute to the compensation mechanisms of the injured ankle joint. Findings of our study show that gait analysis with a multi-segment foot model provides a quantitative and objective way to perform the dynamic assessment of post-operative ankle fractures, and makes it possible to better understand not only how the injured joint is affected, but also the surrounding joints.

  17. Naringin promotes fracture healing through stimulation of angiogenesis by regulating the VEGF/VEGFR-2 signaling pathway in osteoporotic rats.

    Song, Nan; Zhao, Zhihu; Ma, Xinlong; Sun, Xiaolei; Ma, Jianxiong; Li, Fengbo; Sun, Lei; Lv, Jianwei


    Postmenopausal osteoporosis is characterized by a reduction in the number of sinusoidal and arterial capillaries in the bone marrow and reduced bone perfusion. Thus, osteogenesis and angiogenesis are coupled in the process of osteoporosis formation and fracture healing. Naringin is the main ingredient of the root Rhizoma Drynariae, a traditional Chinese medicine, and it has potential effects on promoting fracture healing. However, whether naringin stimulates angiogenesis in the process of bone healing is unclear. Here, we show that naringin promotes fracture healing through stimulating angiogenesis by regulating the VEGF/VEGFR-2 signaling pathway in osteoporotic rats.

  18. The Difference between Growth Factor Expression after Single and Multiple Fractures: Preliminary Results in Human Fracture Healing

    Binder, Harald; Eipeldauer, Stefan; Gregori, Markus; Höchtl-Lee, Leonard; Thomas, Anita; Tiefenboeck, Thomas M.; Hajdu, Stefan; Sarahrudi, Kambiz


    Objectives. Circulating levels of VEGF-A (Vascular Endothelia Growth Factor-A), TGF-β1 (Transforming Growth Factor-beta 1), and M-CSF (Macrophage-Colony Stimulating Factor) were found to be predictors of bone healing and therefore prognostic criteria of delayed bone healing or nonunion. The aim of this study was to evaluate a potential rise of these markers in patients with multiple fractures of long bones compared to patients with single fractured long bone. Methods. 92 patients were included in the study and finally after excluding all female patients 45 male patients were left for final analysis and divided into the single or multiple fracture group. TGF-β1, M-CSF, and VEGF-A serum levels were analysed over a time period of two weeks. Results. MCSF serum concentrations were higher in the group with multiple fractures as also TGF-β1 serum concentrations were at one and two weeks after trauma. No statistically significant difference was observed in the VEGF-A serum concentrations of both groups at either measurement point. Conclusion. We did observe a correlation between the quantity of the M-CSF and TGF-β1 expressions in serum and the number of fractured bones; surprisingly there was no statistically significant difference in the serum levels between patients with single and multiple fractures of long bones. PMID:26246654

  19. Influence of mechanical rock properties and fracture healing rate on crustal fluid flow dynamics

    Sachau, Till; Bons, Paul; Gomez-Rivas, Enrique; Koehn, Daniel; de Riese, Tamara


    Fluid flow in the Earth's crust is very slow over extended periods of time, during which it occurs within the connected pore space of rocks. If the fluid production rate exceeds a certain threshold, matrix permeability alone is insufficient to drain the fluid volume and fluid pressure builds up, thereby reducing the effective stress supported by the rock matrix. Hydraulic fractures form once the effective pressure exceeds the tensile strength of the rock matrix and act subsequently as highly effective fluid conduits. Once local fluid pressure is sufficiently low again, flow ceases and fractures begin to heal. Since fluid flow is controlled by the alternation of fracture permeability and matrix permeability, the flow rate in the system is strongly discontinuous and occurs in intermittent pulses. Resulting hydraulic fracture networks are largely self-organized: opening and subsequent healing of hydraulic fractures depends on the local fluid pressure and on the time-span between fluid pulses. We simulate this process with a computer model and describe the resulting dynamics statistically. Special interest is given to a) the spatially and temporally discontinuous formation and closure of fractures and fracture networks and b) the total flow rate over time. The computer model consists of a crustal-scale dual-porosity setup. Control parameters are the pressure- and time-dependent fracture healing rate, and the strength and the permeability of the intact rock. Statistical analysis involves determination of the multifractal properties and of the power spectral density of the temporal development of the total drainage rate and hydraulic fractures. References Bons, P. D. (2001). The formation of large quartz veins by rapid ascent of fluids in mobile hydrofractures. Tectonophysics, 336, 1-17. Miller, S. a., & Nur, A. (2000). Permeability as a toggle switch in fluid-controlled crustal processes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 183(1-2), 133-146. Sachau, T., Bons, P. D

  20. Near-fatal infection following an elective ankle-fracture fixation: less risk should not mean less vigilance

    Giada Bianchi; Dingxin Qin; Joseph A.Dearani; Qi Qian


    Surgical fixation of closed ankle fracture is traditionally viewed as having low risk for post-operative infection. Only a few cases of surgical-site confined infection have been reported. Because of the low infection risk, the necessity for perioperative prophylaxis has been questioned. We report a case of fulminant methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus endocarditis occurring shortly after an elective ankle fixation surgery in an elderly woman with chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Because systemic infection was unexpected, she had been given antipyretics for postoperative fever until just before rapid clinical deterioration. A nearly fatal hematogenous infection occurred after such a procedure, indicating the necessity for being on high alert and considering the possibility of bloodstream infection.

  1. Exogenous PTHrP Repairs the Damaged Fracture Healing of PTHrP+/− Mice and Accelerates Fracture Healing of Wild Mice

    Yinhe Wang


    Full Text Available Bone fracture healing is a complicated physiological regenerative process initiated in response to injury and is similar to bone development. To demonstrate whether an exogenous supply of parathyroid hormone–related protein (PTHrP helps in bone fracture healing, closed mid-diaphyseal femur fractures were created and stabilized with intramedullary pins in eight-week-old wild-type (WT PTHrP+/+ and PTHrP+/− mice. After administering PTHrP for two weeks, callus tissue properties were analyzed at one, two, and four weeks post-fracture (PF by various methods. Bone formation–related genes and protein expression levels were evaluated by real-time reverse transcriptase–polymerase chain reaction and Western blots. At two weeks PF, mineral density of callus, bony callus areas, mRNA levels of alkaline phosphatase (ALP, type I collagen, Runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx-2, and protein levels of Runx-2 and insulin-like growth factor-1 decreased in PTHrP+/− mice compared with WT mice. At four weeks PF, total collagen-positive bony callus areas, osteoblast number, ALP-positive areas, and type I collagen-positive areas all decreased in PTHrP+/− mice. At both two and four weeks PF, tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase–positive osteoclast number and surface decreased a little in PTHrP+/− mice. The study indicates that exogenous PTHrP provided by subcutaneous injection could redress impaired bone fracture healing, leading to mutation of activated PTHrP by influencing callus areas, endochondral bone formation, osteoblastic bone formation, and bone turnover.

  2. Influence of fracture gap size on the pattern of long bone healing: a computational study.

    Gómez-Benito, M J; García-Aznar, J M; Kuiper, J H; Doblaré, M


    Following fractures, bones restore their original structural integrity through a complex process in which several cellular events are involved. Among other factors, this process is highly influenced by the mechanical environment of the fracture site. In this study, we present a mathematical model to simulate the effect of mechanical stimuli on most of the cellular processes that occur during fracture healing, namely proliferation, migration and differentiation. On the basis of these three processes, the model then simulates the evolution of geometry, distributions of cell types and elastic properties inside a healing fracture. The three processes were implemented in a Finite Element code as a combination of three coupled analysis stages: a biphasic, a diffusion and a thermoelastic step. We tested the mechano-biological regulatory model thus created by simulating the healing patterns of fractures with different gap sizes and different mechanical stimuli. The callus geometry, tissue differentiation patterns and fracture stiffness predicted by the model were similar to experimental observations for every analysed situation.

  3. Anthropometric measurements of ankle mortise for evaluating mortise fracture reductions with an aim to develop contoured implants

    M.S. Patil


    Full Text Available Background: Ankle injuries are unique as they are not only intra-articular of weight bearing joint, but also caused by a variety of mechanism, each resulting in different pattern with ankle fractures. The primary concern is residual instability of the joint as malalignment or residual displacement can adversely affect the biomechanical behaviour of ankle and resulting loss of function, due to non restoration of normal anatomy. Therefore essential of proper anatomical parameters for assessment of reduction and improved designs of implants used to get good results. Objectives: Measuring various radiological and Anatomical normal parameters of the ankle mortise. Material and Methods: Cadaveric 20 fibula and 27 tibia. Anteroposterior and 15○ internal rotation radiographs, of both Ankles in 20 adult individuals formed the material. Following parameters measured- a Tibiofibular clearspace b Tibiofibular overlap c Talocrural angle d Length of medial and lateral malleoli e Angles sustained on medial surface of medial malleoli and lateral surface of lateral malleoli. Results: a Tibiofibular clear space on Anteroposterior 2.4mm (±1.3mm in 15○ rotation 4.5mm (±1.2mm. b Tibiofibular overlap in Anteroposterior 11.2mm (±4.4mm in 15○ rotation 4.2mm (±1.7mm. c Talocrural angle in Anteroposterior 77.7mm (±3.2mm in 15○ rotation 79.9mm (±2.9mm. d Length of medial malleolus in Anteroposterior 15.3mm (±1.01mm in 15○ rotation 15.3mm (±0.8mm. e Length of lateral malleolus in Anteroposterior 27.35mm (±3.8mm in 15○ rotation 26.5mm (±5.1mm. Angles- Lateral bend of lateral malleolus was ranging 8○-21○ average being 16.2○. Medial bend of medial malleolus was ranging 10○-34○, average 19.5○. Conclusion: The unique measurement of angles on both surface of malleoli and other parameters definitely contribute for assessment of reduction and prognostic evaluations of ankle fracture, Designing, moulding and manufacturing of prebent plates for use

  4. [Bone fracture and the healing mechanisms. Fragility fracture and bone quality].

    Mawatari, Taro; Iwamoto, Yukihide


    Fracture occurs in bone having less than normal elastic resistance without any violence. Numerous terms have been used to classify various types of fractures from low trauma events; "fragility fracture", "stress fracture", "insufficiency fracture", "fatigue fracture", "pathologic fracture", etc. The definitions of these terms and clinical characteristics of these fractures are discussed. Also state-of-the-art bone quality assessments; Finite element analysis of clinical CT scans, assessments of the Microdamage, and the Cross-links of Collagen are introduced in this review.

  5. CaMKK2 Inhibition in Enhancing Bone Fracture Healing


    study to establish the following: (1) Reliable and reproducible surgical procedures for creating a transverse femoral fracture and fixing it with an...Reliable and reproducible surgical procedures for creating a transverse femoral fracture and fixing it with an intramedullary device. 2) The treatment...disinfected with alternating scrubs of betadine and alcohol. Sterile instruments were used to make a small incision (approximately 2 mm). A 25 gauge

  6. Laboratory study of fracture healing in Topopah Spring tuff: Implications for near field hydrology

    Lin, Wunan; Daily, W.D.


    Seven Topopah Spring tuff samples were studied to determine water permeability in this rock under pressure and temperature conditions similar to those expected in the near field of a nuclear waste package. Six of the seven samples were studied under isothermal condition; the other was subjected to a thermal gradient. Four of the six fractured samples contained a reopened, healed, natural fracture; one contained an induced tensile fracture and the other contained a saw-cut. The fracture surfaces were examined using scanning electron microscope (SEM) before and after the experiments and the water that flowed through the samples was sampled for chemical analysis. The experimental durations ranged from about 3 months to almost 6 months. Water permeability of the fractured samples was found to decrease by more than three orders of magnitude when the sample temperature increased to 150{degree}C. The sharpest decrease in permeability occurred when the temperature was increased above 90{degree}C. Permeability of the intact sample did not change significantly under the similar experimental conditions. When the temperature returned to room conditions, the water permeability did not recover. The mechanical strength of one healed sample was about half that of the intact rock. SEM studies of the fracture surfaces and water chemical analysis of the water suggested that both dissolution and deposition occurred on the fracture surfaces. Smoothing of fracture asperities because of dissolution and deposition was probably the main cause of the permeability decrease. Deposition of dissolved silica was probably the main cause of fracture healing. 12 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  7. Treatment with Carnitine Enhances Bone Fracture Healing under Osteoporotic and/or Inflammatory Conditions.

    Aydin, Ali; Halici, Zekai; Albayrak, Abdulmecit; Polat, Beyzagul; Karakus, Emre; Yildirim, Omer Selim; Bayir, Yasin; Cadirci, Elif; Ayan, Arif Kursad; Aksakal, Ahmet Murat


    The aim of this study was to examine the effects of carnitine on bone healing in ovariectomy (OVX) and inflammation (INF)-induced osteoporotic rats. The rats were randomly divided into nine groups (n = 8 animals per group): sham-operated (Group 1: SHAM); sham + magnesium silicate (Mg-silicate) (Group 2: SHAM + INF); ovariectomy (Group 3: OVX); ovariectomy + femoral fracture (Group 4: OVX + FRC); ovariectomy + femoral fracture + Mg-silicate (Group 5: OVX + FRC + INF); ovariectomy + femoral fracture + carnitine 50 mg/kg (Group 6: OVX + FRC + CAR50); ovariectomy + femoral fracture + carnitine 100 mg/kg (Group 7: OVX + FRC + CAR100); ovariectomy + femoral fracture + Mg-silicate + carnitine 50 mg/kg (Group 8: OVX + FRC + INF + CAR50); and ovariectomy + femoral fracture + Mg-silicate + carnitine 100 mg/kg (Group 9: OVX + FRC + INF + CAR100). Eight weeks after OVX, which allowed for osteoporosis to develop, INF was induced with subcutaneous Mg-silicate. On day 80, all of the rats in groups 4-9 underwent fracture operation on the right femur. Bone mineral density (BMD) showed statistically significant improvements in the treatment groups. The serum markers of bone turnover (osteocalcin and osteopontin) and pro-inflammatory cytokines (tumour necrosis factor α, interleukin 1β and interleukin 6) were decreased in the treatment group. The X-ray images showed significantly increased callus formation and fracture healing in the groups treated with carnitine. The present results show that in a rat model with osteoporosis induced by ovariectomy and Mg-silicate, treatment with carnitine improves the healing of femur fractures.

  8. Analysis of fracture healing in osteopenic bone caused by disuse: experimental study.

    Paiva, A G; Yanagihara, G R; Macedo, A P; Ramos, J; Issa, J P M; Shimano, A C


    Osteoporosis has become a serious global public health issue. Hence, osteoporotic fracture healing has been investigated in several previous studies because there is still controversy over the effect osteoporosis has on the healing process. The current study aimed to analyze two different periods of bone healing in normal and osteopenic rats. Sixty, 7-week-old female Wistar rats were randomly divided into four groups: unrestricted and immobilized for 2 weeks after osteotomy (OU2), suspended and immobilized for 2 weeks after osteotomy (OS2), unrestricted and immobilized for 6 weeks after osteotomy (OU6), and suspended and immobilized for 6 weeks after osteotomy (OS6). Osteotomy was performed in the middle third of the right tibia 21 days after tail suspension, when the osteopenic condition was already set. The fractured limb was then immobilized by orthosis. Tibias were collected 2 and 6 weeks after osteotomy, and were analyzed by bone densitometry, mechanical testing, and histomorphometry. Bone mineral density values from bony calluses were significantly lower in the 2-week post-osteotomy groups compared with the 6-week post-osteotomy groups (multivariate general linear model analysis, Pbones 6 weeks after osteotomy compared with 2 weeks after osteotomy (multivariate general linear model analysis, Pbone healing. Results showed that osteopenia did not influence the bone healing process, and that time was an independent determinant factor regardless of whether the fracture was osteopenic. This suggests that the body is able to compensate for the negative effects of suspension.

  9. Erythropoietin (EPO): EPO-receptor signaling improves early endochondral ossification and mechanical strength in fracture healing.

    Holstein, Joerg H; Menger, Michael D; Scheuer, Claudia; Meier, Christoph; Culemann, Ulf; Wirbel, Rainer J; Garcia, Patric; Pohlemann, Tim


    Beyond its role in the regulation of red blood cell proliferation, the glycoprotein erythropoietin (EPO) has been shown to promote cell regeneration and angiogenesis in a variety of different tissues. In addition, EPO has been indicated to share significant functional and structural homologies with the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a cytokine essential in the process of fracture healing. However, there is complete lack of information on the action of EPO in bone repair and fracture healing. Therefore, we investigated the effect of EPO treatment on bone healing in a murine closed femur fracture model using radiological, histomorphometric, immunohistochemical, biomechanical and protein biochemical analysis. Thirty-six SKH1-hr mice were treated with daily i.p. injections of 5000 U/kg EPO from day 1 before fracture until day 4 after fracture. Controls received equivalent amounts of the vehicle. After 2 weeks of fracture healing, we could demonstrate expression of the EPO-receptor (EPOR) in terminally differentiating chondrocytes within the callus. At this time point EPO-treated animals showed a higher torsional stiffness (biomechanical analysis: 39.6+/-19.4% of the contralateral unfractured femur) and an increased callus density (X-ray analysis (callus density/spongiosa density): 110.5+/-7.1%) when compared to vehicle-treated controls (14.3+/-8.2% and 105.9+/-6.6%; pEPO treatment had vanished at 5 weeks after fracture. We conclude that EPO-EPOR signaling is involved in the process of early endochondral ossification, enhancing the transition of soft callus to hard callus.

  10. Relationship between microstructure, material distribution, and mechanical properties of sheep tibia during fracture healing process.

    Gao, Jiazi; Gong, He; Huang, Xing; Fang, Juan; Zhu, Dong; Fan, Yubo


    The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between microstructural parameters, material distribution, and mechanical properties of sheep tibia at the apparent and tissue levels during the fracture healing process. Eighteen sheep underwent tibial osteotomy and were sacrificed at 4, 8, and 12 weeks. Radiographs and micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) scanning were taken for microstructural assessment, material distribution evaluation, and micro-finite element analysis. A displacement of 5% compressive strain on the longitudinal direction was applied to the micro-finite element model, and apparent and tissue-level mechanical properties were calculated. Principle component analysis and linear regression were used to establish the relationship between principle components (PCs) and mechanical parameters. Visible bony callus formation was observed throughout the healing process from radiographic assessment. Apparent mechanical property increased at 8 weeks, but tissue-level mechanical property did not increase significantly until 12 weeks. Three PCs were extracted from microstructural parameters and material distribution, which accounted for 87.592% of the total variation. The regression results showed a significant relationship between PCs and mechanical parameters (R>0.8, PCT imaging could efficiently predict bone strength and reflect the bone remodeling process during fracture healing, which provides a basis for exploring the fracture healing mechanism and may be used as an approach for fractured bone strength assessment.

  11. Effectiveness of joint mobilisation after cast immobilisation for ankle fracture: a protocol for a randomised controlled trial [ACTRN012605000143628

    Haas Marion


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Passive joint mobilisation is a technique frequently used by physiotherapists to reduce pain, improve joint movement and facilitate a return to activities after injury, but its use after ankle fracture is currently based on limited evidence. The primary aim of this trial is to determine if adding joint mobilisation to a standard exercise programme is effective and cost-effective after cast immobilisation for ankle fracture in adults. Methods/Design Ninety participants will be recruited from the physiotherapy departments of three teaching hospitals and randomly allocated to treatment or control groups using a concealed procedure. All participants will perform an exercise programme. Participants in the treatment group will also receive joint mobilisation twice a week for four weeks. Blinded follow-up assessments will be conducted four, 12 and 24 weeks after randomisation. The primary outcome measures will be the Lower Extremity Functional Scale and the Assessment of Quality of Life. Secondary outcomes will include measures of impairments, activity limitation and participation. Data on the use of physiotherapy services and participants' out-of-pocket costs will be collected for the cost-effective and cost-utility analyses. To test the effects of treatment, between-group differences will be examined with analysis of covariance using a regression approach. The primary conclusions will be based on the four-week follow-up data. Discussion This trial incorporates features known to minimise bias. It uses a pragmatic design to reflect clinical practice and maximise generalisability. Results from this trial will contribute to an evidence-based approach for rehabilitation after ankle fracture.

  12. High Prevalence of Chronic Pain With Neuropathic Characteristics After Open Reduction and Internal Fixation of Ankle Fractures.

    Rbia, Nadia; van der Vlies, Cornelis H; Cleffken, Berry I; Selles, Ruud W; Hovius, Steven E R; Nijhuis, Tim H J


    Unstable ankle fractures require treatment with open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). Long-term functional outcome is satisfying in most patients; however, a number of patients have persistent complaints. Superficial nerve complications following ankle surgery may be the cause of chronic pain and disability. In this observational retrospective survey, a cohort of 527 women and men, who underwent ORIF in the period from January 2007 to January 2014, were invited to an online questionnaire. Pain symptoms were assessed using the McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ) and the Douleur Neuropathic en 4 Questions (DN4) Questionnaire. Descriptive statistics were used to present patient characteristics; a logistic regression model was used to analyze prognostic factors of neuropathic pain. A total of 271 patients completed the questionnaire. Mean follow-up period was 5.8 years (±1.9). Persistent neuropathic pain symptoms were present in 61 of all patients, and 51 of these patients reported an impaired quality of life caused by their symptoms. In univariate analysis, the following parameters were associated with neuropathic pain: age, hypertension, a thyroid disorder, lower back pain, fracture dislocations, and late complications such as nonunion, posttraumatic arthritis, or osteochondral injury. In multivariate analysis, an age between 40 and 60 years was found to be a significant predictor of neuropathic pain. Hypertension, dislocation, and late complications were significant predictors of persistent pain without neuropathic characteristics. The present study demonstrated a prevalence of persistent neuropathic pain symptoms after ORIF for ankle fractures in 23% of the respondents, which caused an impaired health-related quality of life. We identified 4 significant predictors of chronic and neuropathic pain after ORIF. This knowledge may aid the treating surgeon to identify patients who are at increased risk of persistent postoperative neuropathic pain and may affect the

  13. Effect of extracorporeal shock wave therapy on fracture healing in rat femural fractures with intact and excised periosteum.

    Oktaş, Birhan; Orhan, Zafer; Erbil, Barış; Değirmenci, Erdem; Ustündağ, Nil


    The aim of this study is to compare the effect of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) on fractures with intact periosteum and excised periosteum. Thirty-seven Wistar albino rats were randomized into four groups. Osteotomy and intramedullary Kirschner wire fixation were performed on all right femurs under ketamin anesthesia. The first group (n=10) was identified as control group. In the second group (n=10), periosteum located at the osteotomy site was excised circumferentially during surgery. In the third group (n=9), periosteum was left intact and ESWT was applied. In the forth group (n=8), periosteums of all rats were excised and ESWT was applied. All fracture lines were evaluated radiographically each two weeks and histologically at the sixth week. Results were evaluated statistically. In periosteum excised group which represents a model of open fractures with soft tissue defect, ESWT application had a significantly positive histologic effect on bone healing. However, radiological evaluation did not reveal any statistically significant difference between groups with intact and excised periosteums. According to our findings, ESWT can be used to improve fracture healing and prevent pseudoarthrosis in the treatment of open fractures with accompanying soft tissue and periosteum damage. However, further clinical studies are required to include ESWT in routine practice.

  14. Stimulation of bone formation and fracture healing with pulsed electromagnetic fields: biologic responses and clinical implications.

    Chalidis, B; Sachinis, N; Assiotis, A; Maccauro, G


    Pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) have been used for several years to supplement bone healing. However, the mode of action of this non-invasive method is still debated and quantification of its effect on fracture healing is widely varied. At cellular and molecular level, PEMF has been advocated to promote the synthesis of extracellular matrix proteins and exert a direct effect on the production of proteins that regulate gene transcription. Electromagnetic fields may also affect several membrane receptors and stimulate osteoblasts to secrete several growth factors such as bone morphogenic proteins 2 and 4 and TGF-beta. They could also accelerate intramedullary angiogenesis and improve the load to failure and stiffness of the bone. Although healing rates have been reported in up to 87 % of delayed unions and non-unions, the efficacy of the method is significantly varied while patient or fracture related variables could not be clearly associated with a successful outcome.

  15. Expression and Role of Sonic Hedgehog in the Process of Fracture Healing with Aging.

    Matsumoto, Kenichi; Shimo, Tsuyoshi; Kurio, Naito; Okui, Tatsuo; Obata, Kyoichi; Masui, Masanori; Pang, Pai; Horikiri, Yuu; Sasaki, Akira


    Aging is one of the risk factors for delayed fracture healing. Sonic hedgehog (SHH) protein, an inducer of embryonic development, has been demonstrated to be activated in osteoblasts at the dynamic remodeling site of a bone fracture. Herein, we compared and examined the distribution patterns of SHH and the functional effect of SHH signaling on osteogenesis and osteoclastogenesis between young (5-week-old) and aged (60-week-old) mice during fracture healing. We found that SHH was expressed in bone marrow cells from the fractured site of the rib of young mice on day 5, but was barely detectable in the corresponding cells from the rib of aged mice. SHH was also detected in osteoblasts and bone marrow cells at the callus remodeling stage on days 14 and 28 in both young and aged mice. The number of alkaline phosphatase (ALP)-positive osteoblasts was significantly higher in young mice on days 5 and 14, whereas the number of tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP)-positive osteoclasts was significantly higher in aged mice. SHH stimulated significantly more osteoblast formation in the young compared to old mice. SHH stimulated the osteoclast formation directly in the aged mice and suppressed the formation indirectly through osteoprotegerin expression in the young mice. Results indicate that an aged-related delay of fracture healing may contribute to the unbalanced bone formation and resorption, regulated by hedgehog signaling.

  16. Chondrocyte BMP2 signaling plays an essential role in bone fracture healing.

    Mi, Meng; Jin, Hongting; Wang, Baoli; Yukata, Kiminori; Sheu, Tzong-Jen; Ke, Qiao Han; Tong, Peijian; Im, Hee-Jeong; Xiao, Guozhi; Chen, Di


    The specific role of endogenous Bmp2 gene in chondrocytes and in osteoblasts in fracture healing was investigated by generation and analysis of chondrocyte- and osteoblast-specific Bmp2 conditional knockout (cKO) mice. The unilateral open transverse tibial fractures were created in these Bmp2 cKO mice. Bone fracture callus samples were collected and analyzed by X-ray, micro-CT, histology analyses, biomechanical testing and gene expression assays. The results demonstrated that the lack of Bmp2 expression in chondrocytes leads to a prolonged cartilage callus formation and a delayed osteogenesis initiation and progression into mineralization phase with lower biomechanical properties. In contrast, when the Bmp2 gene was deleted in osteoblasts, the mice showed no significant difference in the fracture healing process compared to control mice. These findings suggest that endogenous BMP2 expression in chondrocytes may play an essential role in cartilage callus maturation at an early stage of fracture healing. Our studies may provide important information for clinical application of BMP2.

  17. Enhancement of fracture healing in the rat, modulated by compounds that stimulate inducible nitric oxide synthase

    Rajfer, R. A.; Kilic, A.; Neviaser, A. S.; Schulte, L. M.; Hlaing, S. M.; Landeros, J.; Ferrini, M. G.; Ebramzadeh, E.


    Objectives We investigated the effects on fracture healing of two up-regulators of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in a rat model of an open femoral osteotomy: tadalafil, a phosphodiesterase inhibitor, and the recently reported nutraceutical, COMB-4 (consisting of L-citrulline, Paullinia cupana, ginger and muira puama), given orally for either 14 or 42 days. Materials and Methods Unilateral femoral osteotomies were created in 58 male rats and fixed with an intramedullary compression nail. Rats were treated daily either with vehicle, tadalafil or COMB-4. Biomechanical testing of the healed fracture was performed on day 42. The volume, mineral content and bone density of the callus were measured by quantitative CT on days 14 and 42. Expression of iNOS was measured by immunohistochemistry. Results When compared with the control group, the COMB-4 group exhibited 46% higher maximum strength (t-test, p = 0.029) and 92% higher stiffness (t-test, p = 0.023), but no significant changes were observed in the tadalafil group. At days 14 and 42, there was no significant difference between the three groups with respect to callus volume, mineral content and bone density. Expression of iNOS at day 14 was significantly higher in the COMB-4 group which, as expected, had returned to baseline levels at day 42. Conclusion This study demonstrates an enhancement in fracture healing by an oral natural product known to augment iNOS expression. Cite this article: R. A. Rajfer, A. Kilic, A. S. Neviaser, L. M. Schulte, S. M. Hlaing, J. Landeros, M. G. Ferrini, E. Ebramzadeh, S-H. Park. Enhancement of fracture healing in the rat, modulated by compounds that stimulate inducible nitric oxide synthase: Acceleration of fracture healing via inducible nitric oxide synthase. Bone Joint Res 2017:6:–97. DOI: 10.1302/2046-3758.62.BJR-2016-0164.R2. PMID:28188129

  18. Effect of recombinant human basic fibroblast growth factor on angiogenesis during mandible fracture healing in rabbits

    龚振宇; 周树夏; 顾晓明; 李涤尘; 孙明林


    Objective: To investigate the effect of recombinant human basic fibroblast growth factor (rhbFGF) on angiogenesis during mandible fracture healing in rabbit. Methods: Fifty adult white rabbits were used for animal model and randomly divided into a control group (25 rabbits) and an experimental group (25 rabbits). The membranous complex of rhbFGF and bovine type I collagen was prepared and implanted into the rabbit mandible fracture site under periosteum. The animals were sacrificed on 7, 14, 28, 56 and 84 days respectively after operation and the whole mandibles were harvested. The expression of factor VIII related antigen (F8-RA) in callus was examined with immunohistochemical staining. Results: The amounts of microvascular formation in calluses in the rhbFGF-treating group on days 7, 14, 28 and 56 were more than those of the control group (P<0.01).Conclusions: The results indicated that rhbFGF could stimulate microvascular formation during mandible fracture healing in rabbits.

  19. Cosmos caudatus enhances fracture healing in ovariectomised rats: A preliminary biomechanical evaluation

    Pamela Godspower Rufus


    Full Text Available Summary. Osteoporotic fractures occur in osteoporotic states and affect patients’ quality of life. Cosmos caudatus (ulam raja is a local plant known for its high calcium content and anti-oxidant properties. The present study aimed to investigate the fracture healing properties of C. caudatus water extract in ovariectomised rats by studying the biomechanical properties of tibia. Twenty-four female Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into 4 groups: (i sham operated (ii ovariectomised control (iii ovariectomised + estrogen (100µg/kg/day and (iv ovariectomised + C. caudatus (500mg/kg. Following six weeks of sham operation or ovariectomy, the right tibia of the rats were fractured. Rats were then given their respective treatment for 8 weeks with body weight monitored weekly. Biomechanical analysis indicated that the maximum load, stress and Young’s modulus of the ovariectomised control group (36.2 ± 4.7N, 10.01 ± 1.41MPa, 29.2 ± 9.39MPa respectively were significantly lower compared to sham operated (150.32 ± 32. 6N, 36.75 ± 7.98MPa, 183 ± 53.2MPa respectively and the C. caudatus treated group (136.86 ± 16.95N, 33.45 ± 4.14MPa, 155.13± 58.58MPa respectively. Therefore, C. caudatus extract improved the biomechanical property of the healed bone and may be beneficial for fracture healing in the estrogen deficient state.Industrial Relevance. Post-menopausal osteoporosis is a debilitating disease affecting women worldwide. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT, commonly used for the prevention and treatment of post-menopausal osteoporosis has been associated with several side effects. Thus, in finding alternatives in the treatment of osteoporosis, C. caudatus is a plant of interest. Previous study showed that C. caudatus improved bone histomorphometry in ovariectomized rats by increasing double-labeled surface (dLS/BS, mineral appositional rate (MAR, osteoid volume (OV/BV and osteoblast surface (Ob.S/BS. Therefore, the present study aimed to assess

  20. Experimental fracture healing: evaluation using radionuclide bone imaging: concise communication. [/sup 99m/Tc-methylene diphosphonate; rabbits

    Gumerman, L.W.; Fogel, S.R.; Goodman, M.A.; Hanley, E.N. Jr.; Kappakas, G.S.; Rutkowski, R.; Levine, G.


    Radionuclide bone imaging was performed in a rabbit model to observe the course of fracture healing and to establish criteria for distinguishing nonunion and delayed healing from normal healing. Sequential gamma-camera images (with pinhole collimator) were collected and subjected to computer analysis. Five groups were established: (a) control--immobilization; (b) control--immobilization plus periosteal stripping; (c) simple fracture--osteotomy; (d) delayed union--osteotomy plus periosteal stripping; and (e) nonunion--osteotomy, periosteal stripping and polymethyl methacrylate interposed between fracture fragments. Histographic representation of absolute count rates along rabbit tibias followed a predictable pattern in the simple-fracture and delayed-union groups. They differed only in the time of appearance of phases. The non-union group demonstrated no recognizable sequential pattern. In this experimental model, serial bone scanning the quantitative data analysis has shown potential for indicating the course of healing in fractures and for serving as a guide to treatment.

  1. Improving Impact Strength Recovery of Fractured and Healed Rice Husks Fibre Reinforced Polypropylene Composites.

    Odhong, O.V.E


    Full Text Available Rice husks fibre reinforced polypropylene composite (rhfrpc is a natural plant fibre reinforced polymer composite having advantages of high strength, light weight and affordability. They are commonly used for light load structural and non structural applications. They are mainly used as particle boards, for fencing post, roofing tiles, for interiors of car and aircrafts among other usages. This material once cracked by impact forces cannot be repaired using traditional repair methods for engineering materials such as metals or other composites that can be repaired by welding or by patch repair methods respectively, thus a method of repair of rice husks fibre reinforced polypropylene composites by refilling the damaged volume by injection of various healing agents has been investigated. The composite coupons were produced by injection moulding, cooled sufficiently and prepared for charpy impact tests. Test results for pristine coupons were a maximum of 48 J/mm2 . The destroyed coupons were then subjected to healing in a fabricated healing fixture. Healing agents such as epoxy resin, ethyl cyanoacrylate, and tannin gum have been investigated for their use as possible healing agents to fill the damaged volume and perform healing action at the fractured surfaces. The impact test results were recorded and compared with those of unhealed pristine coupons. The recovered strengths were a maximum of 60 J/mm2 translating into a 125% impact strength recovery, and this is good enough for the healed composites to be recommended for reuse in their second lives of their respective original functions.

  2. Tooth in the line of angle fractures: the impact in the healing process. A retrospective study of 112 patients.

    Zanakis, Stylianos; Tasoulas, Jason; Angelidis, Ioannis; Dendrinos, Christos


    There is no consensus regarding the prophylactic removal of mandibular third molars (TM) in fracture lines to facilitate healing. Recent evidence suggests that poor healing is attributed to the limited use of antimicrobials, delayed care and semi-rigid fixation as a treatment method, favoring retention of TM. A retrospective cohort study of all patients presenting with mandibular angle fractures at the Hippokration General Hospital of Athens (2006-2011) was designed to examine the association between the presence versus absence of TMs in the line of mandibular fractures and the fracture healing process. Development of complications during the healing process was the outcome of interest. Additional factors considered were patient age, sex, and fracture etiology. Data were extracted from a retrospective chart review, including information from clinical and radiological examinations. The analytical sample included 112 patients with 121 angle fractures. Bivariate methods including Fisher's exact and chi-square tests were used to test the association between TM presence in the fracture line and healing complications. This study found no association between the presence of mandibular TM in the fracture line and postoperative complications and the healing process when combined with light intermaxillary fixation for 15 days. Copyright © 2014 European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


    Kaplan, Lee D.; Musto, Tony; Gaunaurd, Ignacio A.; Gailey, Robert S.; Kelley, William P.; Alemi, Timothy J.; Espinosa, Braulio; Mandler, Eli; Scavo, Vincent A.; West, Dustin C.


    ABSTRACT Background and Purpose Multiple rehabilitation factors including overall wellness need to be considered when an athlete returns to sport after an injury. The purpose of this case report is to describe a multidisciplinary approach for return to sport of a Division I collegiate football player following a traumatic ankle fracture requiring surgical repair. The assessment and treatment approach included the use of a performance-based physical therapy outcome measure, self-reported functional abilities, body composition assessments, and nutritional counseling. Case Description A 21 year-old running back fractured his lateral malleolus due to a mechanism of injury of excessive eversion with external rotation of the ankle. Surgical intervention included an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) of the fibula and syndesmosis. In addition to six months of rehabilitation, the patient received consultations from the team sports nutritionist specialist to provide dietary counseling and body composition testing. The Comprehensive High-level Activity Mobility Predictor-Sport (CHAMP-S), a performance-based outcome measure, self-report on the Foot and Ankle Disability Index (FADI-ADL, FADI-S), and body composition testing using whole body densitometry (BOD POD®), were administered throughout rehabilitation. Outcomes The subject was successfully rehabilitated, returned to his starting role, and subsequently was drafted by a National Football League (NFL) franchise. High-level mobility returned to above pre-injury values, achieving 105% of his preseason CHAMP-S score at discharge. Self-reported function on the FADI-ADL and FADI-Sport improved to 100% at discharge. Body fat percentages decreased (13.3% to 11.9%) and fat mass decreased (12.0 kg to 11.0kg). Lean body mass (78.1 kg to 81.5 kg) and lbm/in increased (1.14 kg/in to 1.19 kg/in). His BMI changed from 29.8 kg/m2 to 30.6 kg/m2. Discussion This case report illustrates the positive effects of a

  4. Electromagnetic stimulation as coadjuvant in the healing of diaphyseal femoral fractures: a randomized controlled trial

    Alfredo Martinez Rondanelli


    Full Text Available Introduction: There is controversy in medical literature regarding the use of electromagnetic fields to promote bone healing.Methods: After designing and building devices capable of generating an electromagnetic field for this study, their safety was confirmed and the electromagnetic therapy was randomly allocated and compared to placebo in patients with fracture of the femoral diaphysis. Treatment began six weeks after the fracture and it was administered once a day, during 1 h, for eight consecutive weeks. Twenty devices were built, 10 of which were placebo-devices. Between June 2008 and October 2009, 64 patients were randomized in two different hospitals and were followed for 24 weeks. The mean age was 30 years (18-59 and 81% were males.Results: Healing observed at week 12 was 75% vs. 58% (p= 0.1; at week 18, it was 94% vs. 80% (p= 0.15; and at week 24, it was 94% vs. 87% (p= 0.43 for the device group and the placebo group, respectively.Discussion: This study suggests that an electromagnetic field stimulus can promote earlier bone healing compared to placebo in femoral diaphyseal fractures. Faster bone healing translates into sooner weight bearing, which – in turn – permits quicker return to normal daily activities.

  5. A Comparison of Screw Fixation and Suture-Button Fixation in a Syndesmosis Injury in an Ankle Fracture.

    Kim, Jung-Han; Gwak, Heui-Chul; Lee, Chang-Rack; Choo, Hye-Jeung; Kim, Jeon-Gyo; Kim, Dae-Yoo


    The present study compared the quality of reduction and the clinical assessment between screw fixation and suture-button fixation with an ankle fracture accompanied by syndesmosis injury. We studied the clinical and radiologic findings 1 year postoperatively through retrospective examination of 24 patients who had undergone screw fixation from January 2011 to December 2012 and prospective examination of 20 patients who had undergone suture button fixation from January 2013 to May 2014. Regarding the tibiofibular clear space, tibiofibular overlap, and medial clear space, the screw fixation group had improvement from a preoperative mean of 6.97 (range 2.79 to 15.81) mm, 4.43 (range 0 to 7.87) mm, 7.90 (range 4.24 to 19.50) mm to a postoperative mean of 4.95 (range 2.72 to 9.08) mm, 6.29 (range 0 to 10.37) mm, and 4.32 (range 1.98 to 6.57) mm, respectively. The corresponding improvement for the suture-button fixation group was from a preoperative mean of 6.65 (range 3.94 to 13.73) mm, 5.39 (range 0 to 9.44) mm, 7.27 (range 4.04 to 16.00) mm to a postoperative mean of 5.15 (range 2.93 to 7.30) mm, 7.21 (range 2.15 to 10.30) mm, and 4.25 (range 2.97 to 5.71) mm. No statistically significant difference was found between the 2 techniques. Both suture-button and metal screw fixation are effective treatment methods for an ankle fracture accompanied by syndesmosis injury. However, a long-term and prospective analysis is needed. Copyright © 2016 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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  7. Research of Correlation between Deep Vein Thrombosis and Ankle Fractures%踝部骨折与深静脉血栓的相关研究进展

    田维; 贾健


    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious complication of fractures. The incidence of ankle fracture which occurs most frequently intra-articular is 200/100 000, about 3.9%of all fractures. Domestic and foreign reports of ankle fractures and DVT were allocated and analyzed to review their correlation. Furthermore, different methods of rou-tined thromboprophylaxis was discussed. DVT incident after ankle fractures and the necessity of routined thromboprophy-laxis were reviewed. DVT incidence after ankle fractures was low and routine thromboprophylaxis was not necessary to all ankle fracture patients except the ones who had risk factors of thrombosis which could induce DVT.%深静脉血栓(DVT)为骨折及其术后严重并发症,踝部骨折发生率为200/10万,占全身骨折的3.9%,为最常见的关节内骨折。本文汇总分析国内外踝部骨折DVT发生与治疗的相关文献,就踝部骨折与DVT的相关性及常规预防血栓治疗方法进行综述,研究踝部骨折后DVT发生的概率及预防血栓治疗的必要性,得出踝部骨折DVT发生率较低,预防血栓治疗无常规应用抗凝药物必要,但当存在诱发血栓的高危因素时,DVT发生率增高,应予以规范抗凝防栓治疗的结论。

  8. Determining the Role of Sost and Sostdc1 During Fracture Healing

    Yee, Cristal Sook Ngei [Univ. of California, Merced, CA (United States)


    The bone is a dynamic organ, often changing throughout the course of the human lifespan with its continuous remodeling, laying down new bone and resorbing old bone. With age, the bone becomes increasingly porous and mechanically unstable, leading to the development of osteoporosis in some individuals. Elderly patients with osteoporosis are at an increased risk of fracturing their bones which contributes to a higher mortality rate. Recent studies have revealed that type 1 diabetic mellitus (T1DM) patients also have an osteoporotic bone phenotype and impaired fracture healing, independent of age. Currently, there is a lack of available treatments that can improve impaired healing and directly enhance bone formation. Therefore, there is a great need for developing new therapies that can not only aid type 1 diabetic patients with osteoporosis to improve bone phenotype, but that could also aid patients with difficult or impaired fracture healing. In this thesis, I will be discussing the role of Wnt signaling and Sclerostin, a Wnt antagonist that negatively regulates bone formation, in the content of fracture repair.

  9. Exposure to 100% Oxygen Abolishes the Impairment of Fracture Healing after Thoracic Trauma.

    Julia Kemmler

    Full Text Available In polytrauma patients a thoracic trauma is one of the most critical injuries and an important trigger of post-traumatic inflammation. About 50% of patients with thoracic trauma are additionally affected by bone fractures. The risk for fracture malunion is considerably increased in such patients, the pathomechanisms being poorly understood. Thoracic trauma causes regional alveolar hypoxia and, subsequently, hypoxemia, which in turn triggers local and systemic inflammation. Therefore, we aimed to unravel the role of oxygen in impaired bone regeneration after thoracic trauma. We hypothesized that short-term breathing of 100% oxygen in the early post-traumatic phase ameliorates inflammation and improves bone regeneration. Mice underwent a femur osteotomy alone or combined with blunt chest trauma 100% oxygen was administered immediately after trauma for two separate 3 hour intervals. Arterial blood gas tensions, microcirculatory perfusion and oxygenation were assessed at 3, 9 and 24 hours after injury. Inflammatory cytokines and markers of oxidative/nitrosative stress were measured in plasma, lung and fracture hematoma. Bone healing was assessed on day 7, 14 and 21. Thoracic trauma induced pulmonary and systemic inflammation and impaired bone healing. Short-term exposure to 100% oxygen in the acute post-traumatic phase significantly attenuated systemic and local inflammatory responses and improved fracture healing without provoking toxic side effects, suggesting that hyperoxia could induce anti-inflammatory and pro-regenerative effects after severe injury. These results suggest that breathing of 100% oxygen in the acute post-traumatic phase might reduce the risk of poorly healing fractures in severely injured patients.

  10. Closed reduction and Kirschner wire and cannulated screws fixation for grade Ⅳ supination-external rotation ankle fractures%闭合复位克氏针及空心钉内固定治疗旋后外旋型Ⅳ度踝关节骨折

    孔祥标; 李铭雄; 张细祥


    Objective To investigate the less damage surgical methods and efficacy in treating grade Ⅳ supinationextenal rotation ankle fractures.Methods 22 patients of grade Ⅳ supination-external rotation ankle fractures were treated by closed reduction and Kirschner wire and cannulated screws fixation.Results 18 cases were followed up ranged from 4 to 10 months.The wound got primary healing without infection.All fracture were healed without obvious aching.According to the ankle-hindfoot scale of AOFAS: the results were excellent in 12 cases, good in 7 , and fair in 3.Conclusions This method is effective for grade Ⅳ supination-external rotation ankle fractures with small incision, less infection rate and good result.%目的 探讨旋后外旋型Ⅳ度踝关节骨折的微创治疗方法及疗效.方法 对22例旋后外旋型Ⅳ度踝关节骨折患者采用闭合复位克氏针及空心钉内固定治疗.结果 18例患者获得随访,时间4~10个月.伤口均一期愈合,无感染.骨折均愈合,无明显疼痛不适.采用 AOFAS踝关节-后足评分标准:优 12例,良7例,一般3例.结论 闭合复位经皮克氏针及空心钉固定治疗旋后外旋型Ⅳ度踝关节骨折,切口小,感染率低,疗效良好.

  11. Stimulatory effect of zinc acexamate administration on fracture healing of the femoral-diaphyseal tissues in rats.

    Igarashi, A; Yamaguchi, M


    The effect of zinc acexamate on fracture healing of the femoral-diaphyseal tissues in rats was investigated in vivo. Zinc acexamate (0.3 and 10.0 mg Zn/100 g body weight per day) was orally administered to rats (4 weeks old) surgically fractured the femoral diaphysis for 14 to 28 days. Calcium content and alkaline phosphatase activity in the femoral-diaphyseal tissues were significantly decreased in rats with fracture healing, while bone acid phosphatase activity and protein content were markedly increased. The administration of zinc acexamate (10.0 mg Zn/100 g) for 28 days caused a significant increase in calcium content, alkaline and acid phosphatases activities, protein and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) contents in the femoral-diaphyseal tissues of rats with fracture healing. With the lower dose (3.0 mg Zn/100 g), zinc compound had a partial effect on bone components. Femoral mineral density in rats with fracture healing was significantly increased by the administration of zinc acexamate (10.0 mg Zn/100 g) for 28 days. Femoral-diaphyseal zinc content was significantly decreased in rats with fracture healing. This decrease was completely restored by the administration of zinc acexamate (10.0 mg Zn/100 g) for 28 days. The present study suggests that the supplement of zinc compound stimulates fracture healing of the femoral-diaphyseal tissues in rats.

  12. WARRIOR-trial - is routine radiography following the 2-week initial follow-up in trauma patients with wrist and ankle fractures necessary : study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

    Weil, Nikki L.; Termaat, M. Frank; Rubinstein, Sidney M.; El Moumni, Mostafa; Zuidema, Wietse P.; Derksen, Robert Jan; Krijnen, Pieta; van Bodegom-Vos, Leti; Wendt, Klaus W.; van Kuijk, Cornelis; Rosendaal, Frits R.; Breederveld, Roelf S.; Goslings, J. Carel; Schipper, Inger B.; van Tulder, Maurits W.


    Background: Extremity fractures such as wrist and ankle fractures are a common and costly healthcare problem. The management of these fractures depends on fracture type and loss of congruity of the joint, resulting in cast immobilization or operative treatment. Loss of congruity or displacement lead

  13. Experimental study on healing process of rat mandibular bone fracture examined by radiological procedures

    Iuchi, Yukio; Furumoto, Keiichi (Nippon Dental Univ., Tokyo (Japan))


    The healing process of rat mandibular fractures was stereoscopically observed daily, using plain roentgenography in the lateral-oblique and tooth axis directions and bone scintigraphy using 99m-Tc-methylene diphosphoric acid (Tc-99m-MDP). The findings were compared with microradiograms of regional polished specimens. X-ray findings included the following. Up to 3 days after bone fracture, the fracture mesiodistally showed distinct radiolucency, with sharp and irregular fracture stump. Radiopacity of the fracture site gradually increased 7 days or later, and bone trabecular formation by callus and stump bridging started to occur at 14 days. Findings similar to those in the control group were observed 49 days or later. The inside was difficult to differentiate, irrespective of the observation time. Bone scans in the mesiodistal and buccolingual planes revealed tracer uptake in the areas of mandibular and soft tissue damage one day after bone fracture. Tracer uptake began to be seen in the fracture site 3 days later, and became marked at 14 days. Then Tc-99m DMP began to be localized and returned to the findings similar to those at 49 days. Bone scanning tended to show wider areas earlier than roentgenography. Microradiographic mesiodistal examination revealed distinct radiopacy of the fracture line for 3 days after bone fracture. Seven days later, bone resorption cavity occurred in the cortical bone around the fracture stump, along with neogenesis of callus. Neogenesis and calcification began to occur gradually, and 14 days later, the fracture osteoremodeling of the internal bone trabeculae was observed. Bone trabecular formation within the bone, however, occurred later. (N.K.).

  14. Experimental Timescales of Fracture-Healing Rheological Behavior of Thermoreversible Gels

    Thornell, Travis L.; Subramaniam, Krithika; Erk, Kendra A.

    Acrylic thermoreversible physical gels were used as a model soft material system to investigate fracture-healing behavior by shear rheometry. By using shear start-up experiments, gels at various concentrations and temperatures were measured to determine shear stress responses, and fracture was indicated by a decrease in shear stress (confirmed with rheophysical flow visualization experiments). Fractured gels were allowed to recover in the rheometer for set periods of time and were tested again using the same shear start-up procedure to evaluate the recovery kinetics of network strength. Relationships between the network recovery and the normalized ratio of the resting times and characteristic relaxation times of the gels were determined. It was found that resting times for fully healed networks needed to be 2 or 3 orders of magnitude greater than the relaxation times. The extent of fracture was also investigated. Gels that were deformed to smaller total strain magnitudes were suspected to have incomplete (or partial) fracture as results showed various responses for given resting times.

  15. Expedited patient-specific assessment of contact stress exposure in the ankle joint following definitive articular fracture reduction.

    Kern, Andrew M; Anderson, Donald D


    Acute injury severity, altered joint kinematics, and joint incongruity are three important mechanical factors linked to post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA). Finite element analysis (FEA) was previously used to assess the influence of increased contact stress due to joint incongruity on PTOA development. While promising agreement with PTOA development was seen, the inherent complexities of contact FEA limited the numbers of subjects that could be analyzed. Discrete element analysis (DEA) is a simplified methodology for contact stress computation, which idealizes contact surfaces as a bed of independent linear springs. In this study, DEA was explored as an expedited alternative to FEA contact stress exposure computation. DEA was compared to FEA using results from a previously completed validation study of two cadaveric human ankles, as well as a previous study of post-operative contact stress exposure in 11 patients with tibial plafond fracture. DEA-computed maximum contact stresses were within 19% of those experimentally measured, with 90% of the contact area having computed contact stress values within 1MPa of those measured. In the 11 fractured ankles, maximum contact stress and contact area differences between DEA and FEA were 0.85 ± 0.64 MPa and 22.5 ± 11.5mm(2). As a predictive measure for PTOA development, both DEA and FEA had 100% concordance with presence of OA (KL grade ≥ 2) and >95% concordance with KL grade at 2 years. These results support DEA as a reasonable alternative to FEA for computing contact stress exposures following surgical reduction of a tibial plafond fracture.

  16. Collagenases and gelatinases in bone healing. The focus on mandibular fractures

    Kurzepa Jacek


    Full Text Available Due to high amount of collagen fibres in the structure of bone, the enzymes capable of collagen digestion play a key role in bone remodelling. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs, prevailing extracellular endopeptideses, can digest extracellularly located proteins, e.g. collagen, proteoglycans, elastin or fibronectin. Among MMPs, collagenases (MMP-1, MMP-8 and MMP-13 and gelatinases (MMP-2 and MMP-9 can cleave collagen particles to forms that are able to undergo further steps of catabolism intracellularly. In addition, activity of the gelatinases (as an activation of proinflammatory cytokines facilitates spreading inflammation that is necessary during the first stage of bone healing. Further studies related to the role of various MMPs in mandibular fractures should precisely explain their function in the bone healing and evaluate the influence of MMPs inhibitors on that process. This review provides the basic information about two groups among MMPs family, collagenases and gelatinases, and their role in repairing processes after mandibular fractures.

  17. A review of locking compression plate biomechanics and their advantages as internal fixators in fracture healing.

    Miller, Danielle L; Goswami, Tarun


    Metallic implants are often involved in the open reduction and internal fixation of fractures. Open reduction and internal fixation is commonly used in cases of trauma when the bone cannot be healed using external methods such as casting. The locking compression plate combines the conventional screw hole, which uses non-locking screws, with a locking screw hole, which uses locking head screws. This allows for more versatility in the application of the plate. There are many factors which affect the functionality of the plate (e.g., screw placement, screw choice, length of plate, distance from bone, etc.). This paper presents a review of the literature related to the biomechanics of locking compression plates and their use as internal fixators in fracture healing. Furthermore, this paper also addresses the materials used for locking compression plates and their mechanical behavior, parameters that control the overall success, as well as inherent bone quality results.

  18. Can Chronic Ankle Instability be Prevented? Rethinking Management of Lateral Ankle Sprains.

    Denegar, Craig R.; Miller, Sayers J., III


    Investigates whether chronic ankle instability can be prevented, discussing: the relationship between mechanical and functional instability; normal ankle mechanics, sequelae to lateral ankle sprains, and abnormal ankle mechanics; and tissue healing, joint dysfunction, and acute lateral ankle sprain management. The paper describes a treatment model…

  19. 踝关节骨折畸形愈合的重建手术%Reconstruction for malunited ankle fractures

    施忠民; 顾文奇; 邹剑; 罗从风; 张长青; 曾炳芳


    Objective To summarize the clinical outcomes of reconstruction of malunited ankle fractures.Methods From January 2006 to October 2009,23 malunited ankle fractures were treated in our department.All deformities were evaluated individually based on pre-operatively X-ray and CT scan.Varying degrees of fibular shortening or rotational deformity were found in all patients,with 4 cases of varus or valgus deformity,and 5 of a widen syndesmosis.Then different reconstructive techniques were chosen according to the type of malunion:a lengthening fibular osteotomy was performed in patients with fibular shortening or rotational deformity;an opening or closing wedge osteotomy was chosen correspondingly in patients with varus or valgus deformity;functional fusion of syndesmosis was performed in cases of widen syndesmosis.The postoperative follow-up included standard radiography to evaluate bone union;relative complications were also recorded and functional outcome were assessed with American Orthopedic Foot Ankle Society (AOFAS)ankle-hindfoot scores.Results Twenty-one patients were followed up with an average period of 36 months (12-58 months).There were no complications of infection,implant failure,nonunion or malunion.Solid union with a favorable alignment was obtained at an average of 12 weeks (10-14 weeks).The mean pre-operative AOFAS ankle-hindfoot score was 28 (15-39).While the score increased to 82 (70-94) one year after operations.But 2 patients underwent ankle arthrodesis correspondingly 18 months and 24 months post-operatively due to severely post-traumatic arthritis.Conclusion An early realignment reconstruction of the length and rotation of fibula and the congruity of ankle mortise may improve the ankle function and slow down the development of post-traumatic arthritis for patients who suffered from malunited ankle fractures.%目的 总结踝关节骨折畸形愈合重建术的临床疗效.方法 2006年1月至2009年1O月,共收治23例踝关节陈旧

  20. The Ankle Injury Management (AIM) trial: a pragmatic, multicentre, equivalence randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation comparing close contact casting with open surgical reduction and internal fixation in the treatment of unstable ankle fractures in patients aged over 60 years.

    Keene, David J; Mistry, Dipesh; Nam, Julian; Tutton, Elizabeth; Handley, Robert; Morgan, Lesley; Roberts, Emma; Gray, Bridget; Briggs, Andrew; Lall, Ranjit; Chesser, Tim Js; Pallister, Ian; Lamb, Sarah E; Willett, Keith


    BACKGROUND Close contact casting (CCC) may offer an alternative to open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery for unstable ankle fractures in older adults. OBJECTIVES We aimed to (1) determine if CCC for unstable ankle fractures in adults aged over 60 years resulted in equivalent clinical outcome compared with ORIF, (2) estimate cost-effectiveness to the NHS and society and (3) explore participant experiences. DESIGN A pragmatic, multicentre, equivalence randomised controlled trial incorporating health economic evaluation and qualitative study. SETTING Trauma and orthopaedic departments of 24 NHS hospitals. PARTICIPANTS Adults aged over 60 years with unstable ankle fracture. Those with serious limb or concomitant disease or substantial cognitive impairment were excluded. INTERVENTIONS CCC was conducted under anaesthetic in theatre by surgeons who attended training. ORIF was as per local practice. Participants were randomised in 1 : 1 allocation via remote telephone randomisation. Sequence generation was by random block size, with stratification by centre and fracture pattern. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Follow-up was conducted at 6 weeks and, by blinded outcome assessors, at 6 months after randomisation. The primary outcome was the Olerud-Molander Ankle Score (OMAS), a patient-reported assessment of ankle function, at 6 months. Secondary outcomes were quality of life (as measured by the European Quality of Life 5-Dimensions, Short Form questionnaire-12 items), pain, ankle range of motion and mobility (as measured by the timed up and go test), patient satisfaction and radiological measures. In accordance with equivalence trial US Food and Drug Administration guidance, primary analysis was per protocol. RESULTS We recruited 620 participants, 95 from the pilot and 525 from the multicentre phase, between June 2010 and November 2013. The majority of participants, 579 out of 620 (93%), received the allocated treatment; 52 out of 275 (19%) who received CCC later

  1. To evaluate the role of platelet-rich plasma in healing of acute diaphyseal fractures of the femur

    Roop Singh


    Conclusion: PRP has no effect on femoral shaft fracture healing treated with closed intramedullary nailing. However, PRP and matrix scaffold provided by fibrin membrane may provide an artificial hematoma effect in the initial phase of healing in open or failed closed intramedullary nailing.

  2. Effect of autocontrol micromotion intramedullary interlocking nail on fracture healing: an experimental study

    XU Wei-zhou; GUO Xiao-dong; ZHAO Ju-cai; WANG Yi-jin


    Objective: To investigate the effect of autocontrol micromotion locking nail (AMLN) on experimental fracture healing and its mechanism.Methods: 16 goats undergoing both sides of transverse osteotomy of the femoral shafts were fixed intramedullary with AMLN and Gross-Kempf (GK) nail,respectively. The follow-up time was 7, 14, 28 and 56days. Roentgenographic, biomechanical, histological,scanning electromicroscopic and biochemical analyses were done.Results: ( 1 ) The strength of anticompression,antiflexion and antitorsion in the fractural end in the AMLN-fixed group was higher than that of GK nail-fixed group; whereas, the rate of stress shelter in the fractured end decreased significantly (P < 0.01 ). (2) The content of the total collagen, insoluble collagen, calcium and phosphate in the AMLN-fixed group was higher than that in the GK nail-fixed group ( P < 0.05 ). ( 3 ) Histological observation and quantitative analysis of calluses revealed that AMLN could promote the growth of bridge calluses and periosteum calluses. Hence the facture healing and remolding process achieved early, which was much better than traditional GK nail fixation. (P < 0.05). ( 4 ) 7-14days postoperation, the calluses of AMLN-fixed group was flourish and camellarly arranged and the collagen fibril formed constantly in the absorption lacuna of bone trabecula. 28-56 days postoperation, the collagen fibril was flourish around the absorption lacuna and was parallel to the bone's longitudinal axis. Active bony absorption and formation were seen, so was remolding and rebuilding.Haversian system was intact and the bony structural net was very tenacious because of the deposition of calcium salt.None of the above findings was observed in the GK nailfixed group.Conclusions: The design of AMLN accords well with the plastic fixation theory. As the geometry ametabolic system constituted by the intramedullary fixation instruments and the proximal and distal end of the fracture is very firm and stable

  3. Stress fractures of ankle and wrist in childhood: nature and frequency

    Oestreich, Alan E. [Cincinnati Children' s Hospital Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Cincinnati, OH (United States); Bhojwani, Nicholas [University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH (United States)


    Stress fractures of many etiologies are found not infrequently in various tarsal bones but are less commonly recognized in carpal bones. To assess the distribution of tarsal and carpal stress fractures. During the last three decades, the senior author collected locations of tarsal and carpal bone stress fracture callus seen on plain radiographs. 527 children with tarsal and carpal stress fractures were identified (88 children had multiple bones involved). The totals were: calcaneus 244, cuboid 188, talus 121, navicular 24, cuneiforms 23, capitate 18, lunate 1, and scaphoid 1. Stress fractures were more frequently seen once we became aware each particular bone could be involved. Tarsal and carpal stress fractures in children are not rare. Careful perusal of these bones is urged in all susceptible children with limping or wrist pain. (orig.)

  4. Ankle Cheilectomy

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  5. Mechanics and mechano-biology of fracture healing in normal and osteoporotic bone.

    Augat, Peter; Simon, Ulrich; Liedert, Astrid; Claes, Lutz


    Fracture repair, which aims at regaining the functional competence of a bone, is a complex and multifactorial process. For the success of fracture repair biology and mechanics are of immense importance. The biological and mechanical environments must be compatible with the processes of cell and tissue proliferation and differentiation. The biological environment is characterized by the vascular supply and by many biochemical components, the biochemical milieu. A good vascular supply is a prerequisite for the initiation of the fracture repair process. The biochemical milieu involves complex interactions among local and systemic regulatory factors such as growth factors or cytokines. The mechanical environment is determined by the local stress and strain within the fracture. However, the local stress and strain is not accessible, and the mechanical environment, therefore, is described by global mechanical factors, e.g., gap size or interfragmentary movement. The relationship between local stress and strain and the global mechanical factors can be obtained by numerical models (Finite Element Model). Moreover, there is considerable interaction between biological factors and mechanical factors, creating a biomechanical environment for the fracture healing process. The biomechanical environment is characterized by osteoblasts and osteocytes that sense the mechanical signal and express biological markers, which effect the repair process. This review will focus on the effects of biomechanical factors on fracture repair as well as the effects of age and osteoporosis.

  6. Review of techniques for monitoring the healing fracture of bones for implementation in an internally fixated pelvis.

    Wong, Lydia Chwang Yuh; Chiu, Wing Kong; Russ, Matthias; Liew, Susan


    Sacral fractures from high-impact trauma often cause instability in the pelvic ring structure. Treatment is by internal fixation which clamps the fractured edges together to promote healing. Healing could take up to 12 weeks whereby patients are bedridden to avoid hindrances to the fracture from movement or weight bearing activities. Immobility can lead to muscle degradation and longer periods of rehabilitation. The ability to determine the time at which the fracture is stable enough to allow partial weight-bearing is important to reduce hospitalisation time. This review looks into different techniques used for monitoring the fracture healing of bones which could lead to possible methods for in situ and non-invasive assessment of healing fracture in a fixated pelvis. Traditional techniques being used include radiology and CT scans but were found to be unreliable at times and very subjective in addition to being non in situ. Strain gauges have proven to be very effective for accurate assessment of fracture healing as well as stability for long bones with external fixators but may not be suitable for an internally fixated pelvis. Ultrasound provides in situ monitoring of stiffness recovery but only assesses local fracture sites close to the skin surface and has only been tested on long bones. Vibration analysis can detect non-uniform healing due to its assessment of the overall structure but may suffer from low signal-to-noise ratio due to damping. Impedance techniques have been used to assess properties of non-long bones but recent studies have only been conducted on non-biological materials and more research needs to be done before it can be applicable for monitoring healing in the fixated pelvis.

  7. Osteoporosis influences the middle and late periods of fracture healing in a rat osteoporotic model

    WANG Jian-wei; LI Wei; XU Shao-wen; YANG Di-sheng; WANG Yun; LIN Min; ZHAO Guang-feng


    Objective: To evaluate the influence of osteoporosis on the middle and late periods of fracture healing process through observing the histomorphological changes, bone mineral density and biomechanical properties in ovariectomized rats. Methods: Eighty-four female SD rats of 4 months old were randomly divided into osteoporosis group and sham operation group, 42 in each. Rats in osteoporosis group were performed ovariectomy operation while those in sham operation group were given sham operation. A midshaft tibia fracture model was established 10 weeks after ovariectomy. Tibias were harvested 2, 4, 6, 12, 18 weeks after fracture for bone mineral density, histomorphological and biomechanical evaluation. Results: Compared with the sham operation group, callus bone mineral density was 12.8%, 18.0%, 17.0% lower in osteoporosis group 6, 12, 18 weeks after fracture, respectively (P<0.05); callus failure load was 24.3%, 31.5%, 26.6%, 28.8% lower in osteoporosis group, and callus failure stress was 23.9%, 33.6%, 19.1%, 24.9% lower in osteoporosis group 4, 6, 12, 18 weeks after fracture, respectively (P<0.05). In osteoporosis group, endochondral bone formation was delayed, more osteoclast cells could be seen around the trabecula, and the new bone trabecula arranged loosely and irregularly. Conclusions: Osteoporosis influences the middle and late periods of fracture healing in the rat osteoporotic model. The impairment is considered to be the result of combined effects of prolonged endochondral calcification, high activated osteoclast cell and the deceleration of the increase in bone mineral density.

  8. Ankle Fractures and Modality of Hospital Transport at a Single Level 1 Trauma Center: Does Transport by Helicopter or Ground Ambulance Influence the Incidence of Complications?

    Greenberg, Sarah E; Ihejirika, Rivka C; Sathiyakumar, Vasanth; Lang, Maximilian F; Estevez-Ordonez, Dagoberto; Prablek, Marc A; Chern, Alexander Y; Thakore, Rachel V; Obremskey, William T; Joyce, David; Sethi, Manish K


    In an era of concern over the rising cost of health care, cost-effectiveness of auxiliary services merits careful evaluation. We compared costs and benefits of Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) with Ground Emergency Medical Service (GEMS) in patients with an isolated ankle fracture. A medical record review was conducted for patients with an isolated ankle fracture who had been transported to a level 1 trauma center by either HEMS or GEMS from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2010. We abstracted demographic data, fracture grade, complications, and transportation mode. Transportation costs were obtained by examining medical center financial records. A total of 303 patients was included in the analysis. Of 87 (28.71%) HEMS patients, 53 (60.92%) had sustained closed injuries and 34 (39.08%) had open injuries. Of the 216 (71.29%) GEMS patients, 156 (72.22%) had closed injuries and 60 (27.78%) had open injuries. No significant difference was seen between the groups regarding the percentage of patients with open fractures or the grade of the open fracture (p = .07). No significant difference in the rate of complications was found between the 2 groups (p = 18). The mean baseline cost to transport a patient via HEMS was $10,220 + a $108/mile surcharge, whereas the mean transport cost using GEMS was $976 per patient + $16/mile. Because the HEMS mode of emergency transport did not significantly improve patient outcomes, health systems should reconsider the use of HEMS for patients with isolated ankle fractures. Copyright © 2015 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. 应用 Lauge-Hansen分型手术治疗踝关节骨折%Application of Lauge-Hansen classification for surgical treatment of ankle fractures

    赵广超; 薛双桃; 桂召柳; 吴天亮; 林志祥; 曹松松; 夏太保


    目的:探讨应用Lauge-Hansen分型手术治疗踝关节骨折的临床疗效。方法对30例踝关节骨折患者按Lauge-Hansen分型行手术治疗。术中按分型的损伤机制进行复位,根据骨折特征选择合适内固定。对踝关节术后疗效使用Baird-Jackson评分标准评价。结果术后X线片显示骨折复位良好,踝穴形态恢复正常,内固定位置满意。患者均获得随访,时间3~46个月。按踝关节Baird-Jackson评分标准评价:优20例,良7例,可2例,差1例,优良率90%。结论应用Lauge-Hansen分型手术治疗踝关节骨折,可指导术中骨折复位,选择合适内固定,判断下胫腓联合损伤情况,提高手术疗效。%Objective To evaluate the clinical efficacy of surgical treatment of ankle fracture by Lauge -Hansen classi-fication.Methods Thirty cases of ankle fractures underwent surgical treatment according to Lauge -Hansen classifi-cation.Intraoperative reduction according to fractural mechanism of damage , the internal fixation was selected accord-ing to the fracture characteristic .The ankle postoperative curative effect was evaluated by Baird-Jackson criteria .Re-sults The postoperative X-ray film showed good fracture reduction , the ankle mortise shape was recoved to normal , internal fixation position satisfaction .All patients were followed up for 3~46 months.According to ankle Baird-Jack-son score criteria, the result was excellent in 20 cases, good in 7, fair in 2, and poor in 1, with the excellent-good rate of 90%.Conclusions Surgical treatment of ankle fracture by Lauge-Hansen classification can guide fracture re-duction of operation , select the appropriate internal fixation , judge the joint injury of the lower tibia and fibula , and improve surgery efficacy .

  10. Effect of Absorbable Hydroxyapatite/Poly-DL-Lactide Rods on Experimental Fracture Healing

    GUO Xiaodong; ZHENG Qixin; DU Jingyuan; LIU Yong


    In order to investigate the effect of a new institute-designed absorbable hydroxyapatite microparticles/poly-DL-lactide (HA/PDLLA) fracture fixation devices on experimental fracture healing, 25 rabbits with a transverse transcondylar osteotomy of the distal femur were fixed intramedullary by a HA/PDLLA rod (4.5 mm in diameter, 30-40 mm in length). The follow-up time lasted 1, 2, 4, 6 and 12 week(s). Roentgenographic, histological and ultrastructural analyses were conducted. The results showed that allosteotomies united within 6 weeks without delay.No accumulation of inflammatory cells was seen. Ultrastructural studies showed that polymorphonuclear neutrophils and macrophages were observed mainly at the 1st week, but only few were noted at the 2nd week. The inflammatory and debridement stages were not prolonged. Large amount of active fibroblasts and some chondroblasts were observed at the 2nd week, suggesting a fibrous callus stage. The main cellularity at 4th week was osteoblasts and osteocytes. Part of osteocytes had already entered the static stage at the 6th week. Our experiment showed that the HA/PDLLA had good biocompatibility, sufficient mechanical streugth and caused no delay to the fracture healing.

  11. Great increase in bone 66 kDa protein and osteocalcin at later stages with healing rat fractures: effect of zinc treatment.

    Igarashi, Aki; Yamaguchi, Masayoshi


    Fracture healing has been demonstrated to increase production of bone growth factors, and this elevation has been shown to be enhanced by zinc treatment. Moreover, the effect of zinc treatment on production of bone osteocalcin, which is a kind of Ca2+-binding protein localized in bone matrix, at the later stages with bone fracture was investigated. Rats were sacrificed 7 (earlier stage) or 21 (later stage) days after fracture of femoral diaphysis. Femoral-diaphyseal tissues with fracture healing were cultured in a serum-free medium for 24 h. Many proteins in the bone tissues were released into the medium. Bone protein production was markedly elevated 21 days after bone fracture as compared with that of 7 days. A approximately 66 kDa protein molecule, a major protein component which was produced by the diaphyseal tissues during fracture healing, was predominantly increased at the later stages with fracture healing. Bone osteocalcin production was significantly increased during fracture healing. This increase was enhanced at the later stages with fracture healing. The presence of zinc acexamate (10(-4) M) in culture medium caused a significant increase in bone protein and osteocalcin production at 7 or 21 days after bone fracture. The effect of zinc acexamate in increasing bone total protein and osteocalcin production was remarkable at the later stages with fracture healing. Moreover, zinc treatment caused a significant increase in alkaline phosphatase activity, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and calcium content in the femoral-diaphyseal tissues of the later stages with fracture healing in vitro. The present study demonstrates that bone protein production is markedly increased at the later stages with fracture healing, and that zinc treatment can enhance production of bone protein components including osteocalcin in vitro. Zinc treatment may stimulate the healing of femoral fracture at earlier and later stages.

  12. Enhancement of fracture healing by electrical stimulation in the comminuted intraarticular fracture of distal radius.

    Kohata, Kazuhiro; Itoh, Soichiro; Takeda, Shu; Kanai, Misa; Yoshioka, Taro; Suzuki, Hiroyuki; Yamashita, Kimihiro


    Effectiveness of an alternating electric current (AC) stimulation in prevention of bone deformity for comminuted intraarticular fracture of distal radius were verified by comparing postoperative results treated with a wrist-bridging external fixator combined with or without an AC stimulator (EF and NEF, respectively), and a palmar locking plate (LP). This study evaluated 92 cases (mean age 67.9 ± 11.4 years) of type C2 and 60 cases (mean age 69.7 ± 9.5 years) of type C3 distal radius fractures, as classified by the Association for Osteosynthesis. In total, 55 and 24 cases were treated with EF and NEF, respectively; and 73 cases were treated with LP. Callus appeared 27.5 ± 4.6 days postoperatively and the external skeletal fixation period was significantly shorter in the EF group than in the NEF group. The decrease in radial length was significantly lower in the EF group when compared to the LP group. There were no significant differences among the groups for the other radiographic and functional parameters. AC stimulation combined to the external fixation may be a promising method to prevent postoperative deformity in the severely comminuted intraarticular fractures by accelerating callus maturation and facilitating new bone bridging across the gap of fracture site.

  13. Healing of delayed management of double traumatized incisors with complicated crown: Root fracture and apical pathosis

    Abdullah M Alsaedan


    Full Text Available The present case report shows a 23-year-old male who was subjected to trauma in his maxillary right central and lateral incisors with crown and transverse apical third root fractures. Root canal therapy was started, but the patient did not complete it. After 6 years, the patient was subjected to another trauma on the same teeth and showed up after 3 weeks of the second trauma to continue his treatment. Clinical examination revealed that both incisors were sensitive to percussion and palpation with labial sinus tract and pus discharge through the open access cavity of the central incisor. Radiographic evaluation demonstrated root fracture of the central incisor with large radiolucency. Root canal treatment for both incisors and periradicular surgery was done. Histopathologic examination of the periapical lesion demonstrated tissue necrosis and fungal hyphae. Follow-up showed no symptoms with good healing. The treatment modality appears to be effective in dealing with delayed management of traumatized anterior teeth.

  14. Absorbable screw and metal screw fixation for ankle fractures:comparison of biocompatibility and ankle function%可吸收螺钉与金属螺钉内固定修复踝关节骨折:生物相容性及踝关节功能比较

    赵学寨; 李海军; 孟彩云; 李岩; 张仕峰; 刘明辉


    BACKGROUND:Previous ankle fracture surgery mainly uses the internal fixation materials such as metal screws or Kirschner wire, which can achieve a strong internal fixation, but al need to be taken out in the secondary surgery. In recent years, elastic modulus of biodegradable absorbable screw is identical to that of cancel ous bone, and has been widely used in clinic. OBJECTIVE:To compare the biocompatibility and functional recovery of ankle joint in the repair of ankle fractures with absorbable screws and metal screws. METHODS:100 patients with ankle fractures were selected, including 70 males and 30 females, at the age of 19 to 55 years old. Fifty patients were repaired with absorbable screws and fifty patients were repaired with metal screws. Clinical efficacy, Kofoed score, fracture healing time and adverse events were observed between the two groups after repair. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:Patients were fol owed up for over 6 months in both groups, showing good bony cal us, good contraposition and alignment at the fracture end. No delayed union or nonunion occurred. The excel ent and good rate of clinical effect was 96%and 94%in the absorbable screw group and metal screw group, respectively, showing no significant difference. There was no significant difference in ankle Kofoed score, fracture healing time and incidence of adverse events between the two groups (P>0.05). These results suggest that absorbable screw fixation for ankle fractures had good biocompatibility and could effectively restore ankle function;its effects are similar to that of traditional metal screws.%背景:传统踝关节骨折内固定修复中使用的材料多为金属螺钉或克氏针等,虽然可达到坚强内固定的目的,但均需二次手术取出。近年来,由于生物降解可吸收螺钉的弹性模量与松质骨相当,已作为金属螺钉替代物被广泛应用于临床。目的:比较可吸收螺钉与金属螺钉置入内固定修复踝关节骨折的生物

  15. Healing patterns of clavicular birth injuries as a guide to fracture dating in cases of possible infant abuse

    Walters, Michele M.; Forbes, Peter W.; Buonomo, Carlo; Kleinman, Paul K. [Boston Children' s Hospital, Department of Radiology, Boston, MA (United States)


    Dating fractures is critical in cases of suspected infant abuse. There are little scientific data to guide radiologists, and dating is generally based on personal experience and conventional wisdom. Since birth-related clavicular fractures are not immobilized and their age is known, we propose that an assessment of these injuries may serve as a guide for dating inflicted fractures in young infants, acknowledging that patterns observed in the clavicle may not be entirely generalizable to other bones injured in the setting of abuse. One hundred thirty-one radiographs of presumed birth-related clavicular fractures in infants between 0 and 3 months of age were reviewed by two pediatric radiologists with 30 and 15 years' experience. Readers were asked to evaluate images based on several parameters of fracture healing, with a focus on subperiosteal new bone formation (SPNBF) and callus formation. SPNBF and callus were each evaluated with regard to presence, thickness and character. Responses were correlated with known fracture ages. SPNBF was rarely seen in fractures less than 7 days old and was most often present by 10 days. Callus formation was rarely seen in fractures less than 9 days old and was most often present by 15 days. SPNBF thickness increased with fracture age and the character of SPNBF evolved from single-layered to solid/multilayered. Callus thickness decreased with fracture age and callus matrix evolved from soft to intermediate to hard in character. There is an evolution in clavicular fracture healing in young infants that follows a predictable pattern. These findings afford the prospect that predictable patterns of infant clavicular fracture healing can provide an evidence base that may be applicable in cases of suspected infant abuse. (orig.)

  16. Effects of recombinant human growth hormone (r-hGH) on experimental osteoporotic fracture healing


    Objective: To observe the effect of recombinant human growthhormone (r-hGH) on osteoporotic fracture healing in rats, and to provide an effective therapy for osteoporotic fracture.Methods: Thirty-six female 8-month-old SD rats were randomized into two groups: therapy group and control group. After the experimental model of osteoporotic fracture was established, the therapy group was treated with r-hGH of 2.7 mg/kg body weigh/day (1 mg=3 IU) for 10 days continuously by daily subcutaneous injection; whereas the control group was treated with equivalent saline. Plasma insulin-like growth factor I concentration was detected and bone mineral density (BMD) as well as biomechanical strength of callus were measured at 2, 4, 8 weeks.Results: Plasma insulin-like growth factor I concentration in the therapy group was higher than that in the control group (P<0.005) at 2nd week and began to decline at 4th week. At 8th week, there was no significant difference between the two groups. At 4th week, callus area and BMD in therapy group were higher than those in the control group, but at 8th week, they were lower and BMD had a significant difference between the two groups (P<0.001). Biomechanical testing of callus showed that torsional strength of the therapy group was higher than that of the control group at 4th or 8th week, meanwhile maximum torsional angle had a significant difference between the two groups (P<0.005).Conclusions: The results show that exogenous r-hGH can stimulate osteoporotic fracture healing in rats.

  17. Systemic inhibition of canonical Notch signaling results in sustained callus inflammation and alters multiple phases of fracture healing.

    Michael I Dishowitz

    Full Text Available The Notch signaling pathway is an important regulator of embryological bone development, and many aspects of development are recapitulated during bone repair. We have previously reported that Notch signaling components are upregulated during bone fracture healing. However, the significance of the Notch pathway in bone regeneration has not been described. Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine the importance of Notch signaling in regulating bone fracture healing by using a temporally controlled inducible transgenic mouse model (Mx1-Cre;dnMAML(f/- to impair RBPjκ-mediated canonical Notch signaling. The Mx1 promoter was synthetically activated resulting in temporally regulated systemic dnMAML expression just prior to creation of bilateral tibial fractures. This allowed for mice to undergo unaltered embryological and post-natal skeletal development. Results showed that systemic Notch inhibition prolonged expression of inflammatory cytokines and neutrophil cell inflammation, and reduced the proportion of cartilage formation within the callus at 10 days-post-fracture (dpf Notch inhibition did not affect early bone formation at 10dpf, but significantly altered bone maturation and remodeling at 20dpf. Increased bone volume fraction in dnMAML fractures, which was due to a moderate decrease in callus size with no change in bone mass, coincided with increased trabecular thickness but decreased connectivity density, indicating that patterning of bone was altered. Notch inhibition decreased total osteogenic cell density, which was comprised of more osteocytes rather than osteoblasts. dnMAML also decreased osteoclast density, suggesting that osteoclast activity may also be important for altered fracture healing. It is likely that systemic Notch inhibition had both direct effects within cell types as well as indirect effects initiated by temporally upstream events in the fracture healing cascade. Surprisingly, Notch inhibition did not alter

  18. In vivo study of microarc oxidation coated biodegradable magnesium plate to heal bone fracture defect of 3mm width.

    Wu, Y F; Wang, Y M; Jing, Y B; Zhuang, J P; Yan, J L; Shao, Z K; Jin, M S; Wu, C J; Zhou, Y


    Microarc oxidation (MAO) coated magnesium (Mg) with improved corrosion resistance appeal increasing interests as a revolutionary biodegradable metal for fractured bone fixing implants application. However, the in vivo corrosion degradation of the implants and bone healing response are not well understood, which is highly required in clinic. In the present work, 10μm and 20μm thick biocompatible MAO coatings mainly composed of MgO, Mg2SiO4, CaSiO3 and Mg3(PO4)2 phases were fabricated on AZ31 magnesium alloy. The electrochemical tests indicated an improved corrosion resistance of magnesium by the MAO coatings. The 10μm and 20μm coated and uncoated magnesium plates were separately implanted into the radius bone fracture site of adult New Zealand white rabbits using a 3mm width bone fracture defect model to investigate the magnesium implants degradation and uninhibited bone healing. Taking advantage of the good biocompatibility of the MAO coatings, no adverse effects were detected through the blood test and histological examination. The implantation groups of coated and uncoated magnesium plates were both observed the promoting effect of bone fracture healing compared with the simple fracture group without implant. The releasing Mg(2+) by the degradation of implants into the fracture site improved the bone fracture healing, which is attributed to the magnesium promoting CGRP-mediated osteogenic differentiation. Mg degradation and bone fracture healing promoting must be tailored by microarc oxidation coating with different thickness for potential clinic application. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  19. "Logsplitter" injury in clinical treatment and prognosis evaluation in ankle fractures%“Logsplitter”损伤的治疗方法与预后评价

    宫良丰; 李盛龙; 齐志明; 李庆; 仲涛; 王志坚; 汤欣


    aration caused by varieties of violence does not catch the attention of domestic orthopedic surgeons enough in the past years.This passage is to discuss the damage mechanism,clinical treatment and prognosis evaluation of this kind of injury through the analysis of the case of "Logsplitter" injury.Methods Retrospective analysis 23 patients of "Logsplitter" injury from December 2006 to December 2014,male in 17 cases,female in 6 cases,average age (43.68±12.67) years (21-60 years).Hurt injury in 9 cases,sports injury in 1 case,falling injury in 2 cases,traffic injuries in 10 cases,crushing injury in 1 case.Open injures in 10 cases,of which the Gustilo Ⅱ type in 7 cases,Gustilo Ⅲ A type or above in 3 cases,closed injuries in 13 cases.According to the AO/OTA fracture classification,44c type in 19 cases,44b type in 3 cases,44a type in 1 case.Fibula fractures in 22 cases,19 cases of medial malleolus fracture.Results 23 patients received follow-up,with an average period was (0.91±0.26) years (0.4-2.37 years).21 cases underwent open reduction internal fixation (ORIF),2 cases underwent closed reduction external fixation and K-wire fixation.17 cases were fixed with the syndesmosis screws,among them,1 screw was used to fix 14 cases,two screws were used to fix 3 cases;the utilization rate of 3.5 mm screws is higher,at 94.1%,and all screws were entered through 3 layers of cortical;Combined with medial malleolus fracture cases were fixed with cannulated screws/K-wire internal fixation.Average healing time of the skin surrounding the ankle skin was (2.26±1.91) weeks;average healing time of fracture was (15.34±5.13) weeks;Joint pain ocurred combined with joint space narrowing after loading in 18 cases,at 78.3%;Postoperative infection,2 cases,the proportion was 8.7%;Fracture delayed union 1 case.Functional examination of the ankle joint (angle measurement method):Dorsiflexion average angle (23.9±2.21)degrees,Plantar flexion average angle (32.1 ±4.13) degrees

  20. Experimental studies of healing process of rat mandibular condylar fracture, using /sup 45/Ca as tracer

    Shimizu, Tatsuaki (Gifu Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Medicine)


    The cervical region of the mandibular condylus of young rats was fractured. The healing process was observed pathohistologically, autoradiographically using /sup 45/Ca as a tracer, and by ultra soft roentgenography. Condylectomy of the mandibular condylus was done at the same time and its regeneration observed. The results of the observation are as follows: The fractured portion is bonded with the soft tissue 1 - 2 weeks postoperatively. Histologically, new-blood vessels in the granulation tissue and the connective tissue's change into fibers are seen. On the second week chondrocytes appeared in the neck of the capitulum mandibulae and the stump of the ascending branch. On the 3rd postoperative week, the stump of the fracture of the bone is bonded with proliferated cartilaginous tissue and an osseous bond was seen in part by autoradiograph and ultra soft x-ray picture. New bone due to periosteal ossification is seen around the stump on the ascending branch side, and the bone reconstruction with osteoclasts was seen in the inside the trabeculae. On the 4th postoperative week, osseous concrescence is observed in the fractured portion. Regeneration of the capitulum mandibulae after extirpation of the capitulum mandibulae is seen in all the cases. On the postoperative 12th week, the macroscopic form of the degenerated capitulum mandibulae which seemed to be excessive becomes almost the same morphologically with that of the contralateral side and it was observed histologically that the construction of the capitulum mandibulae is completely restored.

  1. Study of stress adaptability of fracture healing%骨折愈合的应力适应性研究

    董福慧; 关继超; 赵勇; 邹炳曾; 尚天裕


    目的 探讨骨折端受力、肌肉动力、骨痂密度与骨折愈合的关系。方法 通过传感器电测技术与X线灰度分析的方法,从三个方面对骨折愈合的应力适应性进行了研究:①分别对14只1岁龄山羊进行了断端受力与骨折愈合的关系的研究;②对10只健康成年家兔进行了肌肉动力与骨折愈合的关系的研究;③对56只健康成年家兔进行了骨痂密度与骨折愈合的关系的研究。结果与结论 ①理想的骨折愈合与最佳的应力状态相适应;②肌肉动力是应力适应的反馈调节因素;③骨痂密度是应力适应的反馈结果。%Objective To explore the relationship between local stress status,muscular motivation,callus density and fracture healing.Methods Stress adaptability of fracture healing was studied from three respects:1.the relationship between fracture local stress and fracture healing was studied in 14 one year old goats;2.the relationship between muscular motivation and fracture healing was studied in 10 health adult rabbits and 3.the relationship between callus density and fracture healing was studied in 56 healthy adult rabbits.Electric transducer technique and X-ray densitometry method were used in all the three groups of animals.Results and Conclusion 1.Ideal fracture healing should be adapted to the best stress status;2.Muscular motivation is the biofeedback regulation factor of stress adaptability of fracture healing;3.The density of callus is the result of biofeedback of stress adaptability of fracture healing.

  2. The Role of Radiographs and Office Visits in the Follow-Up of Healed Intertrochanteric Hip Fractures: An Economic Analysis.

    Kempegowda, Harish; Richard, Raveesh; Borade, Amrut; Tawari, Akhil; Howenstein, Abby M; Kubiak, Erik N; Suk, Michael; Horwitz, Daniel S


    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role and the necessity of radiographs and office visits obtained during follow-up of intertrochanteric hip injuries. Retrospective study. Two level I trauma centers. Four hundred sixty-five elderly patients who were surgically treated for an intertrochanteric fracture of the femur at 2 level I trauma centers between January 2009 and August 2014 were retrospectively identified from orthopaedic trauma databases. Analysis of all healed intertrochanteric hip fractures, including demographic characteristics, quality of reduction, time of healing, number of office visits, number of radiographs obtained, and each radiograph for fracture alignment, implant position or any pathological changes. The surgical fixation of 465 fractures included 155 short nails (33%), 232 long nails (50%), 69 sliding hip screw devices (15%), 7 trochanteric stabilizing plates (1.5%), and 2 proximal femur locking plates (0.5%). The average fracture healing time was 12.8 weeks and the average follow-up was 81.2 weeks. Radiographs of any patient obtained after the fracture had healed did not reveal any changes, including fracture alignment or implant position and hardware failure. In 9 patients, pathological changes, including arthritis (3), avascular necrosis (3), and ectopic ossification (3) were noted. The average number of elective office visits and radiographs obtained after the fracture had healed were 2.8 (range: 1-8) and 2.6 (range: 1-8), respectively. According to Medicare payments to the institution, these radiographs and office visits account for a direct cost of $360.81 and $192, respectively, per patient. The current study strongly suggests that there is a negligible role for radiographs and office visits during the follow-up of a well-healed hip fracture when there is documented evidence of radiographic and clinical healing with acceptable fracture alignment and implant position. Implementation of this simple measure will help in reducing

  3. Healing

    Ventres, William B.


    My personal ethos of healing is an expression of the belief that I can and do act to heal patients while I attend to the traditional goals of medicine. The 7 supporting principles that inform my ethos are dignity, authenticity, integrity, transparency, solidarity, generosity, and resiliency. I invite others, including medical students, residents, and practicing physicians, to reflect and discover their own ethos of healing and the principles that guide their professional growth. A short digital documentary accompanies this essay for use as a reflective prompt to encourage personal and professional development. PMID:26755787

  4. Fracture-induced mechanophore activation and solvent healing in poly(methyl methacrylate)

    Celestine, Asha-Dee N.

    of the crack tip. Control specimens in which the mechanophore is absent or tethered in positions in which no mechanochemical activation is expected are also tested and exhibit no change in color or fluorescence intensity with crack propagation. The relationship between fracture-induced mechanophore activation in rubber toughened SP-PMMA and the strain and stress ahead of the propagating crack is also studied. SP activation is again detected and quantified by in situ fluorescence imaging. Digital Image Correlation (DIC) is used to measure the strain ahead of the crack tip. The corresponding stress is generated through the use of the Hutchinson-Rice-Rosengren (HRR) singularity field equations. Mechanophore activation ahead of the crack tip is shown to follow a power law distribution that is closely aligned with strain. The potential of SP as a damage sensor is explored further by incorporating the spiropyran into the core of rubber nanoparticles. SP-linked rubber nanoparticles are synthesized using a seeded emulsion polymerization process and incorporated into cross-linked PMMA at a concentration of 5 wt%. Cylindrical specimens are torsion tested and the activation of the SP within the nanoparticles is monitored via full field fluorescence imaging. SP activation within the core is shown to increase with shear strain. Autonomous damage repair in PMMA is also investigated. The first demonstration of fully autonomous self-healing in PMMA is achieved through the use of solvent microcapsules. Solvent microcapsules with a PMMA-anisole liquid core are prepared and embedded within a linear PMMA matrix. Specimens of the microcapsule-loaded material are then fabricated for Double Cleavage Drilled Compression (DCDC) fracture testing. The DCDC specimens, containing increasing concentrations of solvent microcapsules, are tested and then allowed to heal for a fixed period of time before a second DCDC test. The healing efficiency of each material system is evaluated based on the

  5. Power Doppler assessment of the neovascularization during uncomplicated fracture healing of long bones in dogs and cats.

    Risselada, Marije; Kramer, Martin; Saunders, Jimmy H; Verleyen, Piet; Van Bree, Henri


    The aims of this prospective study were to test the feasibility of assessing neovascularization with power Doppler ultrasonography and to investigate its usefulness to follow fracture healing of long bones in dogs and cats. A total of 51 patients (44 dogs and seven cats) were followed. Fracture types differed from simple to comminuted. Therapy ranged from external coaptation to plate osteosynthesis. Patients were followed with radiography, B-mode real time and power Doppler ultrasonography every 2-4 weeks until the fracture was healed. All fractures healed uneventfully. A semi-quantitative numerical score based on signal intensity, vessel area, and number of Doppler signals was assigned and the mean value was used to compare patients and examinations. Time postoperatively was divided into periods of 10 days. No Doppler signal was present during the first 10 days. The mean of the scores was highest between 11 and 20 days postoperatively and the median of the scores peaked between 21 and 30 days. A gradual decrease was seen thereafter. The mean of the scores was zero at 71-80 days and the median at 51-0 days postoperatively for the grouped results. In all positive power Doppler examinations, signals were present in and close to the callus. In seven patients (five dogs and two cats) signals were also present in the peripheral soft tissues in one of the follow up examinations. The normal healing process of fractured bones can be visualized using power Doppler ultrasonography and follows a distinctive time-dependent pattern.

  6. The association of gender and body mass index with postoperative pain scores when undergoing ankle fracture surgery

    Samuel Robert Grodofsky


    This study intends to determine if there is an association between gender or BMI and the immediate postoperative pain scores after undergoing an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF of an ankle fracture with general anesthesia and morphine only analgesia. Materials and Methods: Using a retrospective cohort design, the perioperative records were reviewed at a university healthcare hospital.One hundred and thirty-seven cases met all inclusion and no exclusion criteria. Postanesthesia care unit (PACU records were reviewed for pain scores at first report and 30 min later as well as PACU opiate requirements. T-test, chi-square, and Mann-Whitney tests compared univariate data and multivariate analysis was performed by linear regression. Results: There were no statistically significant PACU pain score group differences based on gender or BMI. Post hoc analysis revealed that in the setting of similar pain scores, obese patients received a similar weight based intraoperative morphine dose when using adjusted body weight (ABW compared to nonobese subjects. A further finding revealed a negative correlation between age and pain score (P = 0.001. Conclusion: This study did not find an association between obesity or gender and postoperative pain when receiving morphine only preemptive analgesia. This study does support the use of ABW as a means to calculate morphine dosing for obese patients and that age is associated with lower immediate pain scores.

  7. Accident reconstruction to analyze impact of injured drivers during the collision. Ankle fracture in the car-to-car offset frontal collision; Join no jusho jokyo ni kansuru jiko saigen. Joyosha doshi no offset zenmen shototsuji no ashi kansetsu kossetsu

    Sakurai, M. [Japan Automobile Research Institute Inc., Tsukuba (Japan)


    An accident reconstruction test of car-to-car crash was conducted in order to analyze the impact on the driver in the offset head-on collision. The ankle fracture of the driver resulting from the accident was examined with the test results and the accident data. The test results of the car-to-car crashes indicated that the belted driver`s ankle would have fractured in the early stage of the crash. The detailed information from the accident data, especially the cars` interior deformation and the driver`s X-ray photographs, was also very important in analyzing injury mechanisms of the ankle/foot region. The above results suggested an injury mechanism that the ankle joint fracture was due to dorsiflexion and valgus resulting from the impact and intrusion of the toeboard in the early stage of the crash. 12 refs., 11 figs.

  8. Optimal Treatment of Malignant Long Bone Fracture: Influence of Method of Repair and External Beam Irradiation on the Pathway and Efficacy of Fracture Healing


    Medical University of South Carolina Department of Orthopaedics 96 Jonathan Lucas Street Suite 708 MSC 622 8. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION REPORT NUMBER...analysis is completed in year 3. Nothing to report. Publications, Abstracts, and Presentations: Abstracts accepted for Orthopaedic Conferences: 1...Fracture Healing. The 32nd Annual Meeting of the Southern Orthopaedic Association, Asheville, NC. 2015. (Podium presentation) Abstract included in

  9. Characterization of the increase in bone 66 kDa protein component with healing rat fractures: stimulatory effect of zinc.

    Igarashi, A; Yamaguchi, M


    The characterization of protein components produced from bone tissues with fracture healing was investigated. Weanling rats were sacrificed between 1 and 7 days after the femoral fracture. Protein content in the femoral-diaphyseal tissues was markedly elevated by fracture healing. Moreover, when the femoral-diaphyseal tissues with fracture healing were cultured for 24 h in a serum-free medium, many proteins in the bone tissues were released into the medium. Analysis with sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) showed that many protein molecules were released from the diaphyseal tissues with fracture healing. Especially, a protein molecule of approximately 66 kDa was markedly increased by fracture healing. This protein molecule was significantly increased, when the diaphyseal tissues with fracture healing were cultured in the presence of zinc acexamate (10(-6)-10(-4) M). Zinc acexamate (10(-4) M)-induced increase in medium 66 kDa protein molecule was significantly inhibited in the presence of actinomycin D (10(-7) M) or cycloheximide (10(-6) M). The zinc effect was completely blocked in the presence of PD98059 (10(-5) M), an inhibitor of MAPK kinase, or staurosporine (10(-6) M), an inhibitor of protein kinase C. The medium 66 kDa protein molecule was significantly elevated in the presence of parathyroid hormone (1-34) (10(-7) M), insulin-like growth factor-I (10(-8) M) or transforming growth factor-beta (10(-11) M), while 17beta-estradiol (10(-9) M) did not have an effect. The effect of these bone-stimulating factors was equal to the zinc effect. Zinc did not significantly enhance the effect of insulin-like growth factor-I in increasing medium 66 kDa protein molecule. The present study demonstrates that fracture healing increases production of the approximately 66 kDa protein molecule which is a major component produced from femoral-diaphyseal tissues of weanling rats, and that this elevation is enhanced by zinc treatment.

  10. Modified Blair ankle fusion for ankle arthritis

    Wang Shuangli; Huang Zhang; Xiong Gaoxin; Chen Guang; Yin Zhongxiang; Jiang Hua


    Objective:To investigate the clinical outcome of modified Blair ankle fusion for ankle arthritis.Methods:Between November 2009 and June 2012,28 patients with ankle arthritis were treated,among whom 11 had obvious foot varus deformity,and 17 were almost normal in appearance.There were 13 males and 15 females with an average age of 49.4 years (range,23-67 years).The main symptoms included swelling,pain,and a limited range of motion of the ankles.The ankle joints functions were assessed by American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) ankle and hindfoot score and visual analog scale (VAS) preoperatively and at 1 year follow-up.Results:Twenty-eight patients were followed up for 19.8 months on average (range,1-2 years).Superficial wound infection occurred in 3 cases,and was cured after debridement; the other incisions healed by first intention without complications.All ankles were fused at 1 year follow-up after operation.The symptom was relieved completely in all patients at last follow-up without complication of implant failure,or nonunion.The postoperative AOFAS ankle and hindfoot score was 83.13±3.76,showing significant difference when compared with the preoperative score (45.38±3.21,P<0.01).VAS was significantly decreased from 8.01±0.63 to 2.31±1.05 at 1 year follow-up (P<0.05).Conclusion:Modified Blair ankle fusion has the advantages of high feasiblity,less cost and rigid fixation.It shows high reliability in pain relief and may obtain a good clinical effectiveness.

  11. Effect of amino acids lysine and arginine on fracture healing in rabbits: A radiological and histomorphological analysis

    Sinha Shivam


    Full Text Available Background: Amino acids like arginine and lysine have been suggested to hasten the process of fracture healing by improving the local blood supply, supplementing growth factors, and improving collagen synthesis. We studied the role of lysine and arginine in the fracture repair process with regard to the rate of healing, probable mechanisms involved in the process, and mutual synergism between these agents. Materials and Methods: In an experimental study, 40 rabbits were subjected to ulnar osteotomy. They were distributed in control (14 and test groups (26. Twenty-six animals in the test group were fed with a diet rich in lysine and arginine. Both the groups were followed radiologically and histologically till union. Results: There was better healing of osteotomy in terms of better vascularization, callus formation, and mineralization in the test group. The time of healing in the test group was reduced by a period of 2 weeks. Conclusion: We conclude that amino acids like arginine and lysine may hasten fracture healing.

  12. A Biomechanical Comparison of Two Intramedullary Implants for Subtrochanteric Fracture in Two Healing Stages: A Finite Element Analysis

    Xinlei Wu


    Full Text Available Background. The biomechanical effect of two implants, namely, proximal femoral nail antirotation for Asia (PFNA-II and Expert Asian Femoral Nail (A2FN, for treating subtrochanteric fracture during healing stages, is still unclear. Methods. A 3D finite element model of an intact femur was constructed and validated. The fractured and postoperative models were accordingly produced. The postoperative models were loaded with the peak joint forces during gait for the soft and hard callus stages. The effects of stress distribution on the implants, femoral head and callus, and the deformation of the proximal femur were examined. Results. Both implants showed similar biomechanical effect in two healing stages. As the healing duration increased, the von Mises stress of two implants and the tensile stress of the femoral head decreased, whereas the compressive stress of the femoral head increased. However, the PFNA-II operation resulted in higher stress on the implant, lower stress on the proximal femur, and lower compressive stress and higher tensile stress on the callus than A2FN operation. Conclusions. The A2FN implant may provide a biomechanically superior construct for subtrochanteric fracture healing. However, the upper screw of the A2FN implant may be more likely to be loose in the healing process.

  13. Targeted delivery of lovastatin and tocotrienol to fracture site promotes fracture healing in osteoporosis model: micro-computed tomography and biomechanical evaluation.

    Nurul 'Izzah Ibrahim

    Full Text Available Osteoporosis is becoming a major health problem that is associated with increased fracture risk. Previous studies have shown that osteoporosis could delay fracture healing. Although there are potential agents available to promote fracture healing of osteoporotic bone such as statins and tocotrienol, studies on direct delivery of these agents to the fracture site are limited. This study was designed to investigate the effects of two potential agents, lovastatin and tocotrienol using targeted drug delivery system on fracture healing of postmenopausal osteoporosis rats. The fracture healing was evaluated using micro CT and biomechanical parameters. Forty-eight Sprague-Dawley female rats were divided into 6 groups. The first group was sham-operated (SO, while the others were ovariectomized (OVx. After two months, the right tibiae of all rats were fractured at metaphysis region using pulsed ultrasound and were fixed with plates and screws. The SO and OVxC groups were given two single injections of lovastatin and tocotrienol carriers. The estrogen group (OVx+EST was given daily oral gavages of Premarin (64.5 µg/kg. The Lovastatin treatment group (OVx+Lov was given a single injection of 750 µg/kg lovastatin particles. The tocotrienol group (OVx+TT was given a single injection of 60 mg/kg tocotrienol particles. The combination treatment group (OVx+Lov+TT was given two single injections of 750 µg/kg lovastatin particles and 60 mg/kg tocotrienol particles. After 4 weeks of treatment, the fractured tibiae were dissected out for micro-CT and biomechanical assessments. The combined treatment group (OVx+Lov+TT showed significantly higher callus volume and callus strength than the OVxC group (p<0.05. Both the OVx+Lov and OVx+TT groups showed significantly higher callus strength than the OVxC group (p<0.05, but not for callus volume. In conclusion, combined lovastatin and tocotrienol may promote better fracture healing of osteoporotic bone.

  14. Effect of bone marrow and low power lasers on fracture healing with destruction of both periosteum and endosteum in rabbits

    M. G. Thanoon


    Full Text Available Ten mature rabbits of local breed were used in this study; weighing between 1.5 to 1.75 kg and aged about 1–2 years. These animals were divided into two equal groups; in group A destruction of both periosteum and endosteum was done one centimeter from each side of mid-shaft femoral bone fracture, then sufficient amount of autogenously bone marrow was injected directly at the fracture site after immobilization by intramedullary pin. In group B a similar procedure was achieved as in group A, but in additional to that He-Ne infrared laser therapy was used for several sessions. The result of radiological findings indicated that, the fracture healing occurred within group B at fifteen weeks, whereas in group A the healing occurred at eighteen weeks after operation. The implantation of autologous bone marrow enhanced the fracture healing, whereas using of combinations of autologous bone marrow and He-Ne infrared laser therapy hastened the healing.

  15. Piper sarmentosum enhances fracture healing in ovariectomized osteoporotic rats: a radiological study.

    Estai, Mohamed Abdalla; Suhaimi, Farihah Haji; Das, Srijit; Fadzilah, Fazalina Mohd; Alhabshi, Sharifah Majedah Idrus; Shuid, Ahmad Nazrun; Soelaiman, Ima-Nirwana


    Osteoporotic fractures are common during osteoporotic states. Piper sarmentosum extract is known to possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. To observe the radiological changes in fracture calluses following administration of a Piper sarmentosum extract during an estrogen-deficient state. A total of 24 female Sprague-Dawley rats (200-250 g) were randomly divided into 4 groups: (i) the sham-operated group; (ii) the ovariectomized-control group; (iii) the ovariectomized + estrogen-replacement therapy (ovariectomized-control + estrogen replacement therapy) group, which was supplemented with estrogen (100 μg/kg/day); and (iv) the ovariectomized + Piper sarmentosum (ovariectomized + Piper sarmentosum) group, which was supplemented with a water-based Piper sarmentosum extract (125 mg/kg). Six weeks after an ovariectomy, the right femora were fractured at the mid-diaphysis, and a K-wire was inserted. Each group of rats received their respective treatment for 6 weeks. Following sacrifice, the right femora were subjected to radiological assessment. The mean axial callus volume was significantly higher in the ovariectomized-control group (68.2 ± 11.74 mm³) than in the sham-operated, estrogen-replacement-therapy and Piper sarmentosum groups (20.4 ± 4.05, 22.4 ± 4.14 and 17.5 ± 3.68 mm³, respectively). The median callus scores for the sham-operated, estrogen-replacement-therapy and Piper sarmentosum groups had median (range, minimum - maximum value) as 1.0 (0 - 2), 1.0 (1 - 2) and 1.0 (1 - 2), respectively, which were significantly lower than the ovariectomized-control group score of 2.0 (2 - 3). The median fracture scores for the sham-operated, estrogen-replacement-therapy and Piper sarmentosum groups were 3.0 (3 - 4), 3.0 (2 - 3) and 3.0 (2 - 3), respectively, which were significantly higher than the ovariectomized-control group score of 2.0 (1 - 2) (pPiper sarmentosum extract improved fracture healing, as assessed by the reduced callus volumes and

  16. Open-wedge high tibial osteotomy: incidence of lateral cortex fractures and influence of fixation device on osteotomy healing.

    Dexel, Julian; Fritzsche, Hagen; Beyer, Franziska; Harman, Melinda K; Lützner, Jörg


    Open-wedge high tibial osteotomy (HTO) is an established treatment for young and middle-aged patients with medial compartment knee osteoarthritis and varus malalignment. Although not intended, a lateral cortex fracture might occur during this procedure. Different fixation devices are available to repair such fractures. This study was performed to evaluate osteotomy healing after fixation with two different locking plates. Sixty-nine medial open-wedge HTO without bone grafting were followed until osteotomy healing. In patients with an intact lateral hinge, no problems were noted with either locking plate. A fracture of the lateral cortex occurred in 21 patients (30.4 %). In ten patients, the fracture was not recognized during surgery but was visible on the radiographs at the 6-week follow-up. Lateral cortex fracture resulted in non-union with the need for surgical treatment in three out of eight (37.5 %) patients using the newly introduced locking plate (Position HTO Maxi Plate), while this did not occur with a well-established locking plate (TomoFix) (0 out of 13, p = 0.023). With regard to other adverse events, no differences between both implants were observed. In cases of lateral cortex fracture, fixation with a smaller locking plate resulted in a relevant number of non-unions. Therefore, it is recommended that bone grafting, another fixation system, or an additional lateral fixation should be used in cases with lateral cortex fracture. III.

  17. Effect of Pentoxifylline Administration on an Experimental Rat Model of Femur Fracture Healing With Intramedullary Fixation.

    Vashghani Farahani, Mohammad Mahdi; Masteri Farahani, Reza; Mostafavinia, Ataroalsadat; Abbasian, Mohammad Reza; Pouriran, Ramin; Noruzian, Mohammad; Ghoreishi, Seyed Kamran; Aryan, Arefe; Bayat, Mohammad


    Globally, musculoskeletal injuries comprise a major public health problem that contributes to a large burden of disability and suffering. Pentoxifylline (PTX) has been originally used as a hemorheologic drug to treat intermittent claudication. Previous test tube and in vivo studies reported the beneficial effects of PTX on bony tissue. This study aims to evaluate the effects of different dosages of PTX on biomechanical properties that occur during the late phase of the fracture healing process following a complete femoral osteotomy in a rat model. We applied intramedullary pin fixation as the treatment of choice. This experimental study was conducted at the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. We used the simple random technique to divide 35 female rats into five groups. Group 1 received intraperitoneal (i.p.) PTX (50 mg/kg, once daily) injections, starting 15 days before surgery, and group 2, group 3, and group 4 received 50 mg/kg, 100 mg/kg, and 200 mg/kg i.p. PTX injections, respectively, once daily after surgery. All animals across groups received treatment for six weeks (until sacrificed). Complete surgical transverse osteotomy was performed in the right femur of all rats. At six weeks after surgery, the femurs were subjected to a three-point bending test. Daily administration of 50 mg/kg PTX (groups 1 and 2) decreased the high stress load in repairing osteotomized femurs when compared with the control group. The highest dose of PTX (200 mg/kg) significantly increased the high stress load when compared with the control group (P = 0.030), group 1 (P = 0.023), group 2 (P = 0.008), and group 3 (P = 0.010), per the LSD findings. Treatment with 200 mg/kg PTX accelerated fracture healing when compared with the control group.

  18. Effect of 900MHz electromagnetic fields emitted from cellular phones on fracture healing: an experimental study on rats.

    Aslan, Ahmet; Atay, Tolga; Gülle, Kanat; Kırdemir, Vecihi; Ozden, Ahmet; Çömlekçi, Selçuk; Aydoğan, Nevres Hürriyet


    The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) at 900 MHz frequencies on bone fracture healing. The study included 30 adult male Wistar albino rats (average weight: 256 g) divided into two equal groups. Transverse fracture was created manually by pressing a finger on the right tibias of all rats and fractures were fixed intramedullary using a K-wire. Rats in Group 1 were exposed to EMF at 900 MHz frequency 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week for 8 weeks. Group 2, the control group, was kept under the same experimental conditions without EMF exposure. Radiological, mechanical and histological examination of tibial fracture healing was performed. There was a significant difference between radiological, histological and manual biomechanical scores of the study and control groups (p=0.020, p=0.006 and p=0.032, respectively). All scores were lower in the study group than the control group. Results of this study demonstrate that EMF at 900 MHz of frequency emitted from cellular phones has a significantly negative effect on bone fracture healing in a rat tibia model.

  19. Relationship among bone mineral density, collagen composition, and biomechanical properties of callus in the healing of osteoporotic fracture

    SHEN Bin; MU Jian-xiong; PEI Fu-xing


    Objective: To study the change and relationship among bone mineral density (BMD), collagen composition and biomechanical properties of the callus in the healing process of osteoporotic fracture.Methods: The osteoporotic rat model and fracture model were established through bilateral ovariectomy(OVX) and osteotomy of the middle shaft of the right hind tibiae, respectively. Ninety female SD rats were randomly divided into OVX group and sham group. With the samples of blood and callus, roentgenoraphic and histological observation were performed for the assessment of the healing progress of the fracture, and the serum concentration of TRAP-5b, proportion of type Ⅰ collagen,BMD and biomechanical properties of the callus were measured.Results: The OVX group experienced a significant delay of fracture healing. The mean serum concentration of TRAP-5b of rats in the OVX group was much higher than that in the sham group after the operation (P < 0.05), but the difference at the same time point after fracture was smaller than that before fracture (P < 0.05 ). The BMD of the callus in both groups reached the peak value at the 6 th week after fracture while the proportion of the type Ⅰ collagen and the biomechanical strength reached the peak at the 8th week.Conclusions: The deficiency of estrogen after the ovariectomy could induce the up-regulation of the osteoclasts activities, whereas the potency of further activation after fracture was depressed. Although the synthesis of collagen together with its mineralization determines the biomechanical properties of new bone, the accumulation of collagen could be assessed as an index in the prediction of biomechanical strength of bones independent of the bone mineral deposition.

  20. Effects of recombinant human basic fibroblast growth factor on cell proliferation during mandibular fracture healing in rabbits


    Objective: To investigate the effects of recombinant human basicfibroblast growth factor (rhbFGF) on the cell proliferation during mandibular fracture healing in rabbits.Methods: The complex of rhbFGF and bovine type I collagen was implanted into the mandibular fracture site under periosteum of the animal. The whole mandible was harvested at 7, 14, 28, 56 and 84 days respectively after operation. The expression of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) in callus was examined with immunohistochemical staining.Results: PCNA-positive cells in callus in the rhbFGF-treated group on days 7 and 14 were more than that in the control group (P<0.01).Conclusions: It indicates that rhbFGF can stimulate cell proliferation during mandibular fracture healing in rabbits.

  1. The association of gender and body mass index with postoperative pain scores when undergoing ankle fracture surgery.

    Grodofsky, Samuel Robert; Sinha, Ashish C


    Intraoperative administration of opiates for postoperative analgesia requires a dosing strategy without clear indicators of pain in an anesthetized patient. Preoperative patient characteristics such as body mass index (BMI), gender, age, and other patient characteristics may provide important information regarding opiate requirements. This study intends to determine if there is an association between gender or BMI and the immediate postoperative pain scores after undergoing an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of an ankle fracture with general anesthesia and morphine only analgesia. Using a retrospective cohort design, the perioperative records were reviewed at a university healthcare hospital. One hundred and thirty-seven cases met all inclusion and no exclusion criteria. Postanesthesia care unit (PACU) records were reviewed for pain scores at first report and 30 min later as well as PACU opiate requirements. T-test, chi-square, and Mann-Whitney tests compared univariate data and multivariate analysis was performed by linear regression. There were no statistically significant PACU pain score group differences based on gender or BMI. Post hoc analysis revealed that in the setting of similar pain scores, obese patients received a similar weight based intraoperative morphine dose when using adjusted body weight (ABW) compared to nonobese subjects. A further finding revealed a negative correlation between age and pain score (P = 0.001). This study did not find an association between obesity or gender and postoperative pain when receiving morphine only preemptive analgesia. This study does support the use of ABW as a means to calculate morphine dosing for obese patients and that age is associated with lower immediate pain scores.

  2. Functional outcomes, morbidity, mortality, and fracture healing in 58 consecutive patients with geriatric odontoid fracture treated with cervical collar or posterior fusion.

    Molinari, William J; Molinari, Robert W; Khera, Oner A; Gruhn, William L


    Controversy exists as to the most effective management option for elderly patients with type II odontoid fractures. The purpose of this study is to evaluate outcomes associated with rigid cervical collar and posterior fusion surgery. Patients with ≥ 50% odontoid displacement were treated with posterior fusion surgery including C1-2 (PSF group, n = 25, average age = 80 years). Patients with cervical collar for 12 weeks (collar group, n = 33, average age = 83 years). These inhomogeneous groups were followed for an average of 14 months. Fracture healing rates were higher in the operative group (28% versus 6%). Neck Disability Index scores were slightly lower in the nonoperative group (13 versus 18.3, p = 0.23). Analogue pain scores were also slightly lower in the nonoperative group (1.3 versus 1.9, p = 0.26). The mortality rate was 12.5% in the collar group and 20% in the operative group. Complications were higher in the operative group (24% versus 6%). Rates of type II odontoid facture healing and stability appear to be higher in geriatric patients treated with posterior fusion surgery. Fracture healing and stability did not correlate with improved outcomes with respect to levels of pain, function, and satisfaction. Mortality and complication rates are lower in those patients with lesser-displaced fractures who are treated with a cervical collar and early mobilization.

  3. The effects of pentoxifylline adminstration on fracture healing in a postmenopausal osteoporotic rat model

    Vashghani Farahani, Mohammad Mahdi; Ahadi, Reza; Abdollahifar, Mohammadamin


    Previous studies report positive effects of pentoxifylline (PTX) alone or in combination with other drugs on some pathologic bone diseases as well as an ability to accelerate osteogensis and fracture healing in both animal models and human patients. The aim of this present study was to evaluate the effects of PTX administration on Hounsfield unit and bone strength at catabolic response (bone resorbing) of a fracture in an experimental rat model of ovariectomy induced osteoporosis (OVX-D). Thirty adult female rats were divided into groups as follows: 1 (OVX, control, no treatment); 2 (OVX, sham: daily distilled water); 3 (OVX, daily alendronate: 3 mg/kg); 4 (OVX, twice daily 100 mg/kg PTX) and 5 (OVX, PTX+alenderonate). OVX was induced by bilateral ovariectomy in all rats. A complete standardized osteotomy of the right femur was made after 3.5 months. PTX and alendronate treatments were performed for eight weeks. Then, rats were euthanized and had its right femur subjected to computerized tomography scanning for measuring Hounsfield unit; eventually, the samples were sent for a three point bending test for evaluation of the bone strength. Administration of PTX with 200 mg/kg and alendronate alone and in combination showed no significant alteration in Hounsfield unit and biomechanical properties of repairing callus of the complete osteotomy compared with the control group. Results showed increased bending stiffness and stress high load mean values of repairing complete osteotomy in PTX-treated rats compared to the control OVX-D.

  4. Bisphosphonates and the fracture healing and atypical fracture%双膦酸盐与骨折愈合和非典型性骨折

    王雪鹏; 郝永强


    Fracture healing is typically characterized by four overlapping stages that include the hematoma and inflammatory response, initial fibrocartilage callus formation, hard callus formation and bone remodeling.The remodeling process is driven by a coupled process of bone resorption and bone formation.The soft callus remodeling and hard callus remodeling are of great importance to fracture healing.Bisphosphonates act to affect fracture healing by intervening callus remodelling, based on its pharmacological action of inhibiting the osteoclast activity and bone turnover level.Long-term use of bisphosphonates does not favor the fracture healing, and has been associated with the possibility of atypical fracture of the femur.%典型的骨折愈合过程包括血肿和炎症反应、原始软骨痂形成、成熟板层骨形成以及骨板重建和塑形等4个时期.骨重建包括骨吸收和骨形成两个方面.软骨痂和硬骨痂重建对骨折愈合具有重要意义.双膦酸盐类药理基础在于抑制破骨细胞活性和骨转化水平,通过干预骨重建对骨折愈合产生影响.长期使用双膦酸盐不利于骨折愈合,有引起股骨非典型性骨折发生的危险.

  5. The effect of bisphosphonates on fracture healing and atypical fracture%双膦酸盐与骨折愈合和非典型性骨折

    王雪鹏; 郝永强


    Fracture healing is typically characterized by four overlapping stages, including the hematoma and inflammatory response, initial fibrocartilage callus formation, hard callus formation, and bone remodeling. The remodeling process is driven by a coupled process of orderly bone resorption followed by bone formation. The soft callus remodeling and hard callus remodeling are of great importance to fracture healing. Bisphosphonates act to affect fracture healing by intervening callus remodelling, based on its pharmacological action on inhibiting osteoclast activity and bone turnover levels. The long-term use of bisphosphonates seems to be turning against fracture healing, and has been associated with the possibility of atypical fractures of the femur.%典型的骨折愈合过程包括血肿和炎症反应、原始软骨痂形成、成熟板层骨形成以及骨板重建和塑形等四个时期。骨重建包括骨吸收和骨形成两个方面。软骨痂和硬骨痂重建对骨折愈合具有重要意义。双膦酸盐类药理基础在于抑制破骨细胞活性和骨转化水平,通过干预骨重建对骨折愈合产生影响。长期使用双膦酸盐不利于骨折愈合,有引起股骨非典型性骨折发生的危险。

  6. Cannabidiol, a Major Non-Psychotropic Cannabis Constituent Enhances Fracture Healing and Stimulates Lysyl Hydroxylase Activity in Osteoblasts.

    Kogan, Natalya M; Melamed, Eitan; Wasserman, Elad; Raphael, Bitya; Breuer, Aviva; Stok, Kathryn S; Sondergaard, Rachel; Escudero, Ana V Villarreal; Baraghithy, Saja; Attar-Namdar, Malka; Friedlander-Barenboim, Silvina; Mathavan, Neashan; Isaksson, Hanna; Mechoulam, Raphael; Müller, Ralph; Bajayo, Alon; Gabet, Yankel; Bab, Itai


    Cannabinoid ligands regulate bone mass, but skeletal effects of cannabis (marijuana and hashish) have not been reported. Bone fractures are highly prevalent, involving prolonged immobilization and discomfort. Here we report that the major non-psychoactive cannabis constituent, cannabidiol (CBD), enhances the biomechanical properties of healing rat mid-femoral fractures. The maximal load and work-to-failure, but not the stiffness, of femurs from rats given a mixture of CBD and Δ(9) -tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for 8 weeks were markedly increased by CBD. This effect is not shared by THC (the psychoactive component of cannabis), but THC potentiates the CBD stimulated work-to-failure at 6 weeks postfracture followed by attenuation of the CBD effect at 8 weeks. Using micro-computed tomography (μCT), the fracture callus size was transiently reduced by either CBD or THC 4 weeks after fracture but reached control level after 6 and 8 weeks. The callus material density was unaffected by CBD and/or THC. By contrast, CBD stimulated mRNA expression of Plod1 in primary osteoblast cultures, encoding an enzyme that catalyzes lysine hydroxylation, which is in turn involved in collagen crosslinking and stabilization. Using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy we confirmed the increase in collagen crosslink ratio by CBD, which is likely to contribute to the improved biomechanical properties of the fracture callus. Taken together, these data show that CBD leads to improvement in fracture healing and demonstrate the critical mechanical role of collagen crosslinking enzymes.

  7. Treatment of ankle fracture and biomechanics of talus%踝部骨折治疗效果与距骨生物力学的关系

    梁庆威; 范广宇; 吕刚


    BACKGROUND: The anatomical structure of ankle joint is not complicated, but its biomechanics is very important. The talus has participated in consisting of three joints and played very important role in supporting the functions of ankle. Therefore, it is very important to stabilize the position of talus in order to restore the anatomical structure of ankle.OBJECTIVE: To explore the relationship between treatment of ankle fracture and the biomechanics of the talus.DESIGN: A non-randomized case controlled study was conducted.SETTING and PARTICIPANTS: There were 95 patients with fracture of ankle joints during January 1985 to October 2000 from the First Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University. Three specimens of amputating legs due to malignant tumor were collected.INTERVENTIONS: The biomechanics of talus in ankle fracture was observed by amputated leg specimens and the clinical manifestation and Xray examinations were analyzed in the 95 fracture patients after treatment.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Forces acting on different fracture types,relationship between therapeutic effects and biomechanics of talus.RESULTS: Sixty-five cases were followed up. There were 41 cases with very good therapeutic effects, 12 cases with good effects, 7 cases with fair effects and 5 cases with poor effects. Biomechanics results: the neck was compressed 0.48 cm when both ankles were broken. The lateral malleolar facet got more pressure than medial malleolar facet when vertical pressure acted in external facet fracture. When fracture happened in the lower 1/3 of fibula, the pressure acted on lateral malleolar facet was less than that on medial malleolar facet when in inversion position.CONCLUSION: It should pay more attention to the anatomical relations of talus in ankle cavity and the gap of lower tibiofibular joint no matter external fixation or internal fixation of manual reposition to ankle fracture was used. It is a very important treatment standard to restore the biomechanical

  8. Impaired angiogenesis during fracture healing in GPCR kinase 2 interacting protein-1 (GIT1 knock out mice.

    Guoyong Yin

    Full Text Available G protein coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2 interacting protein-1 (GIT1, is a scaffold protein that plays an important role in angiogenesis and osteoclast activity. We have previously demonstrated that GIT1 knockout (GIT1 KO mice have impaired angiogenesis and dysregulated osteoclast podosome formation leading to a reduction in the bone resorbing ability of these cells. Since both angiogenesis and osteoclast-mediated bone remodeling are involved in the fracture healing process, we hypothesized that GIT1 participates in the normal progression of repair following bone injury. In the present study, comparison of fracture healing in wild type (WT and GIT1 KO mice revealed altered healing in mice with loss of GIT1 function. Alcian blue staining of fracture callus indicated a persistence of cartilagenous matrix in day 21 callus samples from GIT1 KO mice which was temporally correlated with increased type 2 collagen immunostaining. GIT1 KO mice also showed a decrease in chondrocyte proliferation and apoptosis at days 7 and 14, as determined by PCNA and TUNEL staining. Vascular microcomputed tomography analysis of callus samples at days 7, 14 and 21 revealed decreased blood vessel volume, number, and connection density in GIT1 KO mice compared to WT controls. Correlating with this, VEGF-A, phospho-VEGFR2 and PECAM1 (CD31 were decreased in GIT1 KO mice, indicating reduced angiogenesis with loss of GIT1. Finally, calluses from GIT1 KO mice displayed a reduced number of tartrate resistant acid phosphatase-positive osteoclasts at days 14 and 21. Collectively, these results indicate that GIT1 is an important signaling participant in fracture healing, with gene ablation leading to reduced callus vascularity and reduced osteoclast number in the healing callus.

  9. Effect of fluvastatin on vascular endothelial growth factor in rats with osteoporosis in process of fracture healing

    YANG Mao-wei; ZHU Yue; TU Guan-jun; L(U) Gang


    Objective: To explore the effect of fluvastatin on vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in rats with osteoporosis in the process of fracture healing.Methods: Fractures at the intermediate piece of the femur were made on 72 Sprague Dawley (SD) rats (weighing initially 290-340 g and aged 6 months ) with osteoporosis after ovariectomy for three months, then these rats were divided randomly into the medication administration group (the experimental group ) and the control group, 36 rats each. In the experimental group, the rats received fluvastatin lavage (10 mg/kg per day) since the next day of operation lasting for 6 weeks, and the rats in the control group received placebo. Then the expression of VEGF and VEGF mRNA in bony callus of the two groups was measured respectively with immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization on days of 3rd, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, and 42nd, and image analysis was made with real-color image analysis machine.Results: No difference was found in the cellular localization of VEGF and VEGF mRNA gene expression between the experimental group and the control group in process of fracture healing and their expression modes were almost similar. On the 14th day postoperatively, the positive extent of positive cells in the experimental group was higher than that of the control group (P < 0.05).Conclusion: Fluvastatin can promote the VEGF level in rats with osteoporosis in process of fracture healing.

  10. Spontaneous isolated midtrimester fracture of tibia and fibula in a normal fetus with in utero healing and good long-term outcome.

    Scheier, M; Peter, M; Hager, C; Lang, T; Barvinek, A; Marth, C


    We report a case of spontaneous intrauterine fracture of the right tibia and fibula in an otherwise healthy fetus at 20 weeks of gestation. The fracture healed in utero in an abnormal position. Postnatal development of the baby was normal with spontaneous correction of the angulation, and no underlying disease could be discovered. Spontaneous isolated fetal fractures are rare and need to be differentiated from fractures that occur due to trauma or underlying skeletal diseases.

  11. A study of radiological features of healing in long bone fractures among infants less than a year

    Warner, Christopher; Miller, Angie; Weinman, Jason; Fadell, Michael [Children' s Hospital Colorado, Department of Radiology, Aurora, CO (United States); Maguire, Sabine; Trefan, Laszlo [Cardiff University, Institute of Primary Care and Child Health, Cardiff (United Kingdom)


    To create a timetable for dating long bone fractures in infants aged less than 1 year using previously defined radiographic signs of fracture healing. A retrospective cross-sectional time series of long bone fractures in infants aged less than 1 year was conducted from 2006 to 2013. After exclusion criteria were applied 59 digital image series were available for review from 40 infants. Utilizing published criteria for dating fractures, the presence or absence of four pre-defined features of healing was scored: periosteal reaction, callus, bridging, and remodeling. Three radiologists independently scored radiographs with a 3-point scale, marking each feature as present, absent, or equivocal. The times in days when features were first seen, peaked (feature agreed present in >40% of images), and last seen were noted. Statistical analysis using free marginal kappa was conducted. The level of agreement among the three radiologists was high (0.64-0.85). The sequence in which the features were seen was: periosteal reaction range 7-130 (present in the majority of cases between 9 and 49 days); callus range 9-130 (present in the majority of cases between days 9-26); bridging range 15-130 (seen in the majority of cases between 15 and 67 days); remodeling range 51-247 days. This study provides a timetable of radiological features of long bone healing among young infants for the first time. Dating of incomplete long bone fractures is challenging, beyond the presence of periosteal reaction, but a consistent sequence of changes is present in complete fractures. (orig.)

  12. Temporary transarticular K-wire fixation of critical ankle injuries at risk: a neglected "damage control" strategy?

    Friedman, Jamie; Ly, Anhchi; Mauffrey, Cyril; Stahel, Philip F


    High-energy ankle fracture-dislocations are at significant risk for postoperative complications. Closed reduction and temporary percutaneous transarticular K-wire fixation was first described more than 50 years ago. This simple and effective "damage control" strategy is widely practiced in Europe, yet appears largely forgotten and abandoned in the United States. Anecdotal opposing arguments include the notion that drilling K-wires through articular cartilage may damage the joint and contribute to postinjury arthritis. This article describes the experience in a US academic level I trauma center with transarticular pinning of selected critical ankle fracture-dislocations followed by delayed definitive fracture fixation once the soft tissues are healed. Median patient follow-up of 2 years showed that the transarticular pinning technique was performed safely, not associated with increased postoperative complication rates, and characterized by good subjective outcomes using the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Foot and Ankle Outcome Score questionnaire.

  13. 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.

    Peter Michael Prodinger

    Full Text Available 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.

  14. 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

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


    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

  15. Can pre-operative axial CT imaging predict syndesmosis instability in patients sustaining ankle fractures? Seven years' experience in a tertiary trauma center

    Yeung, Tsz Wai; Chan, Chung Yan Grace; Chan, Wun Cheung Samuel; Yuen, Ming Keung [Tuen Mun Hospital, Department of Radiology, Tuen Mun (China); Yeung, Yuk Nam [Tune Mun Hospital, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Tuen Mun (China)


    The purpose of this study is to explore the diagnostic accuracy of CT measurements in predicting syndesmosis instability of injured ankle, with correlation to operative findings. From July 2006 to June 2013, 123 patients presented to a single tertiary hospital who received pre-operative CT for ankle fractures were retrospectively reviewed. All patients underwent open reduction and internal fixation for fractures and intra-operative syndesmosis integrity tests. The morphology of incisura fibularis was categorized as deep or shallow. The tibiofibular distance (TFD) between the medial border of the fibula and the nearest point of the lateral border of tibia were measured at anterior (aTFD), middle (mTFD), posterior (pTFD), and maximal (maxTFD) portions across the syndesmosis on axial CT images at 10 mm proximal to the tibial plafond. Statistical analysis was performed with independent samples t test and ROC curve analysis. Intraobserver reproducibility and inter-observers agreement were also evaluated. Of the 123 patients, 39 (31.7 %) were operatively diagnosed with syndesmosis instability. No significant difference of incisura fibularis morphology (deep or shallow) and TFDs was demonstrated respective to genders. The axial CT measurements were significantly higher in ankles diagnosed with syndesmosis instability than the group without (maxTFD means 7.2 ± 2.96 mm vs. 4.6 ± 1.4 mm, aTFD mean 4.9 ± 3.7 mm vs. 1.8 ± 1.4 mm, mTFD mean 5.3 ± 2.4 mm vs. 3.2 ± 1.6 mm, pTFD mean 5.3 ± 1.8 mm vs. 4.1 ± 1.3 mm, p < 0.05). Their respective cutoff values with best sensitivity and specificity were calculated; the aTFD (AUC 0.798) and maxTFD (AUC 0.794) achieved the highest diagnostic accuracy. The optimal cutoff levels were aTFD = 4 mm (sensitivity, 56.4 %; specificity, 91.7 %) and maxTFD = 5.65 mm (sensitivity, 74.4 %; specificity, 79.8 %). The inter-observer agreement was good for all aTFD, mTFD, pTFD, and maxTFD measurements (ICC 0.959, 0.799, 0.783, and 0.865). The ICC

  16. Surgical treatment for equinus of gastrocnemius contracture after ankle fractures%踝关节骨折术后腓肠肌挛缩型马蹄足的手术治疗

    李兵; 杨云峰; 任昊旸; 陈凯; 于涛; 朱辉; 张明珠; 赵有光; 俞光荣


    Background:Foot and ankle trauma often results in long-term immobilization and soft-tissue adhesion, which can cause gas-trocnemius contracture and posttraumatic equinus. If there is not effective treatment, complications such as plantar fascia, hallux valgus, acquired flatfoot and metatarsalgia will occur. Objective:To explore outcome of gastrocnemius recession on gastrocnemius contracture resulted from ankle fractures. Methods:A total of 26 patients with gastrocnemius contracture after ankle fractures were treated by gastrocnemius recession from January 2011 to January 2013. There were 17 males and 9 females with an average age of 44.3 years (ranged from 24 to 55 years). The angle of ankle dorsiflexion was recorded when the knee was extended and bent. AOFAS ankle-hindfoot score was used to assess foot function. Postoperative measurements were compared with preoperative ones. The surgical technique used was previously described by Strayer and later modified by Hansen. Results:Finally, 21 patients were followed up for 17 months on average (ranged from 12 to 24 months). Primary healing was achieved in all patients. No infections, injury of sural nerve or severe pain were found. The angle of ankle dorsiflexion when the knee extended increased from preoperative 0.9°±3.4° to postoperative 13.6°±2.4°(P<0.01). AOFAS score was sig-nificantly increased after surgery (80.9±5.7 vs 57.6±6.4, P<0.01). Conclusions: As to equinus of gastrocnemius contracture resulted from ankle fractures, gastrocnemius recession is per-formed easily and were less invasive. It can lead to a favorable outcome.%背景:足踝部创伤可导致患者较长时间的踝部制动及术后软组织粘连,易造成腓肠肌挛缩,从而诱发创伤后马蹄足。若不及时进行合理有效的治疗,容易引发跖腱膜炎、外翻、获得性平足症、前跖痛等并发症。目的:探讨腓肠肌腱膜切断松解术治疗踝关节骨折术后腓肠肌挛缩型

  17. Immediate versus delayed intramedullary nailing for open fractures of the tibial shaft: A multivariate analysis of factors affecting deep infection and fracture healing

    Yokoyama Kazuhiko


    Full Text Available Background: The purpose of this study was to evaluate contributing factors affecting deep infection and fracture healing of open tibia fractures treated with locked intramedullary nailing (IMN by multivariate analysis. Materials and Methods: We examined 99 open tibial fractures (98 patients treated with immediate or delayed locked IMN in static fashion from 1991 to 2002. Multivariate analyses following univariate analyses were derived to determine predictors of deep infection, nonunion, and healing time to union. The following predictive variables of deep infection were selected for analysis: age, sex, Gustilo type, fracture grade by AO type, fracture location, timing or method of IMN, reamed or unreamed nailing, debridement time (≤6 h or> 6 h, method of soft-tissue management, skin closure time (≤1 week or> 1 week, existence of polytrauma (ISS< 18 or ISS≥18, existence of floating knee injury, and existence of superficial/pin site infection. The predictive variables of nonunion selected for analysis was the same as those for deep infection, with the addition of deep infection for exchange of pin site infection. The predictive variables of union time selected for analysis was the same as those for nonunion, excluding of location, debridement time, and existence of floating knee and superficial infection. Results: Six (6.1%; type II Gustilo n=1, type IIIB Gustilo n=5 of the 99 open tibial fractures developed deep infections. Multivariate analysis revealed that timing or method of IMN, debridement time, method of soft-tissue management, and existence of superficial or pin site infection significantly correlated with the occurrence of deep infection ( P < 0.0001. In the immediate nailing group alone, the deep infection rate in type IIIB + IIIC was significantly higher than those in type I + II and IIIA ( P = 0.016. Nonunion occurred in 17 fractures (20.3%, 17/84. Multivariate analysis revealed that Gustilo type, skin closure time, and

  18. A cohesive elements based model to describe fracture and cohesive healing in elastomers

    Baldi, A.; Grande, A.M.; Bose, R.K.; Airoldi, A.; Garcia Espallargas, S.J.; Di Landro, L.; Van der Zwaag, S.


    Several polymeric systems with intrinsic Self-Healing (SH) capabilities have been reported in literature. Many of them showed healing upon contact across the crack interface. Different parameters such as contact time, temperature, pressure or chemical activity determine the degree of healing obtaine

  19. Upregulation of inflammatory genes and downregulation of sclerostin gene expression are key elements in the early phase of fragility fracture healing.

    Joana Caetano-Lopes

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Fracture healing is orchestrated by a specific set of events that culminates in the repair of bone and reachievement of its biomechanical properties. The aim of our work was to study the sequence of gene expression events involved in inflammation and bone remodeling occurring in the early phases of callus formation in osteoporotic patients. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Fifty-six patients submitted to hip replacement surgery after a low-energy hip fracture were enrolled in this study. The patients were grouped according to the time interval between fracture and surgery: bone collected within 3 days after fracture (n = 13; between the 4(th and 7(th day (n = 33; and after one week from the fracture (n = 10. Inflammation- and bone metabolism-related genes were assessed at the fracture site. The expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines was increased in the first days after fracture. The genes responsible for bone formation and resorption were upregulated one week after fracture. The increase in RANKL expression occurred just before that, between the 4(th-7(th days after fracture. Sclerostin expression diminished during the first days after fracture. CONCLUSIONS: The expression of inflammation-related genes, especially IL-6, is highest at the very first days after fracture but from day 4 onwards there is a shift towards bone remodeling genes, suggesting that the inflammatory phase triggers bone healing. We propose that an initial inflammatory stimulus and a decrease in sclerostin-related effects are the key components in fracture healing. In osteoporotic patients, cellular machinery seems to adequately react to the inflammatory stimulus, therefore local promotion of these events might constitute a promising medical intervention to accelerate fracture healing.

  20. SDF-1/CXCR4 axis in Tie2-lineage cells including endothelial progenitor cells contributes to bone fracture healing.

    Kawakami, Yohei; Ii, Masaaki; Matsumoto, Tomoyuki; Kuroda, Ryosuke; Kuroda, Tomoya; Kwon, Sang-Mo; Kawamoto, Atsuhiko; Akimaru, Hiroshi; Mifune, Yutaka; Shoji, Taro; Fukui, Tomoaki; Kurosaka, Masahiro; Asahara, Takayuki


    CXC chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4) is a specific receptor for stromal-derived-factor 1 (SDF-1). SDF-1/CXCR4 interaction is reported to play an important role in vascular development. On the other hand, the therapeutic potential of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) in fracture healing has been demonstrated with mechanistic insight of vasculogenesis/angiogenesis and osteogenesis enhancement at sites of fracture. The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of the SDF-1/CXCR4 pathway in Tie2-lineage cells (including EPCs) in bone formation. We created CXCR4 gene conditional knockout mice using the Cre/loxP system and set two groups of mice: Tie2-Cre(ER) CXCR4 knockout mice (CXCR4(-/-) ) and wild-type mice (WT). We report here that in vitro, EPCs derived from of CXCR4(-/-) mouse bone marrow demonstrated severe reduction of migration activity and EPC colony-forming activity when compared with those derived from WT mouse bone marrow. In vivo, radiological and morphological examinations showed fracture healing delayed in the CXCR4(-/-) group and the relative callus area at weeks 2 and 3 was significantly smaller in CXCR4(-/-) group mice. Quantitative analysis of capillary density at perifracture sites also showed a significant decrease in the CXCR4(-/-) group. Especially, CXCR4(-/-) group mice demonstrated significant early reduction of blood flow recovery at fracture sites compared with the WT group in laser Doppler perfusion imaging analysis. Real-time RT-PCR analysis showed that the gene expressions of angiogenic markers (CD31, VE-cadherin, vascular endothelial growth factor [VEGF]) and osteogenic markers (osteocalcin, collagen 1A1, bone morphogenetic protein 2 [BMP2]) were lower in the CXCR4(-/-) group. In the gain-of-function study, the fracture in the SDF-1 intraperitoneally injected WT group healed significantly faster with enough callus formation compared with the SDF-1 injected CXCR4(-/-) group. We demonstrated that an EPC SDF-1/CXCR4 axis plays an

  1. The proportion of distal fibula Salter-Harris type I epiphyseal fracture in the paediatric population with acute ankle injury

    Hofsli, Mikael; Torfing, Trine; Al-Aubaidi, Zaid


    Ankle injuries are common among the paediatric population. There are few prospective studies utilizing MRI to diagnose a clinically suspected Salter-Harris type I of the distal fibula (SH1FDF). The aim of this study was to examine the proportion of clinically suspected SH1FDF in children. All...

  2. 踝关节骨折术后患者的平衡功能评估%Assessment of balance disorders in patients after ankle fractures

    王翠肖; 赵金奎; 张媛媛; 徐月清


    目的:使用Tetrax平衡测量仪评估踝关节骨折术后患者的平衡功能。方法:比较20名踝关节骨折术后患者(术后超过6个月)和21名正常人在睁眼自然站立(N O)和闭眼自然站立(N C)两种姿势下的一般稳定性(S T)、傅里叶转换(F5-F6)、体重分布指数(WDI)、左右脚的同步性(SYN-L、SYN-R)和跌倒指数的变化。结果:两组患者的跌倒指数,在NO姿势下的一般稳定性具有显著性差异,踝关节骨折术后患者的平衡功能较正常人下降。%Objective The objective of the study is to evaluate the balance disorders in patients with surgical treatment of ankle fractures with the use of Sunlight Tetrax.Methods The subjects in the study were 20 patients with ankle fractures treated surgically(after six months of the procedure),the control group comprised 21 healthy subjects. Two groups compare the stability index (ST), the high frequency of Fourier transformation (F5, F6),the body weight distribution index (WDI) ,synchronicity of foot under natural standing on solid surface with eyes opened and natural standing on solid surface with eyes closed and the fall index (FI).Results The fall index (FI) and the stability index (ST) under natural standing on solid surface with eyes opened of two groups were statistically significant differences. The balance of patients with ankle fracture after 6 months with the surgical procedure is significantly poorer in comparison with healthy subjects.

  3. Chondrocytes transdifferentiate into osteoblasts in endochondral bone during development, postnatal growth and fracture healing in mice.

    Zhou, Xin; von der Mark, Klaus; Henry, Stephen; Norton, William; Adams, Henry; de Crombrugghe, Benoit


    One of the crucial steps in endochondral bone formation is the replacement of a cartilage matrix produced by chondrocytes with bone trabeculae made by osteoblasts. However, the precise sources of osteoblasts responsible for trabecular bone formation have not been fully defined. To investigate whether cells derived from hypertrophic chondrocytes contribute to the osteoblast pool in trabecular bones, we genetically labeled either hypertrophic chondrocytes by Col10a1-Cre or chondrocytes by tamoxifen-induced Agc1-CreERT2 using EGFP, LacZ or Tomato expression. Both Cre drivers were specifically active in chondrocytic cells and not in perichondrium, in periosteum or in any of the osteoblast lineage cells. These in vivo experiments allowed us to follow the fate of cells labeled in Col10a1-Cre or Agc1-CreERT2 -expressing chondrocytes. After the labeling of chondrocytes, both during prenatal development and after birth, abundant labeled non-chondrocytic cells were present in the primary spongiosa. These cells were distributed throughout trabeculae surfaces and later were present in the endosteum, and embedded within the bone matrix. Co-expression studies using osteoblast markers indicated that a proportion of the non-chondrocytic cells derived from chondrocytes labeled by Col10a1-Cre or by Agc1-CreERT2 were functional osteoblasts. Hence, our results show that both chondrocytes prior to initial ossification and growth plate chondrocytes before or after birth have the capacity to undergo transdifferentiation to become osteoblasts. The osteoblasts derived from Col10a1-expressing hypertrophic chondrocytes represent about sixty percent of all mature osteoblasts in endochondral bones of one month old mice. A similar process of chondrocyte to osteoblast transdifferentiation was involved during bone fracture healing in adult mice. Thus, in addition to cells in the periosteum chondrocytes represent a major source of osteoblasts contributing to endochondral bone formation in vivo.

  4. Time course of 25(OHD3 vitamin D3 as well as PTH (parathyroid hormone during fracture healing of patients with normal and low bone mineral density (BMD

    Wöfl Christoph


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Until now the exact biochemical processes during healing of metaphyseal fractures of healthy and osteoporotic bone remain unclear. Especially the physiological time courses of 25(OHD3 (Vitamin D as well as PTH (Parathyroid Hormone the most important modulators of calcium and bone homeostasis are not yet examined sufficiently. The purpose of this study was to focus on the time course of these parameters during fracture healing. Methods In the presented study, we analyse the time course of 25(OHD3 and PTH during fracture healing of low BMD level fractures versus normal BMD level fractures in a matched pair analysis. Between March 2007 and February 2009 30 patients older than 50 years of age who had suffered a metaphyseal fracture of the proximal humerus, the distal radius or the proximal femur were included in our study. Osteoporosis was verified by DEXA measuring. The time courses of 25(OHD3 and PTH were examined over an eight week period. Friedmann test, the Wilcoxon signed rank test and the Mann-Withney U test were used as post-hoc tests. A p-value ≤ 0.05 was considered significant. Results Serum levels of 25(OHD3 showed no differences in both groups. In the first phase of fracture healing PTH levels in the low BMD level group remained below those of the normal BMD group in absolute figures. Over all no significant differences between low BMD level bone and normal BMD level bone could be detected in our study. Conclusions The time course of 25(OHD3 and PTH during fracture healing of patients with normal and low bone mineral density were examined for the first time in humans in this setting and allowing molecular biological insights into fracture healing in metaphyseal bones on a molecural level. There were no significant differences between patients with normal and low BMD levels. Hence further studies will be necessary to obtain more detailed insight into fracture healing in order to provide reliable decision criteria for

  5. Towards evidence-based emergency medicine: best BETs from the Manchester Royal Infirmary. BET 2: Immobilisation of stable ankle fractures: plaster cast or functional brace?

    Thackray, Anna J; Taylor, Jonathan


    A short-cut review of the literature was carried out to establish whether a functional brace was as good as a traditional plaster of Paris to immobilise a stable ankle fracture in terms of functionality and recovery speed. A total of 260 papers was found using the below outlined search method, of which five were thought to represent the best evidence to answer the specific clinical question. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results and study weaknesses of these are shown in table 2. The clinical bottom line is that the limited evidence seems to suggest that a functional brace appears to give more favourable outcomes. Good quality studies involving large populations are, however, needed to delineate a clear answer to this specific question.

  6. Interaction of age and mechanical stability on bone defect healing: an early transcriptional analysis of fracture hematoma in rat.

    Andrea Ode

    Full Text Available Among other stressors, age and mechanical constraints significantly influence regeneration cascades in bone healing. Here, our aim was to identify genes and, through their functional annotation, related biological processes that are influenced by an interaction between the effects of mechanical fixation stability and age. Therefore, at day three post-osteotomy, chip-based whole-genome gene expression analyses of fracture hematoma tissue were performed for four groups of Sprague-Dawley rats with a 1.5-mm osteotomy gap in the femora with varying age (12 vs. 52 weeks - biologically challenging and external fixator stiffness (mechanically challenging. From 31099 analysed genes, 1103 genes were differentially expressed between the six possible combinations of the four groups and from those 144 genes were identified as statistically significantly influenced by the interaction between age and fixation stability. Functional annotation of these differentially expressed genes revealed an association with extracellular space, cell migration or vasculature development. The chip-based whole-genome gene expression data was validated by q-RT-PCR at days three and seven post-osteotomy for MMP-9 and MMP-13, members of the mechanosensitive matrix metalloproteinase family and key players in cell migration and angiogenesis. Furthermore, we observed an interaction of age and mechanical stimuli in vitro on cell migration of mesenchymal stromal cells. These cells are a subpopulation of the fracture hematoma and are known to be key players in bone regeneration. In summary, these data correspond to and might explain our previously described biomechanical healing outcome after six weeks in response to fixation stiffness variation. In conclusion, our data highlight the importance of analysing the influence of risk factors of fracture healing (e.g. advanced age, suboptimal fixator stability in combination rather than alone.

  7. Clinical value of weight-bearing lateral radiographs in evaluation of ankle fracture restoration%负重X线侧位片评估踝关节骨折复位情况的价值分析

    杨勇; 陈维毅; 易兴彪


    Objective To discuss the clinical value of L-value measured in weight -bearing lateral radio-graphs in evaluation of ankle fracture restoration .Methods Totally 45 cases of ankle joint fracture treated in our hospital from Jan.2011 to Jan.2014 had been used as samples of a retrospective analysis .According to whether they had a joint pain,movement limitation and other complications after treatment ,the patients were divided into group A (n=27) and group B(n=18).The two groups were compared to find out whether there was a significant difference in L-value.Patients in group B needed to restore fracture by operation and the L-value in the process was decreased and the curative effect before and after operation was compared .Results L-value of group A was (1.26 ±1.4)mm, and was(2.43 ±2.0)mm in group B.The difference was statistically significant (t=2.312,P<0.05).Group B con-tained 18 cases of malunited ankle fracture .After the surgery,they were followed up for an average of (17.1 ±7.3) months.All fractures healed well.AOFAS score was (43.1 ±15.9) before surgery,and (83.3 ±11.8) after surgery. The change of AOFAS score was statistically significant (t=8.614,P<0.05).Conclusion Since L-value can be used as a standard to accurately evaluate ankle joint replacement ,it has both clinical and practical value .%目的:探讨负重X线侧位片“距骨中心胫骨中轴距”L值对于评估踝关节骨折复位的临床价值。方法笔者以2011年1月~2014年1月收治的45例踝关节骨折患者为样本进行回顾性分析,根据有无复位后关节疼痛、活动受限等并发症将患者分为A组(27例)和B组(18例),对比A、B组负重X线侧位片L值有无统计学差异;对于需要进行重建手术的B组,通过手术干预,减小L值,对比手术前后的疗效。结果 A、B组患者L值分别为(1.26±1.4)mm、(2.43±2.0)mm,两者对比有统计学意义(t=2.312,P<0.05);B组18例踝关节

  8. The use of {sup 18}F-fluoride and {sup 18}F-FDG PET scans to assess fracture healing in a rat femur model

    Hsu, W.K.; Feeley, B.T.; Krenek, L.; Stout, D.B.; Chatziioannou, A.F. [David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Center for Health Sciences, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Los Angeles, CA (United States); Lieberman, J.R. [University of Connecticut Health Center, The Musculoskeletal Institute, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Farmington, CT (United States)


    Currently available diagnostic techniques can be unreliable in the diagnosis of delayed fracture healing in certain clinical situations, which can lead to increased complication rates and costs to the health care system. This study sought to determine the utility of positron emission tomography (PET) scanning with {sup 18}F-fluoride ion, which localizes in regions of high osteoblastic activity, and {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG), an indicator of cellular glucose metabolism, in assessing bone healing in a rat femur fracture model. Fractures were created in the femurs of immunocompetent rats. Animals in group I had a fracture produced via a manual three-point bending technique. Group II animals underwent a femoral osteotomy with placement of a 2-mm silastic spacer at the fracture site. Fracture healing was assessed with plain radiographs, {sup 18}F-fluoride, and {sup 18}F-FDG PET scans at 1, 2, 3, and 4-week time points after surgery. Femoral specimens were harvested for histologic analysis and manual testing of torsional and bending strength 4 weeks after surgery. All fractures in group I revealed abundant callus formation and bone healing, while none of the nonunion femurs were healed via assessment with manual palpation, radiographic, and histologic evaluation at the 4-week time point. {sup 18}F-fluoride PET images of group I femurs at successive 1-week intervals revealed progressively increased signal uptake at the union site during fracture repair. In contrast, minimal tracer uptake was seen at the fracture sites in group II at all time points after surgery. Data analysis revealed statistically significant differences in mean signal intensity between groups I and II at each weekly interval. No significant differences between the two groups were seen using {sup 18}F-FDG PET imaging at any time point. This study suggests that {sup 18}F-fluoride PET imaging, which is an indicator of osteoblastic activity in vivo, can identify fracture nonunions at an early time

  9. Effect of safflower injection on lower limb fracture healing as well as blood viscosity and blood coagulation function

    Ya-Zhong Wang; Yun Wen


    Objective:To analyze the effect of safflower injection on lower limb fracture healing as well as blood viscosity and blood coagulation function.Methods: A total of 118 patients with fracture of lower limb were randomly divided into observation group and control group (n=59), control group received conventional surgical treatment, observation group received surgery + postoperative safflower injection treatment, and then differences in serum content of bone turnover indexes and bone metabolism indexes as well as levels of thrombelastogram parameters and blood coagulation function indexes were compared between two groups after 1 month of treatment.Results:Bone turnover indexes sBAP, PINP and BGP content in serum of observation group after 1 month of treatment were higher than those of control group while sCTX, sTAP and TRAP-5b content were lower than those of control group; bone metabolism indexes Ca2+ and 25-OH-VitD content in serum were higher than those of control group while P, PTH andβ-CTX content were lower than those of control group; thrombelastogram parameters R time and K time were longer than those of control group while MA value, G value and angle level were lower than those of control group; blood coagulation function indexes PLT, FIB and D-D content in serum were lower than those of control group while PT, APTT and TT levels were higher than those of control group.Conclusions:Safflower injection can promote postoperative fracture end healing in patients with fracture of lower limb, and also plays a positive role in reducing blood viscosity and optimizing blood coagulation function.

  10. Plantar talar head contusions and osteochondral fractures: associated findings on ankle MRI and proposed mechanism of injury

    Gorbachova, Tetyana; Wang, Peter S.; Hu, Bing [Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Department of Radiology, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Horrow, Jay C. [Drexel University, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Philadelphia, PA (United States)


    To evaluate the significance of plantar talar head injury (PTHI) in predicting osseous and soft tissue injuries on ankle MRI. The IRB approved this HIPAA-compliant retrospective study. The study group consisted of 41 ankle MRIs with PTHI that occurred at our institution over a 5 1/2 year period. Eighty MRIs with bone injuries in other locations matched for age, time interval since injury, and gender formed a control group. Injuries to the following structures were recorded: medial malleolus, lateral malleolus/distal fibula, posterior malleolus, talus, calcaneus, navicular, cuboid, lateral, medial and syndesmotic ligaments, spring ligament complex, and extensor digitorum brevis (EDB) muscle. Twenty separate logistic regressions determined which injuries PTHI predicted, using the Holm procedure to control for family-wise alpha at 0.05. PTHI strongly predicted the occurrence of injuries involving the anterior process of the calcaneus [24 % of cases, odds ratio (OR) 12.66], plantar components of the spring ligament (27 %, OR 9.43), calcaneal origin of the EDB and attachment of the dorsolateral calcaneocuboid ligament (22 %, OR 7.22), cuboid (51 %, OR 6.58), EDB (27 %, OR 5.49), anteromedial talus (66 %, OR 4.78), and posteromedial talus (49 %, OR 4.48). PTHI strongly predicted lack of occurrence of syndesmotic ligament injury (OR 19.6). The PTHI group had a high incidence of lateral ligamentous injury (78 %), but not significantly different from the control group (53 %). PTHI is strongly associated with injury involving the transverse tarsal joint complex. We hypothesize it results from talo-cuboid and/or talo-calcaneal impaction from a supination injury of the foot and ankle. (orig.)

  11. Effect of anti slide plate internal fixation by posterolateral approach through fibula in the treatment of patients with supination-eversion fractures of ankle%经腓骨后外侧入路抗滑钢板内固定对旋后外旋型踝关节骨折的效果

    何加海; 陈连锁; 刘西斌; 辛海松


    Objective:To explore the clinical effect of anti slide plate internal fixation by posterolateral approach through fibula in the treatment of patients with supination-eversion fractures of ankle.Methods:80 patients with supination-eversion fractures of ankle were selected.They were randomly divided into the two groups on average.The lateral locking plate treatment was given to the control group,while patents were treated with anti slide plate internal fixation by posterolateral approach through fibula in the study group.The clinical curative effect,fracture healing time and adverse reaction of the two groups were analyzed statistically. Results:The excellent rate of ankle joint function in the study group was 87.5%,which was significantly higher than that in the control group of 62.5%;fracture healing time was significantly shorter than that of the control group;the adverse reaction rate of 12.5% was significantly lower than that in the control group of 27.5% ;the differences were statistically significant(P<0.05). Conclusion:The effect of anti slide plate internal fixation by posterolateral approach through fibula in the treatment of patients with supination-eversion fractures of ankle was significant.%目的:探讨经腓骨后外侧入路抗滑钢板内固定对旋后外旋型踝关节骨折的效果。方法:收治旋后外旋型踝关节骨折患者80例,随机平分为两组。对照组给予外侧锁定钢板治疗,研究组给予经腓骨后外侧入路抗滑钢板内固定治疗,对两组临床疗效、骨折愈合时间及不良反应发生情况进行统计分析。结果:研究组的踝关节功能优良率87.5%,高于对照组的62.5%;骨折愈合时间短于对照组;不良反应发生率12.5%,低于对照组27.5%;差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论:经腓骨后外侧入路抗滑钢板内固定对旋后外旋型踝关节骨折的效果显著。

  12. 矩形弹性髓内钉治疗胫腓骨骨折配合术后康复锻炼对膝踝关节功能恢复的影响%The effect of rectangular elastic intramedullary nail treatment plus postsurgery rehabilitation exercises on the function restoration of knee and ankle joint in fracture of tibia and fibula



    @@ Background: The bony union phase is long in the fracture of tibia and fibula. The fixation will have an effect on the function of knee joint and ankle joint inevitably after a long duration. Using rectangular elastic intramedullary nail plus proper rehabilitation exercises after surgery achieved rather satisfying effect on the functional restoration of knee joint and ankle joint.

  13. [Advancement in methods of evaluation on bone fracture healing and its application in forensic medicine].

    Li, Yu-fei


    It is frequently encountered to identify the time of bone fracture in forensic medicine. Hence it is important to develop the methods for evaluating the time of bone fracture. This article reviews the applications and values of the methods such as ultrasonic evaluation, impulse measurement, digital imaging technology and bone mineral density testing technology, etc. It is proposed that to use these methods jointly may provide more scientific evidence in determine the time of bone fracture.

  14. Demineralized Bone Matrix Add-On for Acceleration of Bone Healing in Atypical Subtrochanteric Femoral Fracture: A Consecutive Case-Control Study

    Noratep Kulachote


    Full Text Available Background. Delayed union and nonunion are common complications in atypical femoral fractures (AFFs despite having good fracture fixation. Demineralized bone matrix (DBM is a successfully proven method for enhancing fracture healing of the long bone fracture and nonunion and should be used in AFFs. This study aimed to compare the outcome after subtrochanteric AFFs (ST-AFFs fixation with and without DBM. Materials and Methods. A prospective study was conducted on 9 ST-AFFs patients using DBM (DBM group during 2013-2014 and compared with a retrospective consecutive case series of ST-AFFs patients treated without DBM (2010–2012 (NDBM group, 9 patients. All patients were treated with the same standard guideline and followed up until fractures completely united. Postoperative outcomes were then compared. Results. DBM group showed a significant shorter healing time than NDBM group (28.1 ± 14.4 versus 57.9 ± 36.8 weeks, p=0.04. Delayed union was found in 4 patients (44% in DBM group compared with 7 patients (78% in NDBM group (p>0.05. No statistical difference of nonunion was demonstrated between both groups (DBM = 1 and NDBM = 2, p>0.05. Neither postoperative infection nor severe local tissue reaction was found. Conclusions. DBM is safe and effective for accelerating the fracture healing in ST-AFFx and possibly reduces nonunion after fracture fixation. Trial registration number is TCTR20151021001.

  15. The role of the lateral pterygoid muscle in the sagittal fracture of mandibular condyle (SFMC) healing process.

    Liu, Chng-Kui; Liu, Ping; Meng, Fan-Wen; Deng, Bang-Lian; Xue, Yang; Mao, Tian-Qiu; Hu, Kai-Jin


    The aim of this study was to examine the role of the lateral peterygoid muscle in the reconstruction of the shape of the condyle during healing of a sagittal fracture of the mandibular condyle. Twenty adult sheep were divided into 2 groups: all had a unilateral operation on the right side when the anterior and posterior attachments of the discs were cut, and an oblique vertical osteotomy was made from the lateral pole of the condyle to the medial side of the condylar neck. Ten sheep had the lateral pterygoid muscle cut, and the other 10 sheep did not. Sheep were killed at 4 weeks (n=2 from each group), 12 weeks (n=4), and 24 weeks (n=4) postoperatively. Computed tomograms (CT) were taken before and after operations. We dissected the joints, and recorded with the naked eye the shape, degree of erosion, and amount of calcification of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). In the group in which the lateral peterygoid muscle had not been cut the joints showed overgrowth of new bone and more advanced ankylosis. Our results show that the lateral pterygoid muscle plays an important part in reconstructing the shape of the condyle during the healing of a sagittal fracture of the mandibular condyle, and combined with the dislocated and damaged disc is an important factor in the aetiology of traumatic ankylosis of the TMJ.

  16. Osteochondral defects in the ankle: why painful?

    van Dijk, C.N.; Reilingh, M.L.; Zengerink, M.; van Bergen, C.J.A.


    Osteochondral defects of the ankle can either heal and remain asymptomatic or progress to deep ankle pain on weight bearing and formation of subchondral bone cysts. The development of a symptomatic OD depends on various factors, including the damage and insufficient repair of the subchondral bone pl

  17. Osteochondral defects in the ankle: why painful?

    van Dijk, C.N.; Reilingh, M.L.; Zengerink, M.; van Bergen, C.J.A.


    Osteochondral defects of the ankle can either heal and remain asymptomatic or progress to deep ankle pain on weight bearing and formation of subchondral bone cysts. The development of a symptomatic OD depends on various factors, including the damage and insufficient repair of the subchondral bone pl

  18. Research progress in mechanism of traumatic brain injury affecting speed of fracture healing

    ZHAO Xiao-gang; ZHAO Guang-feng; MA Yue-feng; JIANG Guan-yu


    @@ In patients who have sustained traumatic brain injury with associated extremity fracture, there is often a clinical perception that the rate of new bone formation around the fracture site increases. 1 An overgrowth of callus is observed and ectopic ossification even occurs in the muscle,2 but the mechanism remains unclear.

  19. Analysis of Internal Fixation for Tri-ankle Fracture in 36 Cases%内固定治疗三踝骨折36例分析

    张小东; 钟桂午; 王晓红; 杜小龙; 王贻幸


    Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and prognosis of internal fixation treatment for the tri-malleolar fracture with posterolateral approach combined with medial approach. Methods:36 cases of trimalleo-lar fracture were treated with internal fixation by posterolateral approach combined with medial approach. Results:All the patients were followed up for 6 -21 months, the average time is 12. 5 months; the fracture healed in 12 - 16 weeks postoperative. According to Baird - Jackson criteria,there were excellent in 20 cases, good in 12 cases and fair in 4 case. Excellent and good rate clinical result was 88. 9%. Conclusions:The internal fixation treatment of trimalleolar fracture with posterolateral approach combined with medial approach is easy to perform and the fixation is reliable, which is suitable for the surgical treatment of the trimalleolar fracture.%目的:探讨后外侧入路联合内侧入路内固定治疗三踝骨折的疗效及预后.方法:对36例三踝骨折采用后外侧入路联合内侧入路切开复位内固定.结果:术后均得到10~32个月,平均12.5个月的随访.骨折愈合时间12~16周.疗效评定依据Baird-jackson踝关节评分标准:本组优20例,良12例,可4例,优良率88.9%.结论:采用后外侧入路联合内侧入路进行内固定治疗三踝骨折,其操作简便,固定可靠,适用于三踝骨折的手术治疗.

  20. Effects of " vitex agnus castus" extract and magnesium supplementation, alone and in combination, on osteogenic and angiogenic factors and fracture healing in women with long bone fracture

    Mohammad Hassan Eftekhari


    Full Text Available Background: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of the combination of vitex agnus castus extract, as a source of phytoestrogens, plus magnesium supplementation on osteogenic and angiogenic factors and callus formation in women with long bone fracture. Material and Methods: In a double-blind randomized placebo controlled trial, 64 women with long bone fracture, 20-45 years old, were randomly allocated to receive 1 one Agnugol tablet (4 mg dried fruit extract of vitex agnus castus plus 250 mg magnesium oxide (VAC + Mg group (n = 10, 2 one Agnugol tablet plus placebo (VAC group (n = 15, 3 placebo plus 250 mg magnesium oxide (Mg group (n = 12, or 4 placebo plus placebo (placebo group (n = 14 per day for 8 weeks. At baseline and endpoint of the trial, serum alkaline phosphatase, osteocalcin, and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF were measured together with radiological bone assessment. Results: There were no significant differences in the characteristic aspects of concern between the four groups at baseline. Despite the increased level of alkaline phosphatase in the VAC group (188.33 ± 16.27 to 240.40 ± 21.49, P = 0.05, administration of VAC + Mg could not increase alkaline phosphatase activity. However, treatment with VAC + Mg significantly enhanced the osteocalcin level. The serum concentration of VEGF was increased in the VAC group (269.04 ± 116.63 to 640.03 ± 240.16, P < 0.05. Callus formation in the VAC + Mg group was higher than the other groups but the differences between the four groups were not significant (P = 0.39. No relevant side effect was observed in patients in each group. Conclusion : Our results suggest that administration of vitex agnus castus plus magnesium may promote fracture healing. However, more studies need to further explore the roles of vitex agnus castus in fracture repair processes.

  1. 负压封闭引流在开放性足踝部骨折脱位中的应用%Application of vacuum sealing drainage in open ankle fracture and dislocation

    黄雷; 张锋; 叶鹏翰; 何贤峰; 朱彦昭; 阮永平


    Objective:To investigate therapeutic effects of vacuum sealing drainage (VSD) in the treatment of soft tissue defect combined with tendon and bone exposure. Methods: From October 2007 to February 2011,397 patients (412 feet) with open ankle fracture and dislocation combined with soft tissue defected were treated by VSD. There were 301 males and 96 females with an average age of 36 years (ranging age from 20 to 73 years). According to AO classification,74 feet were type I , 211 feet were type Ⅱ , 108 feet were type Ⅲ and 19 feet were type Ⅳ. The mean time from injury to operation was 5.6 h ( 2 to 12 h). The mean treatment time of was 10 months(4 to 19 months). Results:One hundred and forty-one patients were primarily healed,97 patients were sutured at stage Ⅱ. Split-thick skin grafting was performed at stage Ⅱ was performed in 103 patients; free flap transplantation was performed in 25 patients. Three of the 34 patients with infection were removed steel plate; Eviscerate flap coverage wound was performed in 14 patients caused by the first metatarsal bone exposure;Toe amputation were performed in 22 cases caused by toes necrosis. Tarsometatarasl joints perforators' surgery was performed in 10 patients with forefeet necrosis. Thirty hundred and six patients were followed up from 3 to 20 months (averaged 10 months). The wounds healed well. Conclusion:VSD for soft tissue defects caused by ankle injury is a simple and effective method,but can not replace debridement and transfer flap.%目的:探讨负压封闭引流(vacuum sealing drainage,VSD)技术治疗足踝部外伤后软组织缺损伴肌腱与骨外露的疗效.方法:2007年10月至2011年2月对397例(412足)开放性足踝部骨折、脱位伴软组织缺损患者采用VSD技术治疗.其中男301例,女96例;年龄20~73岁,平均36岁.按AO软组织损伤分型:Ⅰ型74足,Ⅱ型211足,Ⅲ型108足,Ⅳ型19足.受伤至手术时间2~12h,平均5.6 h,平均治疗时间10个月(4~19

  2. Cementless Titanium Mesh Fixation of Osteoporotic Burst Fractures of the Lumbar Spine Leads to Bony Healing: Results of an Experimental Sheep Model

    Anica Eschler


    Full Text Available Introduction. Current treatment strategies for osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (VCFs focus on cement-associated solutions. Complications associated with cement application are leakage, embolism, adjacent fractures, and compromise in bony healing. This study comprises a validated VCF model in osteoporotic sheep in order to (1 evaluate a new cementless fracture fixation technique using titanium mesh implants (TMIs and (2 demonstrate the healing capabilities in osteoporotic VCFs. Methods. Twelve 5-year-old Merino sheep received ovariectomy, corticosteroid injections, and a calcium/phosphorus/vitamin D-deficient diet for osteoporosis induction. Standardized VCFs (type AO A3.1 were created, reduced, and fixed using intravertebral TMIs. Randomly additional autologous spongiosa grafting (G1 or no augmentation was performed (G2, n=6 each. Two months postoperatively, macroscopic, micro-CT and biomechanical evaluation assessed bony consolidation. Results. Fracture reduction succeeded in all cases without intraoperative complications. Bony consolidation was proven for all cases with increased amounts of callus development for G2 (58.3%. Micro-CT revealed cage integration. Neither group showed improved results with biomechanical testing. Conclusions. Fracture reduction/fixation using TMIs without cement in osteoporotic sheep lumbar VCF resulted in bony fracture healing. Intravertebral application of autologous spongiosa showed no beneficial effects. The technique is now available for clinical use; thus, it offers an opportunity to abandon cement-associated complications.

  3. Radiographic evaluation of fracture healing after rigid plate fixation. Experiments in the rabbit

    Paavolainen, P.; Karaharju, E.; Slaetis, P.; Waris, P. (Helsinki Univ. Central Hospital (Finland). Meilahti Clinic)


    Experimental osteotomies were made in 35 rabbit tibio-fibular bones and fixed with rigid stainless steel osteosynthesis plates (DCP/ASIF). The radiographic and histopathologic appearances in the healing osteotomies and adjacent bone were analysed at intervals from 3 up to 24 weeks postoperatively. Radiologically the osteotomy had closed at 9 weeks and microscopically this could be confirmed as longitudinal orientation of the cutter heads across the osteotomy gap with longitudinal orientation of the bone structure. The healing of the osteotomy was accompanied by gross structural changes in the adjacent cortical bone with loss of intracortical and subendosteal osteons, cementing lines and intermediate tissue between the osteons. This was characterized by decreasing attenuation of the cortical bone after healing of the osteotomy and should clinically be regarded as an indication for removal of the implant.

  4. The effect of PTH(1-34) on fracture healing during different loading conditions

    Ellegaard, Maria; Kringelbach, Tina; Syberg, Susanne


    . Five days before fracture, half of the animals received Botulinum Toxin A injections in the muscles of the fractured leg to induce muscle paralysis (unloaded group), whereas the other half received saline injections (control group). For the following 8 weeks, half of the animals in each group received...... and control animals. PTH(1-34) treatment increased ultimate force of the fracture by 63% in both control and unloaded animals and no interaction of the two interventions could be detected. PTH(1-34) was able to stimulate bone formation in normally loaded as well as unloaded intact bone. In conclusion...

  5. Double Plating of Distal Fibula Fractures.

    Vance, Danica D; Vosseller, J Turner


    Distal fibula fractures are common orthopaedic injuries that often require open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) to anatomically reduce the fracture and minimize the risk of posttraumatic arthritis. In certain clinical situations, stouter fixation may be advantageous to decrease the risk of fixation failure. In this study, the authors report on 12 patients who underwent distal fibula ORIF with 2 one-third tubular plates. Twelve consecutive patients who underwent distal fibula ORIF with 2 one-third tubular plates were retrospectively reviewed. Clinical and radiographic outcomes were reviewed, and functional outcomes were obtained using the Foot and Ankle Outcome Score (FAOS). Institutional review board approval was obtained. All 12 fractures healed clinically and radiographically. One patient was lost to follow-up after healing of the fracture. One patient had removal of fibular hardware at 15 months after surgery. Ten patients had no hardware related pain and good ankle function. FAOS scores were obtained at a mean of 25.6 months after surgery and were as follows: pain (87.6, SD = 9.5), activities of daily living (90.4, SD = 14.5), symptoms (93.3, SD = 9.5), sports (89.5, SD = 18.1), and quality of life (57.4, SD = 21.3). Double plating of distal fibula fractures is a viable technique for problem fractures that potentially provides a readily accessible, low-cost alternative to other means of enhancing fixation. Level IV.

  6. Fracture healing and transport properties of wellbore cement in the presence of supercritical CO2

    Liteanu, E.; Spiers, C.J.


    This paper investigates the process and rate of carbonation reaction of Class A wellbore cement exposed to CO2-saturated solution at confined conditions similar to those employed in geological storage of CO2. The main goal was to investigate whether reaction improves or degrades the sealing/healing

  7. Pharmacological agents and impairment of fracture healing: what is the evidence?

    Pountos, I.; Georgouli, T.; Blokhuis, T.J.; Pape, H.C.; Giannoudis, P.V.


    Bone healing is an extremely complex process which depends on the coordinated action of several cell lineages on a cascade of biological events, and has always been a major medical concern. The use of several drugs such as corticosteroids, chemotherapeutic agents, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory dru

  8. Gait and function as tools for the assessment of fracture repair - the role of movement analysis for the assessment of fracture healing.

    Rosenbaum, Dieter; Macri, Felipe; Lupselo, Fernando Silva; Preis, Osvaldo Cristiano


    Assessment of gait and function might be as sensitive tool to monitor the progress of fracture healing. Currently available assessment tools for function use instrumented three dimensional gait analysis or pedobarography. The analysis is focused on gait or movement parameters and seeks to identify abnormalities or asymmetries between legs or arms. The additional inclusion of muscle function by electromyography can further elucidate functional performance and its temporal development. Alternative approaches abstain from directly assessing function in the laboratory but rather determine the amount of activities of daily living or the mere ability to perform defined tasks such as walking, stair climbing or running. Some of these methods have been applied to determine recovery after orthopaedic interventions including fracture repair. The combination of lab-based functional measurements and assessment of physical activities in daily live may offer a valuable level of information about the gait quality and quantity of individual patients which sheds light on functional limitations or rehabilitation of gait and mobility after a disease or injury and the respective conservative, medical or surgical treatment.

  9. Effect of bromogeramine hydrotherapy for postoperative wound healing problems of foot and ankle surgery%新洁尔灭溶液水治疗对足踝部术后伤口愈合的影响

    石海花; 李毅; 赵宏谋; 梁晓军; 许琳


    Objective To explore the outcome of wound healing after bromogeramine hydrotherapy and wound dressing for the postoperative patients in our department of foot and ankle surgery. Methods From April 2005 to April 2010, ninety-six postoperative patients with long-term wound surface drainage impeded, healing problem and infection were treated in our department. Fifty-eight patients were treated with use of bromogeramine hydrotherapy. and 38 patients were treated with use of conventional dressing changing. The wound healing time were compared. Results The mean wound healing time in hydrotherapy group was 9.7 ± 2. 7 d, which was significantly shorter than dressing changing group (12. 6 ± 3. 5 d, P<0. 01). For those patients with wound surface drainage impeded or healing problem, the mean wound healing time in hydrotherapy group was significantly shorter than dressing group (P<0.01). However, the mean healing time of deep infection and osteomyelitis patients reached no significant difference between the two treatment groups (P≥0.05). Conclusions Bromogeramine hydrotherapy is a useful method for those with wound healing problem patients in department of foot and ankle surgery. However, the cases number in the dressing group was smaller than hydrotherapy group, and may influence the results.%目的 探讨新洁尔灭溶液水治疗和普通换药治疗对足踝部术后伤口愈合的影响.方法 2005年4月至2010年4月,共收治足踝部手术后伤口长期引流不畅、不愈合及感染患者96例,其中新洁尔灭溶液水治疗组58例,普通换药治疗组38例.比较两组患者伤口平均愈合时间.结果 水治疗组平均创面愈合时间为9.7±2.7d,普通换药组为12.6±3.5d,差异有显著统计学意义(P<0.01).水治疗组创面引流不畅及不愈合患者创面愈合时间明显短于普通换药治疗组(P<0.01),骨髓炎创面和张力性水泡结痂患者创面愈合时间也短于普通换药治疗组,但两组

  10. The impact of low-magnitude high-frequency vibration on fracture healing is profoundly influenced by the oestrogen status in mice

    Esther Wehrle


    Full Text Available Fracture healing is impaired in aged and osteoporotic individuals. Because adequate mechanical stimuli are able to increase bone formation, one therapeutical approach to treat poorly healing fractures could be the application of whole-body vibration, including low-magnitude high-frequency vibration (LMHFV. We investigated the effects of LMHFV on fracture healing in aged osteoporotic mice. Female C57BL/6NCrl mice (n=96 were either ovariectomised (OVX or sham operated (non-OVX at age 41 weeks. When aged to 49 weeks, all mice received a femur osteotomy that was stabilised using an external fixator. The mice received whole-body vibrations (20 minutes/day with 0.3 g peak-to-peak acceleration and a frequency of 45 Hz. After 10 and 21 days, the osteotomised femurs and intact bones (contra-lateral femurs, lumbar spine were evaluated using bending-testing, micro-computed tomography (μCT, histology and gene expression analyses. LMHFV disturbed fracture healing in aged non-OVX mice, with significantly reduced flexural rigidity (−81% and bone formation (−80% in the callus. Gene expression analyses demonstrated increased oestrogen receptor β (ERβ, encoded by Esr2 and Sost expression in the callus of the vibrated animals, but decreased β-catenin, suggesting that ERβ might mediate these negative effects through inhibition of osteoanabolic Wnt/β-catenin signalling. In contrast, in OVX mice, LMHFV significantly improved callus properties, with increased flexural rigidity (+1398% and bone formation (+637%, which could be abolished by subcutaneous oestrogen application (0.025 mg oestrogen administered in a 90-day-release pellet. On a molecular level, we found an upregulation of ERα in the callus of the vibrated OVX mice, whereas ERβ was unaffected, indicating that ERα might mediate the osteoanabolic response. Our results indicate a major role for oestrogen in the mechanostimulation of fracture healing and imply that LMHFV might only be safe and

  11. BMP-7 stimulates early diaphyseal fracture healing in estrogen deficient rats

    Blokhuis, T.J.; Buma, P.; Verdonschot, N.J.J.; Gotthardt, M.; Hendriks, T.


    Estrogen deficiency causes postmenopausal osteoporosis. The relationship between estrogen deficiency and the high failure rate after osteoporotic fracture treatment is unclear, as is the effect of possible interventions, either with anti-resorptive agents or with anabolic agents such as bone morphog

  12. BMP-7 stimulates early diaphyseal fracture healing in estrogen deficient rats.

    Blokhuis, T.J.; Buma, P.; Verdonschot, N.J.; Gotthardt, M.; Hendriks, T.


    Estrogen deficiency causes postmenopausal osteoporosis. The relationship between estrogen deficiency and the high failure rate after osteoporotic fracture treatment is unclear, as is the effect of possible interventions, either with anti-resorptive agents or with anabolic agents such as bone morphog

  13. Means of enhancing bone fracture healing : Optimal cell source, isolation methods and acoustic stimulation

    Ghebes, Corina Adriana; Braham, Maaike Vera Jasmijn; Zeegers, Adelgunde Veronica Clemens Maria; Renard, Auke Jan Sijbe; Fernandes, Hugo; Saris, Daniel B F


    Background: The human body has an extensive capacity to regenerate bone tissue after trauma. However large defects such as long bone fractures of the lower limbs cannot be restored without intervention and often lead to nonunion. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to assess the pool and

  14. Ankle pain

    ... which cushions joints) Infection in the ankle joint Osteoarthritis , gout , rheumatoid arthritis , Reiter syndrome , and other types ... Ma, MD, assistant professor, chief, sports medicine and shoulder service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, ...

  15. 可吸收螺钉治疗踝关节骨折的疗效分析%Efficacy of absorbable screws in treatment of ankle fractures

    顾峥嵘; 王海鹏; 颜家骅; 刘云吉; 徐菁


    目的:比较可吸收螺钉和金属螺钉治疗踝关节骨折的疗效及其对踝关节功能的影响。方法选取踝关节骨折患者90例,其中男性48例,女性42例;年龄18~60岁,平均年龄32.45岁。随机分为观察组和对照组,每组各45例。观察组予以可吸收螺钉内固定治疗,对照组予以金属螺钉内固定治疗。观察两组术后的疗效、踝关节功能和并发症的发生率。结果观察组总有效率为95.56%,对照组总有效率为91.11%,两组差异无统计学意义(χ2=0.179,P>0.05)。踝关节功能评分比较,观察组疼痛、活动范围和总分明显高于对照组(P0.05)。观察组并发症发生率为6.67%,明显低于对照组26.67%(χ2=5.120,P0.05). The ankle function scores, the pain score, range of motion score and total score in observation group were all significantly higher than those in control group(P0.05). The incidence of complication was 6.67%in observation group which was significantly lower than 26.67 % in control group (χ2= 5.120, P < 0.05). Conclusion It is demonstrated that efficacy of absorbable screws in the treatment of ankle fractures is proved with histocompatibility and low complication, which could avoid the secondary surgery and reduce the burden on patients.

  16. Glossary of Foot and Ankle Terms

    ... of Charcot fractures in the foot and ankle. Orthopaedics/Orthopedics - The medical and surgical specialty focused on treating, repairing and reconstructing the human musculoskeletal system. Orthopaedist /Orthopaedic Surgeon - A surgeon whose specialty is treating, repairing ...

  17. Diagnosis and treatment of AO-B type ankle j oint fracture combined with distal tibiofibular syndesmosis inj ury%AO-B型踝关节骨折伴有下胫腓联合损伤诊断及治疗

    洪劲松; 付小勇; 潘永雄


    Objective To explore the diagnosis and effect of surgical treatment for AO-B type ankle joint fracture combined with distal tibiofibular syndesmosis injury.Methods From July 2010 to December 2012,42 patients with AO-B type ankle joint fracture combined with distal tibiofibular syndesmosis injury were treated by surgical treatment.There were 30 cases of trimalleolar fracture,6 cases of bimalleolar ankle fracture,6 cases of bimalleolar fracture with deltoid ligament rupture.During the operation,the lateral malleolus should be reduced and fixed before the posterior and medial malleolus,then fixed the distal tibiofibular syndesmosis.The curative effect was evaluated with American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS)ankle-hindfoot scale.Results Forty patients were followed up for 10 to 26 months (average,14.3±0.5 months).All fractures were union.There was 1 case of wound delayed heal.No wound infection and necrosis occured.The score of AOFAS ankle-hindfoot scale was 87.1± 2.16 at 6 months,and 93.4±2.31 at 12 months postoperatively (P<0.01).The last follow-up,26 feet (65.0%) were excellent,10 feet (25.0%)were good,6 feet (10.0%)were middle,the excellent and good rate was 90.0%. Conclusion It is important to accurately evaluate whether or not combined with distal tibiofibular syndesmosis injury, and do anatomic reduction and fixation for gaining good function of AO-B type ankle joint fracture.%目的探讨手术治疗 AO-B 型踝关节骨折伴有下胫腓联合损伤的诊断及治疗效果。方法2010年7月至2012年12月采用手术治疗AO-B型踝关节骨折伴有下胫腓联合损伤患者42例,其中三踝骨折30例,外后踝骨折伴有三角韧带断裂6例,单纯内外踝骨折6例。术中为先行外踝、后踝内固定,再行内踝内固定或内侧三角韧带修复,最后行下胫腓联合内固定。采用美国足踝骨科学会(AOFAS)踝-后足评分标准进行疗效评定。结果术后40例患者获得随

  18. Observations concerning different patterns of bone healing using the Point Contact Fixator (PC-Fix) as a new technique for fracture fixation.

    Hofer, H P; Wildburger, R; Szyszkowitz, R


    The recent trend in all surgical disciplines has been the development of techniques in minimally invasive surgery and the optimal maintenance of the blood supply to the bone fragments during osteosynthesis. Currently, the Point Contact Fixator (PC-Fix) has been introduced as a new implant for the stabilization of forearm bones. This plate-like splint and screw fixation system, which actually acts as an internal fixator, is characterized by minimized isolated contacts to the bone and proven angular stability of the monocortically locked screws. By using the PC-Fix, a further reduction of damage to the blood supply to the bone is achieved. Since 1994, 38 patients have been treated with this new device; we have reviewed the radiographs of 52 consolidated forearm fractures/osteotomies in accordance with the patterns of bone healing associated with the different methods of implant application according to the fracture type. In the groups in which traditionally precise reduction, interfragmentary compression and stable fixation was achieved (N=31), we found in 71% an absence of periosteal callus (direct bone healing). In the groups in which compression and adaptation were combined, or even main fragments adapted without compression, with wedges remaining unreduced in soft tissue connection (N=21), we found a visible external callus in 81% (indirect healing) (P = 0.002). Indirect healing after internal fixation is no longer regarded as a disturbance to healing, but is a goal in itself. The appearance of callus is a welcome sign indicating a prompt and positive reaction in the course of bone union which will lead to progressive fracture immobilization. When using the PC-Fix in a "biological way", callus formation and solid union take place earlier than in conventional plating. The new internal fixator offers substantial technical and mechanical advantages in fracture treatment. Therefore, it is an ideal implant to satisfy the requirements of modern biological

  19. Rehabilitation trainging of ankle fractures after open reduction%踝部骨折切开复位术后康复训练


    @@ Background:Ankle joint is a weight carrying one,which treatment focuses on anatomical reduction of articular surface.The ultimate aim is completely recovery of joint function.It is much benefit for open reduction with rational rehabilitation training of post operation to function recovery of ankle joint.

  20. Bone stimulation for fracture healing: What′s all the fuss?

    Victoria Galkowski


    Full Text Available Approximately 10% of the 7.9 million annual fracture patients in the United States experience nonunion and/or delayed unions, which have a substantial economic and quality of life impact. A variety of devices are being marketed under the name of "bone growth stimulators." This article provides an overview of electrical and electromagnetic stimulation, ultrasound, and extracorporeal shock waves. More research is needed for knowledge of appropriate device configurations, advancement in the field, and encouragement in the initiation of new trials, particularly large multicenter trials and randomized control trials that have standardized device and protocol methods.

  1. Effects of low-dose microwave on healing of fractures with titanium alloy internal fixation: an experimental study in a rabbit model.

    Dongmei Ye

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Microwave is a method for improving fracture repair. However, one of the contraindications for microwave treatment listed in the literature is surgically implanted metal plates in the treatment field. The reason is that the reflection of electromagnetic waves and the eddy current stimulated by microwave would increase the temperature of magnetic implants and cause heat damage in tissues. Comparing with traditional medical stainless steel, titanium alloy is a kind of medical implants with low magnetic permeability and electric conductivity. But the effects of microwave treatment on fracture with titanium alloy internal fixation in vivo were not reported. The aim of this article was to evaluate the security and effects of microwave on healing of a fracture with titanium alloy internal fixation. METHODS: Titanium alloy internal fixation systems were implanted in New Zealand rabbits with a 3.0 mm bone defect in the middle of femur. We applied a 30-day microwave treatment (2,450MHz, 25W, 10 min per day to the fracture 3 days after operation. Temperature changes of muscle tissues around implants were measured during the irradiation. Normalized radiographic density of the fracture gap was measured on the 10th day and 30th day of the microwave treatment. All of the animals were killed after 10 and 30 days microwave treatment with histologic and histomorphometric examinations performed on the harvested tissues. FINDINGS: The temperatures did not increase significantly in animals with titanium alloy implants. The security of microwave treatment was also supported by histology of muscles, nerve and bone around the implants. Radiographic assessment, histologic and histomorphometric examinations revealed significant improvement in the healing bone. CONCLUSION: Our results suggest that, in the healing of fracture with titanium alloy internal fixation, a low dose of microwave treatment may be a promising method.

  2. Diabetes mellitus affects the biomechanical function of the callus and the expression of TGF-beta1 and BMP2 in an early stage of fracture healing

    M.T. Xu


    Full Text Available Transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1 and bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2 are important regulators of bone repair and regeneration. In this study, we examined whether TGF-β1 and BMP-2 expressions were delayed during bone healing in type 1 diabetes mellitus. Tibial fractures were created in 95 diabetic and 95 control adult male Wistar rats of 10 weeks of age. At 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 weeks after fracture induction, five rats were sacrificed from each group. The expressions of TGF-β1 and BMP2 in the fractured tibias were measured by immunohistochemistry and quantitative reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction, weekly for the first 5 weeks post-fracture. Mechanical parameters (bending rigidity, torsional rigidity, destruction torque of the healing bones were also assessed at 3, 4, and 5 weeks post-fracture, after the rats were sacrificed. The bending rigidity, torsional rigidity and destruction torque of the two groups increased continuously during the healing process. The diabetes group had lower mean values for bending rigidity, torsional rigidity and destruction torque compared with the control group (P<0.05. TGF-β1 and BMP-2 expression were significantly lower (P<0.05 in the control group than in the diabetes group at postoperative weeks 1, 2, and 3. Peak levels of TGF-β1 and BMP-2 expression were delayed by 1 week in the diabetes group compared with the control group. Our results demonstrate that there was a delayed recovery in the biomechanical function of the fractured bones in diabetic rats. This delay may be associated with a delayed expression of the growth factors TGF-β1 and BMP-2.

  3. Melt fracturing and healing: A mechanism for degassing and origin of silicic obsidian

    Cabrera, A.; Weinberg, R.F.; Wright, H.M.N.; Zlotnik, S.; Cas, Ray A.F.


    We present water content transects across a healed fault in pyroclastic obsidian from Lami pumice cone, Lipari, Italy, using synchrotron Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Results indicate that rhyolite melt degassed through the fault surface. Transects define a trough of low water content coincident with the fault trace, surrounded on either side by high-water-content plateaus. Plateaus indicate that obsidian on either side of the fault equilibrated at different pressure-temperature (P-T) conditions before being juxtaposed. The curves into the troughs indicate disequilibrium and water loss through diffusion. If we assume constant T, melt equilibrated at pressures differing by 0.74 MPa before juxtaposition, and the fault acted as a low-P permeable path for H2O that diffused from the glass within time scales of 10 and 30 min. Assuming constant P instead, melt on either side could have equilibrated at temperatures differing by as much as 100 ??C, before being brought together. Water content on the fault trace is particularly sensitive to post-healing diffusion. Its preserved value indicates either higher temperature or lower pressure than the surroundings, indicative of shear heating and dynamic decompression. Our results reveal that water contents of obsidian on either side of the faults equilibrated under different P-T conditions and were out of equilibrium with each other when they were juxtaposed due to faulting immediately before the system was quenched. Degassing due to faulting could be linked to cyclical seismic activity and general degassing during silicic volcanic activity, and could be an efficient mechanism of producing low-water-content obsidian. ?? 2011 Geological Society of America.

  4. A novel coupled system of non-local integro-differential equations modelling Young's modulus evolution, nutrients' supply and consumption during bone fracture healing

    Lu, Yanfei; Lekszycki, Tomasz


    During fracture healing, a series of complex coupled biological and mechanical phenomena occurs. They include: (i) growth and remodelling of bone, whose Young's modulus varies in space and time; (ii) nutrients' diffusion and consumption by living cells. In this paper, we newly propose to model these evolution phenomena. The considered features include: (i) a new constitutive equation for growth simulation involving the number of sensor cells; (ii) an improved equation for nutrient concentration accounting for the switch between Michaelis-Menten kinetics and linear consumption regime; (iii) a new constitutive equation for Young's modulus evolution accounting for its dependence on nutrient concentration and variable number of active cells. The effectiveness of the model and its predictive capability are qualitatively verified by numerical simulations (using COMSOL) describing the healing of bone in the presence of damaged tissue between fractured parts.

  5. Root fractures

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


    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....

  6. Metatarsal stress fractures - aftercare

    ... page: // 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 ...

  7. The 9/11 Decade: Social Imaginary and Healing Virtual Community Fracture

    Charles A. Hays


    Full Text Available The initial events of 9/11 broke upon the awareness of people who turned first to traditional media for information, then to their networks of distant others when traditional media could not meet their needs. This study looks at two online community groups on Usenet. Though other technologies have supplanted Usenet to some degree, it provided a vibrant means of asynchronously connecting people interested in online discussion. As community members expressed their shock and horror, they also acted out the process of repairing the radical fracture to their virtual communal identity. The process by which they enacted this repair embodies a social imaginary, and is generally called “community repair”. This study finds that the process of community repair is very much driven by the culture inherent in the sodality represented by the participants to each newsgroup, reflecting the values that participants have communally agreed to hold valuable.

  8. Outcome of ankle arthrodesis in posttraumatic arthritis

    B S Narayana Gowda


    Full Text Available Background: Ankle arthrodesis is still a gold standard salvage procedure for the management of ankle arthritis. There are several functional and mechanical benefits of ankle arthrodesis, which make it a viable surgical procedure in the management of ankle arthritis. The functional outcomes following ankle arthrodesis are not very well known. The purpose of this study was to perform a clinical and radiographic evaluation of ankle arthrodesis in posttraumatic arthritis performed using Charnley′s compression device. Materials and Methods: Between January 2006 and December 2009 a functional assessment of 15 patients (10 males and 5 females who had undergone ankle arthrodesis for posttraumatic arthritis and/or avascular necrosis (AVN talus (n=6, malunited bimalleolar fracture (n=4, distal tibial plafond fractures (n=3, medial malleoli nonunion (n=2. All the patients were assessed clinically and radiologically after an average followup of 2 years 8 months (range 1-5.7 years. Results: All patients had sound ankylosis and no complications related to the surgery. Scoring the patients with the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS Ankle-Hindfoot scale, we found that 11 of the 15 had excellent results, two had good, and two showed fair results. They were all returned to their preinjury activities. Conclusion: We conclude that, the ankle arthrodesis can still be considered as a standard procedure in ankle arthritis. On the basis of these results, patients should be counseled that an ankle fusion will help to relieve pain and to improve overall function. Still, one should keep in mind that it is a salvage procedure that will cause persistent alterations in gait with a potential for deterioration due to the development of subtalar arthritis.

  9. The Application of 3D Printing Technology in Ankle Fracture Surgery%踝关节骨折手术中3D打印技术的应用



    目的 探讨踝关节骨折手术中采用3 D打印技术的应用价值.方法 选取我院接收的踝关节骨折患者20例,进行CT扫描,将数据用14.0软件进行三维重建,再将数据利用3 D打印技术进行实体模型制作,模拟内固定植人手术,参照模拟数据再行实际手术.结果 3 D实物模型打印立体感强,可多方位、多角度呈现踝关节骨折形态,明确钢板、螺钉植入位置、长度和角度.手术均顺利完成,钢板及螺钉植入情况与3 D模拟数据相吻合,效果满意.结论 踝关节骨折手术中应用3 D打印技术,模拟设计可为实际手术操作提供可靠依据.%Objective To explore the application value of 3 D printing technology in Ankle fracture surgery.Methods Selected 20 cases of patients with ankle fractures in our hospital, CT scan, the data with 14.0 software for 3 D reconstruction, then the data used 3 D printing technology entity model, simulated internal fixation of surgery, reference to simulate actual operation data.Results 3 D mock-up printing stereo sense is strong, ankle fracture pattern in all-round, multi-angle, clear plate and screw implant position, length and angle, operation successfully completed, steel plate and screw implant in conformity with the 3 D simulation data, the effect was satisfied. Conclusion Application of 3 D printing ankle fracture surgery, simulation design can provide reliable basis for the actual operation.

  10. 伴踝关节面损伤的胫骨下1/3骨折的治疗%Fractures of Distal Third of the Tibia with Involvement of the Articular Surface of the Ankle

    王亚梓; 郑涛; 刘津浩; 陆宸照


    目的通过对伴有踝关节面骨折的胫骨下1/3骨折的诊断和治疗,提出闭合手术复位的固定原则。方法在34例胫骨下1/3骨折患者的髓内钉手术中,6例伴有踝关节面损伤于髓内钉手术后,经皮加用拉力螺钉固定关节面骨折片。结果经过治疗的病人均获得满意的效果,没有骨折移位皮肤坏死的并发症,踝关节功能基本正常。结论胫骨下1/3骨折伴有踝关节面损伤的病例即使手术前未发现经关节面的骨折,也要在髓内钉手术中和手术后加以排除;在胫骨的髓内钉固定手术中,无论踝关节面的骨片移位与否,都应用拉力螺钉固定。%Objective We reviewed six patients with fractures of the distal tibia and metaphyse is with displaced extension into the ankle joint, and recommended a biological surgical solution using closed locked intramedullary nailing and additional percutaneous interfragrnentary screw fixation Methods During 34 tibia intramedullary nailing operations, we found 6 patients with fractures of the distal tibial ar- ticular surface which requied additional inter-articular-fragmentary screw fixation. Results All pa- tients had good results and normal range of ankle motion. There were not fracture displacement and soft tissue complications. Conclusion Fractures of the distal third of the tibia may be associated with articu- lar fracture which may be neglected. We must examine the ankle carefully at operation and post operation. Fractures of the distal tibia involving the articular surface with or without displacement should be fixed by lag screws during operation.

  11. Fracture Toughness of Carbon Fiber Composites Containing Various Fiber Sizings and a Puncture Self-Healing Thermoplastic Matrix

    Cano, Roberto J.; Grimsley, Brian W.; Ratcliffe, James G.; Gordon, Keith L.; Smith, Joseph G.; Siochi, Emilie J.


    Ongoing efforts at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) have resulted in the identification of several commercially available thermoplastic resin systems which self-heal after ballistic impact and through penetration. One of these resins, polybutylene graft copolymer (PBg), was selected as a matrix for processing with unsized carbon fibers to fabricate reinforced composites for further evaluation. During process development, data from thermo-physical analyses was utilized to determine a processing cycle to fabricate laminate panels, which were analyzed by photo microscopy and acid digestion. The process cycle was further optimized based on these results to fabricate panels for mechanical property characterization. The results of the processing development effort of this composite material, as well as the results of the mechanical property characterization, indicated that bonding between the fiber and PBg was not adequate. Therefore, three sizings were investigated in this work to assess their potential to improve fiber/matrix bonding compared to previously tested unsized IM7 fiber. Unidirectional prepreg was made at NASA LaRC from three sized carbon fibers and utilized to fabricate test coupons that were tested in double cantilever beam configurations to determine GIc fracture toughness.

  12. Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound increases bone volume, osteoid thickness and mineral apposition rate in the area of fracture healing in patients with a delayed union of the osteotomized fibula

    Rutten, S.; Nolte, P.A.; Korstjens, C.M.; van Duin, M.A.; Klein-Nulend, J.


    Introduction Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) accelerates impaired fracture healing, but the exact mechanism is unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate how LIPUS affects bone healing at the tissue level in patients with a delayed union of the osteotomized fibula, by using histology

  13. The use of MTA/blood mixture to induce hard tissue healing in a root fractured maxillary central incisor. Case report and treatment considerations.

    Chaniotis, A


    To report the use of MTA/blood mixture for the induction of hard tissue healing of multiple horizontal root fractures in a maxillary incisor. An 18-year-old male patient was referred after suffering trauma to the anterior maxilla. Radiographic evaluation revealed multiple horizontal fractures in the middle and cervical third of his maxillary right central incisor. Clinical evaluation revealed third grade mobility of the coronal segment. The patient's accompanying radiographs revealed that root canal treatment of all segments had been previously initiated and both segments had been rendered pulpless. The coronal segment was repositioned and stabilized. A bi-antibiotic mixture, containing equal parts of ciprofloxacin and metronidazole, was used for the disinfection of the root canal segments. A blood clot was induced from the periapical area and MTA powder was mixed with the blood creating a bioceramic mixture covering all the fractures. Thick MTA was placed as a coronal barrier and the tooth was restored. Recall examination after 24 months revealed healing of the horizontal fractures. The MTA mixed with the blood lost its radio-opacity over time. Tooth mobility returned to normal limits. A low range of 5-25% of all horizontally root fractured cases develop pulp necrosis, confined in the coronal segment, leaving the apical segment with vital tissue. In the unfortunate situation that the pulp of both segments becomes necrotic or the entire pulp tissue is removed, the use of MTA/blood mixture may be beneficial for the induction of hard tissue healing. MTA when mixed with blood seems to lose its radio-opacity over time. © 2013 International Endodontic Journal. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  14. Fibular fixation for distal third tibia shaft fractures evidently improves tibial valgus and ankle function%腓骨内固定修复胫骨干远端1/3骨折:可明显改善胫骨外翻畸形及踝关节功能

    史瑞明; 冯世庆


    BACKGROUND:Fractures of shafts of the tibia and fibula are the most common diaphyseal fractures among al long bones. The clinical significance of fibula fixation in treatment of distal third shaft fractures is controversial, and the studies are also different. OBJECTIVE:To explore the clinical significance of fibular fixation in treatment of distal third tibia shaft fractures. METHODS:A retrospective review has been performed on the clinical data of sixty-four cases with distal third tibia shaft fracture in Department of Orthopedics, China National Offshore Oil Corporation General Hospital from January 2006 to March 2010. Al cases were divided into two groups based on whether the fibula was fixed or not: fibula fixation group (n=36) and fibula non-fixation group (n=28). Union rate of fracture, bone union time and tibial valgus angle were compared between the two groups. According to Merchant-Dietz criteria, the ankle range of motion and ankle evaluation score were evaluated and compared between the two groups. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: No significant difference in union rate of fracture, bone union time and ankle range of motion was detected between two groups. Tibial valgus angle was smaler in the fibula fixation group (5.42±1.16)° than in the fibula non-fixation group (7.54±1.90)°(P=0.006). Ankle function score was higher in the fibula fixation group (93.58±0.97) than in the fibula non-fixation group (90.57±3.92) (P=0.000). Three cases in the fibula fixation group suffered from superficial wound infection, and achieved good healing after treatment of anti-infection and changing dresses. Above results verify that fibular fixation can reduce tibial valgus angle and improve ankle joint function in treatment of distal third tibia fractures.%背景:胫腓骨干骨折是四肢骨干骨折中最常见的骨折类型,对于腓骨固定在胫骨干远端骨折的临床意义,一直存在争论,各研究报道也不尽相同。目的:探讨腓

  15. Discussion on clinical efficacy and discussion of prone position after ankle lateral,posterolateral approach combined with medial joint approach for the treatment of trimalleolar fracture%探讨内踝、外踝与后踝俯卧位联合入路治疗三踝骨折的临床研究



    Objective To investigate the clinical efficacy of prone position after ankle lateral,posterolateral approach combined with medial joint approach for the treatment of trimalleolar fracture.Methods 52 cases of patients who were treated for trimalleolar fracture in hour hospital from June 2013 to June 2014 in our hospital were selected as the research object,.They were randomly divided into observation group and the control group.The observation group was used the prone position after ankle lateral,posterolateral approach combined with medial joint approach for treatment, the control group was used conventional fracture for treatment.The clinical curative effect was observed.Results For the obervation group,the mean operative time was (93.5±4.6) minutes,the average amount of bleeding was (85.5±10.3) ml, the average hospitalization time of postoperative was (11.2±1.1) days,the average healing time was (5.2±0.5) months.As for the control group,the average operation time was (103.5±8.7) minutes,the average amount of bleeding was (105.5 ± 8.6) ml,the averaged postoperative hospitalization time was (13.4 ±1.5) days,the average healing time was (5.9 ±0.8) months.In the observation group,the average operation time,average bleeding volume,postoperative hospitalization time, the average healing time were significantly lower than those in the control group,and there were significant differences (P﹤0.05).There were no fracture displacement,no implant loosening,no wound infection;while the patients of the control group patients were stage Ⅰ healing,2 cases of fracture displacement,2 cases in the locker,3 cases of wound infection and bone.According to Baird Jackson scoring system was used to evaluate the effect,the result showed that, observation group was excellent in 10 cases,good in 10 cases,6 cases,the excellent and good rate was 76.9%;the control group were excellent in 4 cases,good in 5 cases,17 cases,the overall excellent and good rate was 34.6%,the excellent


    I. F. Аkhtyamov


    Full Text Available Purpose. To quantify the density of the cortical bone of the tibia in the area of reparative regeneration and the state of the vascular bed (hemodynamics of the operated limb under intramedullary osteosynthesis using pins coated with titanium and hafnium nitrides. Materials and methods. In the experiment, changes in the bone density and the characteristics of the local blood supply were studied on 40 outbred rabbits which underwent intramedullary osteosynthesis by the use of pins with a nanocoating based on superhard compounds which consist of titanium and hafnium nitrides and pins without a coating. Using color Doppler mode helped to evaluate the condition of the vascular bed proximally to the fracture site. Results. It is noted that the use of pins with the described coating above did not violate the osteoregeneration staging. The density of the cortical bone in the test group exceeded that of the comparison group by an average of 30%. Bone remodeling processes in the test group completed at an earlier date, as determined by the higher rates of its density. In the study of the vascular bed of the operated limb, it was found that on the 10th day of the experiment, an increase in the maximal velocity of the blood flow was recorded (TAMAX. In animals of the test group this index approached preoperative values on the 30th day, while in animals of the comparison group this index approached the initial values only by the 60th day. Conclusion. The use of implants coated with titanium and hafnium nitrides which are characterized by high strength, thermal and chemical stability is accompanied by the formation of a cortical bone in the area of osteotomy with higher density characteristics. The changes which are typical of the vasodilatation in the area of injury in the early postoperative period can be regarded as a positive factor in the formation of primary bone union. In the group where implants coated with titanium and hafnium nitrides were used

  17. Bony healing of unstable thoracolumbar burst fractures in the elderly using percutaneously applied titanium mesh cages and a transpedicular fixation system with expandable screws.

    Anica Eschler

    Full Text Available There is a high incidence of vertebral burst fractures following low velocity trauma in the elderly. Treatment of unstable vertebral burst fractures using the same principles like in stable vertebral burst fractures may show less favourable results in terms of fracture reduction, maintenance of reduction and cement leakage. In order to address these shortcomings this study introduces cementless fixation of unstable vertebral burst fractures using internal fixators and expandable intravertebral titanium mesh cages in a one-stage procedure via minimum-invasive techniques.A total of 16 consecutive patients (median age 76 years, range 58-94 with unstable thoracolumbar burst fractures and concomitant osteoporosis were treated by an internal fixator inserted via minimum invasive technique one level above and below the fractured vertebra. Fracture reduction was achieved and maintained by transpedicular placement of two titanium mesh cages into the fractured vertebral body during the same procedure. Intra- and postoperative safety of the procedure as well as analysis of reduction quality was analysed by 3D C-arm imaging or CT, respectively. Clinical and radiographic follow-up averaged 10.4 months (range 4.5-24.5.Stabilization of the collapsed vertebral body was achieved in all 16 cases without any intraoperative complication. Surgical time averaged 102 ± 6.6 minutes (71-194. The postoperative kyphotic angle (KA and Cobb angle revealed significant improvements (KA 13.7° to 7.4°, p < 0.001; Cobb 9.6° to 6.0°, p < 0.002 with partial loss of reduction at final follow-up (KA 8.3°, Cobb 8.7°. VAS (Visual Analogue Scale improved from 7.6 to 2.6 (p < 0.001. Adjacent fractures were not observed. One minor (malposition of pedicle screw complication was encountered.Cementless fixation of osteoporotic burst fractures revealed substantial pain relief, adequate maintenance of reduction and a low complication rate. Bony healing after unstable osteoporotic burst

  18. Chinese Massage Therapy for Ankle Injury

    CHEN Ming-xia; LI Nian-qun; HUANG Guo-qi


    Purpose: To explore the therapeutic methods and effects in the treatment of acute and chronic injuries of the ankle joint by Chinese massage therapy in combination with external application of Chinese herbal drugs and functional exercises. Methods: Totally, 36 cases of the patients with acute soft tissue injury, chronic soft tissue injury and post-fracture sequelae of the ankle joint were treated by Chinese massage therapy, external application or external wash of Chinese herbal drugs, and exercises of dorsal flexion and extension of the ankle joint, to observe the restoration of the ankle functions.Results: In 36 cases of the patients, the results showed remarkable effect in 18 cases, effect in 16 cases, failure in 2 cases and the effective rate in 94.4%. Conclusion: The combined use of Chinese massage therapy, external application of Chinese herbal drugs and functional exercises can produce precise effect in the treatment of soft tissue injury of the ankle joint.

  19. Nonoperative treatment of an os peroneum fracture in a high-level athlete: a case report.

    Smith, Jeremy T; Johnson, Anne H; Heckman, James D


    The os peroneum is a sesamoid bone in the peroneus longus tendon. Fractures of the os peroneum are rare. Some authors recommend surgery for active patients. A 41-year-old male professional tennis coach sustained a minimally displaced fracture of the os peroneum. He was treated with restricted weightbearing for 2 weeks, followed by physical therapy and gradual return to activities. He returned to tennis 8 weeks after injury. Followup 7 years after the injury showed he had full strength, full motion, and a radiographically healed os peroneum. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) Ankle-Hindfoot Scale score was 100 and Ankle Activity Score and Tegner Activity Level Scale were unchanged from those before injury. Fracture of the os peroneum is a rare injury and treatment recommendations are based largely on very small series and case reports. Proposed treatment strategies for fracture of the os peroneum include nonoperative treatment, fixation of the fracture, excision of the bone with direct repair of the tendon, and tenodesis of the peroneus longus to the peroneus brevis. Although some surgeons suggest fracture of the os peroneum should be treated operatively in active patients, this case shows nonoperative treatment allowed pain-free return to activities in a high-level athlete with a minimally-displaced fracture.

  20. The proportion of distal fibula Salter-Harris type I epiphyseal fracture in the paediatric population with acute ankle injury: a prospective MRI study.

    Hofsli, Mikael; Torfing, Trine; Al-Aubaidi, Zaid


    Ankle injuries are common among the paediatric population. There are few prospective studies utilizing MRI to diagnose a clinically suspected Salter-Harris type I of the distal fibula (SH1FDF). The aim of this study was to examine the proportion of clinically suspected SH1FDF in children. All paediatric patients with ankle injury, seen at the emergency room from September 2012 to May 2013 at a single institution, underwent a standardized clinical examination, and their radiographs were obtained if found necessary. All images and data were recorded prospectively and patients suspected of having SH1FDF were referred for MRI of the ankle joint. Out of 391 paediatric patients seen at the emergency room with ankle injury, 38 patients had a clinical suspicion of SH1FDF. A total of 31 patients, 18 male and 13 female, with a mean age of 10 ± 2.86 years, were included in the study. Only seven patients were excluded from the study. MRI was obtained on an average of 6.9 ± 2.87 days. None of the included patients had evidence of SH1FDF on MRI. Our study and review of the literature verifies the high false-positive rate of clinically suspected SH1FDF. Most children had ligamentous lesions, bone contusion or joint effusion, rather than SH1FDF.

  1. How to evaluate the quality of fracture reduction and fixation of the wrist and ankle in clinical practice: a Delphi consensus

    Beerekamp, M.S.; Haverlag, R.; Ubbink, D.T.; Luitse, J.S.; Ponsen, K.J.; Goslings, J.C.


    METHOD: A Delphi study was conducted to obtain consensus on the most important criteria for the radiological evaluation of the reduction and fixation of the wrist and ankle. The Delphi study consisted of a bipartite online questionnaire, focusing on the interpretation of radiographs and CT scans of

  2. Feasibility and Efficacy of Posterolateral Recumbent Plus Inferiomedial Supine Approach for Trimalleolar Ankle Fractures%侧卧位并仰卧位(后外侧并内侧)双切口治疗三踝骨折

    张梅刃; 蒋际钊; 黄辉春


    Objective] To explore the feasibility and efficacy of posterolateral recumbent plus inferiomedial supine approach for trimalleolar ankle fractures .[Methods] For 21 cases of trimalleolar ankle fractures ,the posterolateral recumbent plus inferiomedial supine approach was employed .According to the Lange‐Hansen classification scheme ,the types were supination‐external rotation stage Ⅳ ( n = 18) and pronation‐external ro‐tation stage Ⅳ ( n = 3) .[Results] The average follow‐up period was 21 (6 ~ 33) months .Based upon the Ma‐zur evaluation system ,the outcomes were excellent ( n = 13) ,fair ( n = 3) and decent ( n = 5) .[Conclusion]Under direct vision ,the posterolateral recumbent plus inferiomedial supine approach may achieve excellent re‐ductions and fixations for trimalleolar ankle fractures .%【目的】探讨侧卧下后外侧切口入路并仰卧位下内侧切口入路治疗三踝骨折的方法及疗效。【方法】应用侧卧下后内侧切口入路并仰卧位下内侧切口入路治疗三踝骨折21例,手术采用先侧卧位下后外侧切口入路,先复位固定外踝,在直视下来复位固定后踝骨折块,然后改为仰卧位内侧切口固定内踝。根据Lange‐Hansen 分型:Ⅳ度旋后‐外旋型18例,Ⅳ度旋前‐外旋型3例。【结果】21例随访6~33个月,平均21个月。根据 Mazur 踝关节评分系统:优13例,良 3例,可5例。【结论】侧卧下后外侧切口入路+仰卧位下内侧切口入路治疗治疗三踝骨折,直视下复位固定后踝骨折块,可以获得良好的复位和临床疗效。

  3. The effect of calcium and vitamin D3 supplementation on the healing of the proximal humerus fracture: a randomized placebo-controlled study

    Doetsch, A M; Faber, J; Lynnerup, N


    scan, WHO criteria), and not taking any drugs related to bone formation, including calcium or vitamin D supplementation, were randomly assigned to either oral 800 IU vitamin D3 plus 1 g calcium or placebo, in a double-blind prospective study. We measured biochemical, radiographic, and bone mineral......The purpose of this study was to (1) quantify the healing process of the human osteoporotic proximal humerus fracture (PHF) expressed in terms of callus formation over the fracture region using BMD scanning, and (2) quantify the impact of medical intervention with vitamin D3 and calcium......, with peak levels in week 6. By week 6 BMD levels were higher in the active group (0.623 g/cm2) compared with the placebo group (0.570 g/cm2, P = 0.006). Thirty seven percent of the patients presented with vitamin D levels below 30 nmol/l, indicative of mild vitamin D insufficiency. In conclusion, we have...

  4. Posterior Ankle Structure Injury During Total Ankle Replacement.

    Reb, Christopher W; McAlister, Jeffrey E; Hyer, Christopher F; Berlet, Gregory C


    Total ankle replacement studies have focused on reporting complications that are directly observed clinically or radiographically, including wound problems, technical errors, implant loosening, subsidence, infection, bone fractures, and heterotopic ossification. However, patients can still experience unresolved pain even when these problems have been ruled out. We initiated a study to more clearly define the relative risk of injury to the anatomic structures in the posterior ankle during total ankle replacement using a third-generation implant system. Ten fresh-frozen adult cadaveric below-the-knee specimens were positioned in the intraoperative positioning frame of an approved total ankle replacement system and adjusted to achieve proper foot alignment using fluoroscopic imaging. The relationship between the tibial cutting guide pins and the posterior neurovascular and tendon structures was measured using digital calipers. High rates of posterior structural injury were found. Nearly all proximal-medial pins encountered a posteromedial neurovascular structure, most commonly the tibial nerve. The distal-medial pins mainly encountered posteromedial tendinous structures, in particular, the flexor digitorum longus tendon. The proximal lateral pins were highly likely to encounter the Achilles tendon and the sural nerve. Our results support our hypothesis that the tibial neurovascular structures are at the greatest risk when preparing for and completing the bony resection, particularly with the medial and proximal cuts. Posterior ankle soft tissue structure injuries can occur during implantation but currently with unknown frequency and undetermined significance. Further study of posterior structural injuries could result in a more informed approach to post-total ankle replacement complications and management.

  5. Total ankle joint replacement.


    Ankle arthritis results in a stiff and painful ankle and can be a major cause of disability. For people with end-stage ankle arthritis, arthrodesis (ankle fusion) is effective at reducing pain in the shorter term, but results in a fixed joint, and over time the loss of mobility places stress on other joints in the foot that may lead to arthritis, pain and dysfunction. Another option is to perform a total ankle joint replacement, with the aim of giving the patient a mobile and pain-free ankle. In this article we review the efficacy of this procedure, including how it compares to ankle arthrodesis, and consider the indications and complications.

  6. Effect of Simvastatin on Fracture Healing in Osteoporotic Rats%辛伐他汀对大鼠骨质疏松性骨折愈合的影响

    田发明; 张柳; 骆阳; 宋亚琪; 杨方


    目的 观察骨质疏松对大鼠骨折愈合的影响及辛伐他汀对骨质疏松性骨折愈合的作用.方法 12周龄雌性Sprague-Dawley大鼠40只随机分成5组,每组8只:假手术组(A);卵巢切除组(B);正常骨折组(C);骨质疏松性骨折组(D);骨质疏松性骨折+辛伐他汀组(E).除A、C组外,其余各组大鼠行双侧卵巢切除术,C、D、E组于卵巢切除术4周后制作右股骨中段骨折模型;E组给予辛伐他汀灌胃干预(20 mg·kg-1·d-1),C、D组给等量生理盐水.A、B组于术后4周处死,测量右股骨骨密度;其余3组于骨折后6周处死,完整取出右侧股骨,行CR摄片并评分、骨密度测定、HE染色并镜下组织学观察.结果 ①卵巢切除后4周,B组骨密度(BMD)显著低于A组(P<0.05);②各骨折组右股骨骨密度:D、E组tBMD、mBMD和dBMD均显著低于C组(P<0.05),E组各段骨密度均高于D组,但差异无统计学意义(P>0.05);③CR摄片:D组与E组整体愈合情况较C组差,多数标本骨折线清晰,X线评分均显著低于C组,E组高于D组,但差别无统计学意义;④组织学观察:C组大鼠骨痂组织更为成熟,可见板层骨形成,D组、E组软骨成分比例明显较高,均未见板层骨形成.结论 骨质疏松大鼠骨折愈合较正常延迟,辛伐他汀可部分阻止去卵巢大鼠骨量丢失并表现出一定的促进骨折愈合的作用趋势,但效果并不显著.%OBJECTIVE To verify the delayed process of fracture healing in osteoporosis rats, as well as to investigate the effect of simvastatin on osteoprotic fracture healing. METHODS Fouty 12-week old female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into 5 groups with 8 animals in each group. All rats except those in group A and C rats received bilateral ovariectomy. The rats in group A received sham operation. The rats in group C, D and E underwent an operation 4 weeks after ovariectomy to establish the midshaft femur fracture model all fractured rats were

  7. Experience in surgical treatment of patients with grade Ⅳ pronation - external rotation ankle fractures.%Ⅳ度旋前外旋型踝关节骨折的手术治疗体会

    李海龙; 张斌; 陈刚


    Objective To evaluate the method and clinical effect of surgical treatment in patients with grade Ⅳ pronation - external rotation ankle fractures. Methods The clinical data of thirty - five cases of grade Ⅳ pronation - external rotation ankle fractures were retrospectively analysed. They were treated by open reduction and internal fixation from January 2006 to December 2009. The reduction and internal fixation were started from posterior malleolus, then lateral and medial malleoli and distal tibiofibular syndesmosis in sequence was carried out. Results After follow -up for 6 to 24 months ( 18 months on average ), all cases had osseous union after 12 weeks on average. The rates of clinical effectiveness were excellent in 31, good in 3, fair in 1 and no case with poor result respectively and total excellent and good rates reached 97.1%. However,joint motion had been restricted in one case associated with obvious symptom of pain at long distance walk. Conclusion The best clinical effect can be obtained by open reduction and internal fixation, and it may ensure anatomical joint restoration and union for grade Ⅳ pronation - external rotation ankle fractures, thus it may achieve most satisfactory kinematics of ankle joint.%目的 探讨Ⅳ度旋前外旋型踝关节骨折的手术治疗方法及临床效果.方法 回顾分析自2006年1月至2009年12月采用手术治疗的Ⅳ度旋前外旋型踝关节骨折35例.Ⅳ度旋前外旋型踝关节骨折则采用改良的腓骨后外侧弧形联合切口,按后踝-外踝-内踝-下胫腓联合顺序进行复位固定.结果 所有患者随访6~24个月,平均18个月,平均骨性愈合时间12周,根据Baird-Jackson系统评分:优31例,良3例,可1例,差0例,优良率97.1%.本组1例踝关节活动轻度受限,长距离行走时出现疼痛症状.结论 通过切开复位内固定可使Ⅳ度旋前外旋型踝关节骨折的踝关节恢复正常解剖关系,最大限度恢复踝关节功能,获得最佳临床效果.

  8. 胫骨骨折不愈合28例临床分析%Analyses of 28 tibia fracture cases not healed



    目的:通过对28例胫骨骨折不愈合患者的临床治疗研究,分析造成其不愈合的原因。方法:收集我院自2005年6月至2013年5月8年间所收治的胫骨骨折不愈合患者28例,其中,男性16例,女性12例,年龄从12岁到73岁,平均38.7岁。交通事故所致17例,重物砸伤所致6例,摔伤所致4例,被别人打伤1例。闭合性骨折9例,开放性骨折19例。患者从首次治疗出院到再次入院时间在0.6—2年,均进行2次手术治疗,术后随访,并根据其症状、体征及影像学资料进行评估分析。结果:术后随访3-24个月,平均14个月,患者切口愈合良好,无感染,无皮肤坏死。全部患者未见骨不愈合、感染、畸形及再骨折发生。结论:胫骨骨折不愈合可以有胫骨本身解剖及生理特点,外伤程度及部位,手术治疗及术后功能锻炼等几个方面原因。%Objective:Through the clinic analyses of 20 cases of tibia fracture, found the reasons which caused the tibia fracture not healed Method:From Jane 2005 to May 2013, In the 8 Months, 28 cases with tibia fracture not healed were col ected. Including 16 males and 12 females , with an average of 38.7 years old .(range,12 to 73 years old).17 cases were caused by the traffic accident ,6 cases were caused by heavy parts ,4 cases were caused by fal damage,1 case was caused by a fight;9 closed fractures ,19 open fractures .It was about 0.6-2 years from the time that the patients left hospital after first treated to the time that the patients returned .Through the second operations, al the patients was fol owed up, According to the symptoms、signs and images, we carried a evaluate and analyses .Result:Al the cases were fol owed up for an average of 14 months (range, 3 to 24 months). The fractures of al the cases were recovered .There were no complications such as infection of wound , skin necrosis , yet infection of bone didn't healed, deformity and broken

  9. Treatment of unilateral composite external fixator for fracture-dislocation of ankle joint with soft tissue defect%单侧组合式外固定架治疗踝关节骨折脱位并软组织缺损

    吴浩俊; 陈航; 陈光华


    Objective To evaluate the outcome of unilateral composite external fixator for the treatment of fracture-dislocation of ankle joint with soft tissue defect. Methods From July 2008 to July 2012, 15 patients suffered from fracture-dislocation of ankle joint with soft tissue defect were treated in the Affiliated Hospital of Guangdong Medical College. All patients received emergency surgery of debridement and external fixation with unilateral composite external fixator after admission, and the open wound achieved two-stage repair. X-ray were taken for follow-up after the surgery, and at the last follow-up, function of ankle joint was evaluated by American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) scoring. Results The average operative time was (79 ± 24) min (40-120 min). There were stamp skin grafting in 13 cases and flap transplantation in 2 cases, and skin graft survived in all patients. The average wound healing time was(23 ± 7)d ( 17-42 d), and the average follow-up was (20 ± 6) months (12-36 months). No necrosis of skin, osteomyelitis, pin loosening or external fixation failure occurred. There were only 3 patients of mild infection of pin site or Kirschner wire who were cured shortly after symptomatic therapy. The average bone union time was (8.2 ± 1.8) months (5-11 months). According to AOFAS scoring, there were excellent in 9 cases, good in 4 cases and fair in 2 cases at the last follow-up. Conclusion For fracture-dislocation of ankle joint with soft tissue defect, unilateral composite external fixator allows for transarticular fixation, rapid wound repair, as well as early weight-bearing and functional excise..%目的:探讨单侧组合式外固定架治疗踝关节骨折脱位并软组织缺损的疗效。方法回顾性分析2008年7月至2012年7月广东医学院附属医院收治的15例踝关节骨折脱位并软组织缺损患者的临床资料。入院行急诊清创、单侧组合式外固定架固定,创面二期修复,术后定期复

  10. Double Threaded Screw Fixation for Bilateral Stress Fracture of the Medial Malleolus

    Ryo Kanto


    Full Text Available An 18-year-old college basketball player presented with continued ankle pain. A radiographic examination showed bilateral medial malleolus stress fractures. Considering the prolonged history and refractory nature of this injury, surgery was adopted as a treatment option. At surgery, the fracture site was percutaneously fixed using two cannulated double threaded screws. Surgery for each side was sequentially performed two months apart. Prompt bony healing was attained after surgery, and the patient could return to his previous sports level six months after the first surgery without subsequent recurrence.

  11. Acute paediatric ankle trauma: MRI versus plain radiography

    Lohman, M. [Helsinki Univ. Central Hospital (Finland). Dept. of Radiology; Radiological Dept., Helsinki University Central Hospital (Finland); Kivisaari, A.; Kivisaari, L. [Helsinki Univ. Central Hospital (Finland). Dept. of Radiology; Kallio, P.; Puntila, J. [Dept. of Paediatric Surgery, Hospital for Children and Adolescents, Helsinki Univ. Central Hospital, Helsinki (Finland); Vehmas, T. [Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki (Finland)


    Objective: To evaluate the diagnosis of acute physeal ankle fractures on plain radiographs using MRI as the gold standard. Methods: Sixty consecutive children, 29 with a clinical diagnosis of lateral ligament injury and 31 with physeal ankle fractures, were examined using both radiographs and MRI in the acute period. The imaging data were reviewed by three ''masked'' radiologists. The fracture diagnosis and Slater-Harris classification of radiographs were compared with findings on MRI. Results: Plain radiography produced five of 28 (18%) false negative and 12 of 92 (13%) false positive fracture diagnoses compared with MRI. Six of the 12 false positive fractures were due to a misclassification of lateral ligament disruption as SH1 fractures. Altogether a difference was found in 21% of cases in either the diagnosis or the classification of the fractures according to Salter- Harris. All bone bruises in the distal tibia and fibula and 64% of bone bruises in the talus were seen in association with lateral ligament injuries. Talar bone bruises in association with fractures occurred on the same side as the malleolar fracture; talar bone bruises in association with lateral ligament disruption were seen in different locations. The errors identified on radiographs by MRI did not affect the management of the injury. Conclusions: The incidence of false negative ankle fractures in plain radiographs was small and no complex ankle fractures were missed on radiographs. The total extent of complex fractures was, however, not always obvious on radiographs. In an unselected series of relatively mild ankle injuries, we were unable to show a single case where the treatment or prognosis based on plain radiography should have been significantly altered after having done a routine MRI examination. Plain radiography is still the diagnostic cornerstone of paediatric ankle injuries. (orig.)

  12. 胫骨下1/3螺旋骨折合并后踝骨折28例临床分析%The clinical study on 28 cases of patients with spiral fractures under the third of tibia combined with retral ankle fractures



    Objective To explore the clinical characteristics and diagnosis,treatment measure of spiral fractures under the third of tibia combined with retral ankle fractures in 28 cases.Methods 28 cases with spiral fractures under the third of tibia combined with retral ankle fractures were analyzed retraspectively.Results Follow-up for a year later showed,4 cases happened osteoarthritis,smoothly recovery rate was 85.7%.Conclusion It should expand diagnostic scope of X-ray at early stage,and give careful observation during treatment,for the aim of discovering disease in time.%目的 探讨胫骨下1/3螺旋骨折合并后踝骨折28例患者的临床特点和诊治方法.方法 回顾性分析28例胫骨下1/3螺旋骨折合并后踝骨折患者的临床资料.结果 术后1年随访,24例(85.7%)患者均顺利康复,4例患者并发骨性关节炎.结论 胫骨下1/3螺旋形骨折合并后踝骨折在早期X线检查中适当扩大检查范围,在治疗过程中仔细观察,及早发现病情.

  13. Parathyroid hormone and bone healing

    Ellegaard, M; Jørgensen, N R; Schwarz, P


    , no pharmacological treatments are available. There is therefore an unmet need for medications that can stimulate bone healing. Parathyroid hormone (PTH) is the first bone anabolic drug approved for the treatment of osteoporosis, and intriguingly a number of animal studies suggest that PTH could be beneficial...... in the treatment of fractures and could thus be a potentially new treatment option for induction of fracture healing in humans. Furthermore, fractures in animals with experimental conditions of impaired healing such as aging, estrogen withdrawal, and malnutrition can heal in an expedited manner after PTH treatment...

  14. Effects of long-term immobilization and recovery on human triceps surae and collagen turnover in the Achilles tendon in patients with healing ankle fracture

    Christensen, Britt; Dyrberg, Eva; Aagaard, Per;


    or remobilization. Local collagen turnover was measured as the peritendinous concentrations of NH2-terminal propeptide of type I collagen (PINP) and COOH-terminal telopeptide region of type I collagen (ICTP), markers thought to be indexes of type I collagen synthesis and degradation, respectively. Both markers were...

  15. Alveolar process fractures in the permanent dentition. Part 2. The risk of healing complications in teeth involved in an alveolar process fracture

    Lauridsen, Eva; Gerds, Thomas; Andreasen, Jens Ove


    for PN (age, fracture in relation to apex, displacement, gingival injury, degree of repositioning, type of splint, duration of splinting, treatment delay, and antibiotics) were analyzed for mature teeth using Cox regression. The level of significance was 5%. RESULTS: Immature: No severe complications (PN.......3-3.5), P = 0.003), and age >30 years (HR: 2.3 (95% CI: 1.1-4.6), P = 0.02). The type of splint (rigid or flexible), the duration of splinting (more or less than 4 weeks), and the administration of antibiotics did not affect the risk of PN. CONCLUSION: Teeth involved in alveolar process fractures appear......AIM: To analyze the risk of pulp canal obliteration (PCO), pulp necrosis (PN), repair-related resorption (RRR), infection-related resorption (IRR), ankylosis-related resorption (ARR), marginal bone loss (MBL), and tooth loss (TL) for teeth involved in an alveolar process fracture and to identify...

  16. The potential role of original fracture hematoma in fracture healing%骨折愈合过程中原始骨折血肿的潜在作用

    林梁; 唐亚辉; 吾路汗; 谢增如


    BACKGROUND:In closed fractures, the initial hematoma that is inclined to remove is seldom considered as the important reasons for bone healing. OBJECTIVE:To observe the mechanism and potential role of original fracture hematoma in fracture healing. METHODS:Ninety-six patients with closed fractures of the long bones undergoing open reduction and internal fixation were randomly divided into experimental group (n=48) and control group (n=48). In the experimental group, original fracture hematoma, 1.0-2.0 mL, was first taken out during the internal fixation and placed into a special sterile plastic bag; then, 3-4 pieces of hematomas were filed into the fracture site and sutured layer by layer. On the contrary, original fracture hematomas from the control group were discarded. Blood samples were extracted to detect the biochemical indicators at 1 month after internal fixation. X-ray examination was done at 1, 3, 6 months after internal fixation for observation of fracture healing. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: X-ray films showed that the healing rate at 3 months after operation was 95% in the experimental group and 78% in the control group, and there was a significant difference between the two groups (P < 0.05). Levels of bone glaprotein, I-type precolagen carboxy terminus peptide and serum bone alkaline phosphatase were significantly higher in the experimental group than the control group (P < 0.01 orP < 0.05). These findings indicate that the original fracture hematoma can accelerate calus formation, promote bone induction, provide nutrition to the fracture site, and participate in revascularization. Therefore, the original fracture hematomas is one of the effectively therapeutic methods for union and nonunion of fractures.%背景:临床实践中闭合性骨折内固定过程中,骨折原始血肿很少视为骨折愈合的重要因素,常被有意清除,非常可惜。目的:对比分析骨折血肿在骨折愈合过程中所发挥的机制及作用。方

  17. Distal tibial fracture treated by minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis after external fixation Retrospective clinical and radiographic assessment

    Al. Șerban


    Full Text Available Fractures of the horizontal surface of the distal tibia are known commonly as pylon or plafond fractures, and represent 1-5% of lower extremity fractures, 7-10% of all tibial fractures. The protocol consisted of immediate (within eight to 24 hours open reduction and internal fixation of the fibula, using a fibular plate or one third tubular plate and application of an external fixator spanning the ankle joint. In the second stage, the treatment of proximal and distal tibial fractures with close reduction and MIPPO technique can preserve soft tissue, simplify operative procedure and decrease wound, obtain rigid internal fixation and guarantee early function exercises of ankle joint. In this study we evaluated 22 patients treated in Clinical Emergency Hospital Constanta between April 2012 - July 2013 diagnosed with multifragmentary fractures of the distal tibia. This study evaluates the treatment of complex fractures of distal tibia with locked plate after external fixation. There were 17 males and 5 females of mean age 51,7 years (31-68. The mean follow-up period was 14 weeks. (Ranging from 9-16 weeks. All patients were fully weight bearing at 16 weeks (ranging 9-16 weeks showing radiological union. There were no cases of failures of fixation, or rotational misalignment. No significant complication was observed in our patients. MIPO is an effective method of treatment for distal tibial fractures, reduce surgical trauma and maintain a more biologically favorable environment for fracture healing, reducing risks of infection and nonunion.

  18. Ankle fusion with a retrograde locked intramedullary nail for sequela of lower extremity compartment syndrome

    WANG Xu; MA Xin; ZHANG Chao; HUANG Jia-zhang; GU Xiang-jie; JIANG Jian-yuan


    Objective: To assess the value of ankle fusion with a retrograde locked intramedullary nail in the treatment of sequela of lower extremity compartment syndrome.Methods:Thirty-five cases of equinus deformity following tibiofibular compartment syndrome treated by means of ankle fusion with a retrograde locked intramedullary nail from January 2001 to December 2010 were retrospectively reviewed.The complications,the time needed for bony fusion of the ankle joint assessed by anteroposterior and lateral X-ray photographs as well as patients' subjective evaluation were recorded and analysed.Results: Among the 35 patients,15 had previously undergone surgical treatment twice on the same limb,13 had thrice and 7 had to be operated on four times before ankle fusion.An anterior midpoint approach to the ankle joint was adopted in 29 cases,while anterior midpoint approach plus a small incision on the posterior ankle joint was made in 17 cases,whereas lateral approach in 6 cases.Tarsus joint fusion was performed on 4 cases.The follow-up period ranged 6-124 months,averaged 40.6 months.Bone grafting was not performed in this series.Preoperative tibial shaft fracture occurred in one patient and was healed after conservative treatment.Incision dehiscence located at previous Achilles tendon incision was found in two patients.As a result,one received an intramedullary nail emplacement at calcaneoplantar part while the wound at anterosuperior part of the other one was healed by dressing change.Two patients failed to bony union 5 months postoperatively,in which one healed 10 weeks after retrieval of proximal tibial nail and another by iliac grafting.Terminal necrosis of the toe due to blood supply dysfunction was not found in this series.All the patients were satisfied with the ankle joint function postoperatively.The time for bony union on X-rays was 9.8 weeks on average.Except for one patient who demanded removal of intramedullary nail,all the intramedullary nails were not retrieved at

  19. Influence of distal tibiofibular synostosis on ankle function

    HOU Zhen-hai; ZHOU Ji-hong; YE Hong; SHI Jian-guo; ZHENG Long-bao; YAO Jun; NI Zhi-ming


    Objective: To study the influence distal tibiofibular synostosis on ankle function.Methods: From October 1998 to October 2004,a total of 281 consecutive patients underwent operations because of ankle fractures or distal fractures of the tibia and fibula.Distal tibiofibular synostosis occurred after operation in 8 Patients.The duration of follow-up averaged 20.6 months (14-44 months).The ankle function was assessed on the basis of functional rating system described by Mazur.1Results: According to Mazur's ankle evaluation system,4 patients achieved an excellent result,2 a good result and 2 a fair result.The dorsiflexion of the synostosis ankle reduced by 8.26 degrees as compared with that of the contralateral ankle.and there was little influence on the plantar flexion.All the Patients had a normal gait.Conclusion: The distal tibiofibular synostosis after the operation of ankle fractures or distal fractures of the tibia and fibula usually gives rise to few symptoms and needs no specific treatment.

  20. Rectal prolapse associated with a healed pelvic fracture in a pregnant free-ranging African black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis. Part 2 : surgery and necropsy : case report

    A. Olivier


    Full Text Available The oedematous and traumatised protruding section of the rectal tissue of an adult free-ranging female African black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis was surgically amputated. Immediately before completion of surgery, the rhinoceros died of anaesthetic-related cardiac arrest. At necropsy a deformed pelvis and sacrum associated with a healed fracture of the left ileal wing were noted. New bone formation in and around the left ventral sacral foramina may have resulted in neuropathy of particularly the 3rd and 4th left ventral sacral nerves, which (in the horse supply the majority of the nerve fibres innervating the caudal rectum and anus. The cause of the injury is not known, although back injuries, presumably sustained during mating by bulls, have been recorded in white rhinoceros. An encounter with elephants could also have been responsible for the injury in this case.

  1. Assessment of Ankle Injuries

    Mai, Nicholas; Cooper, Leslie


    School nurses are faced with the challenge of identifying and treating ankle injuries in the school setting. There is little information guiding the assessment and treatment of these children when an injury occurs. It is essential for school nurses to understand ankle anatomy, pathophysiology of the acute ankle injury, general and orthopedic…

  2. Radiographic Evaluation of the Ankle Mortise

    Hamid Mirbagheri


    Full Text Available The ankle joint is the most frequently injured joint in adults. Decisions on management are usually based on clinical examination and interpretation of the x-rays. Stability of the ankle mortise relies on the configuration of the osseous structures and the ligaments. A basic radiographic examination consists of a mortise-view and a lateral view. Some add the AP-view. The Mortise view is an AP-view with 15-25 degrees endorotation of the foot. "nThe view clearly demonstrates both lateral and medial joint spaces. On a true AP-view the talus overlaps a portion of the lateral malleolus obscuring the lateral aspect of the ankle joint. However, the AP-view will give you an extra view on both malleoli from a different angle. The lateral radiograph of the ankle should include the base of the fifth metatarsal because of the frequency of fractures at this side that clinically mimic a fracture of the ankle.

  3. Early changes of fracture healing on MRI%骨折愈合早期磁共振成像的实验研究

    殷耀斌; 张力丹; 腾星; 程晓光; 王满宜


    Objective To observe MRI presentations of fracture healing process in the early stage.Methods Six New Zealand rabbits were used in the experiment. A union model of long oblique fracture of 1 mm in bone defect and 10 mm in vertical length was created on the right radius. A model of 10 mm bone defect was created on the left radius. X-ray and MRI examinations were performed in 1 w, 2 w, 4 w, 6 w, 8 w, 12 wafter the surgery and CT examination was performed in 4 w, 12 w after the surgery. The imaging presentations at the fracture sites were observed on T1, T2, FS-T2, PD, FS-PD sequences. Results The soft tissue around the fracture site presented high signals on T2, FS-T2, PD, FS-PD sequences in the early stage of fracture healing. The signals decreased as time went on, but turned intermediate at 6 w after surgery. The signals of bone marrow turned from high to intermediate on T1, T2 and PD sequences early after the surgery,but turned high again with the healing of medullary cavity. On FS-T2 and FS-PD sequences, bone marrow presented intermediate signals mixed with high signals, but the high signals subsided as time went by. Early changes of callus formation could be observed by MRI. Callus formation at the site of fracture showed intermediate signals in FS-T2 and FS-PD images obtained at 2 w after the surgery in the fracture union model. The changes above could not be observed in the bone defect model. Conclusions Callus formation may be predicted earlier by MRI than by X ray, especially on FS-T2 and FS-PD sequences. The MRI presentations of early fracture healing are to be confirmed by pathological examinations.%目的 探讨骨折愈合过程中磁共振成像(MRI)的表现及变化规律.方法 6只新西兰白兔右侧桡骨中段制造垂直长度为10 mm、断端间隙为1 mm的长斜形骨折愈合模型.左侧桡骨中段制造10 mm骨质缺损模型.于术后1、2、4、6、8、12周对动物模型行X线及MRI扫描,于术后4 周及12周行螺旋CT扫描,

  4. Total ankle replacement for posttraumatic arthritis

    Weme, Rebecca A Nieuwe; van Solinge, Guido; N Doornberg, Job; Sierevelt, Inger; Haverkamp, Daniël; Doets, H Cornelis


    Background and purpose Most studies on total ankle replacement (TAR) have used a case mix of patients. We evaluated the outcome of TAR performed for end-stage arthritis either because of fracture or ligamentous injury. Patients and methods We prospectively followed 88 consecutive patients (50 postfracture ankles and 40 ankles with instability arthritis (2 bilateral)) who underwent TAR between 2001 and 2009. Mean follow-up for both groups was 5 years. Results Preoperative varus deformity of 10° or more was present in 23 ankles in the instability group. At 6 years, survival with revision or salvage fusion as an endpoint was 87% (95% CI: 74–99) in the postfracture group and 79% (95% CI: 63–94) in the instability group. Progressive periprosthetic osteolysis was seen in 23 ankles, and required salvage fusion in 6. The number of reoperations was similar in both groups. Clinical outcome, as assessed with 2 ankle scores and 2 questionnaires, showed good results and was similar at the latest follow-up. Interpretation The outcome was similar in the postfracture and instability groups and also similar to that reported in series including a case mix of patients. In contrast to earlier reports, preoperative frontal plane deformity in this series was not identified as a risk factor for failure. PMID:25772269

  5. Local transplantation of ex vivo expanded bone marrow-derived CD34-positive cells accelerates fracture healing.

    Kawakami, Yohei; Ii, Masaaki; Alev, Cantas; Kawamoto, Atsuhiko; Matsumoto, Tomoyuki; Kuroda, Ryosuke; Shoji, Taro; Fukui, Tomoaki; Masuda, Haruchika; Akimaru, Hiroshi; Mifune, Yutaka; Kuroda, Tomoya; Horii, Miki; Yokoyama, Ayumi; Kurosaka, Masahiro; Asahara, Takayuki


    Transplantation of bone marrow (BM) CD34(+) cells, an endothelial/hematopoietic progenitor-enriched cell population, has shown therapeutic efficiency in the treatment of ischemic diseases enhancing neovascularization. However, the number of CD34(+) cells obtained from bone marrow is not sufficient for routine clinical application. To overcome this issue, we developed a more efficient and clinically applicable CD34(+) cell expansion method. Seven-day ex vivo expansion culture of BM CD34(+) cells with a cocktail of five growth factors containing VEGF, SCF, IL-6, Flt-3 ligand, and TPO resulted in reproducible more than 20-fold increase in cell number. The favorable effect of the local transplantation of culture expanded (cEx)-BM CD34(+) cells on rat unhealing fractures was equivalent or higher than that of nonexpanded (fresh) BM CD34(+) cells exhibiting sufficient therapeutic outcome with frequent vasculogenic/osteogenic differentiation of transplanted cEx-BM CD34(+) cells and fresh BM CD34(+) cells as well as intrinsic enhancement of angiogenesis/osteogenesis at the treated fracture sites. Specifically, cEx-BM CD34(+) cell treatment demonstrated the best blood flow recovery at fracture sites compared with the nonexpanded BM CD34(+) cells. In vitro, cEx-BM CD34(+) cells showed higher colony/tube-forming capacity than nonexpanded BM CD34(+) cells. Both cells demonstrated differentiation potential into osteoblasts. Since fresh BM CD34(+) cells can be easily collected from fracture sites at the time of primary operation and stored for future use, autologous cEx-BM CD34(+) cell transplantation would be not only a simple but also a promising therapeutic strategy for unhealing fractures in the field of orthopedic trauma surgery.

  6. Multi-factors analysis on the healing of open fracture of tibia and fibula%影响胫腓骨开放性骨折愈合的多因素分析

    赵国平; 苏伟; 赵劲民; 唐建东; 秦汉兴


    [Objective] To discuss the main factors affecting the healing of open fracture of tibia and fibula. [ Method ] Retrospective analysis of our hospital from May 2005 to February 201031 cases of treated open fractures of tibia and fibula information were gathered. Univariate logistic regression analysis were used including patients age,sex,cause of injury,associated injuries, fractures of other limbs,fracture type,the time from injury to debridement,fixation,the timing of the soft tissue closure, and the application of VSD etc. Above 10 factors were analyzed on the relationship to the healing rate. The binary logistic regression analysis of multiple factors was carried out. [ Result ] Univariate logistic regression revealed that causes of injury, fracture type, the time from injury to debridement, and the timing of the soft tissue closure were correlated with the healing rate of open fracture of tibia and fibula. Logistic regression analysis of multiple factors revealed that causes of injury, fracture type and the timing of the soft tissue closure were associated independently with the healing of open fracture of tibia and fibula, while the other factors were not statistically significant. [ Conclusion ] High-energy injuries is the risk factor of affecting healing of open fracture of tibia and fibula. There is a connection between the type and severity of fracture to the healing rate of open fractures of tibia and fibula. Early repair of soft tissue does have a benefit in the healing of open fractures of tibia and fibula.%[目的]探讨影响胫腓骨开放性骨折愈合的主要因素.[方法]回顾性分析本院从2005年5月~2010年2月5年间收治的81例胫腓骨开放性骨折的病历资料.采用单因素分析患者年龄、性别、致伤原因、合并伤、骨折肢别、骨折分型、从受伤至开始清创的时间、固定方式、软组织修复时机、VSD的应用等10项因素与骨折愈合率的关系,对以上有意义的因素进行二

  7. Bilateral distal fibula fractures in a woman on long-term bisphosphonate therapy.

    Murray, J C; Audet, M C; Bédard, M; Michou, L


    We report the case of a 53-year-old female, treated by bisphosphonate for 12 years, who presented atraumatic fractures of both fibulas. Her X-rays showed bilateral distal fibula fractures with radiological features similar to atypical femur fractures. The distal fibula should be considered as a potential site for stress fractures in bisphosphonate users. Bisphosphonates are the most widely used drugs in the treatment of osteoporosis. During the last decade, the occurrence of atypical fractures, mostly subtrochanteric and diaphyseal femoral fractures, has been acknowledged in patients with long-term use of bisphosphonates. We report the case of a 53-year-old female on alendronate therapy for the past 12 years who presented with a few months history of atraumatic right, and subsequently left, lateral ankle pain. Her X-rays showed bilateral distal fibula fractures with radiological features similar to atypical femur fractures. She had been treated conservatively with walking boots and her treatment with bisphosphonate had been stopped 5 months prior to the fractures. Callus was progressively seen on serial follow-up X-rays, and both fractures healed completely within a reasonable period of 1 year. Investigations did not reveal any secondary causes of osteoporosis or metabolic bone disorders. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of bilateral distal fibula fractures in a patient on long-term bisphosphonate therapy.

  8. Foot and Ankle Injuries in American Football.

    Hsu, Andrew R; Anderson, Robert B

    Physicians need to be aware of a variety of foot and ankle injuries that commonly occur in American football, including turf toe, Jones fractures, Lisfranc injuries, syndesmotic and deltoid disruption, and Achilles ruptures. These injuries are often complex and require early individual tailoring of treatment and rehabilitation protocols. Successful management and return to play requires early diagnosis, a thorough work-up, and prompt surgical intervention when warranted with meticulous attention to restoration of normal foot and ankle anatomy. Physicians should have a high suspicion for subtle injuries and variants that can occur via both contact and noncontact mechanisms.

  9. Development of an Injectable Salmon Fibrinogen-Thrombin Matrix to Enhance Healing of Compound Fractures of Extremities


    protein for tooth enamel . Teeth and bones are related structures but have distinct components and cellular components Surgical results- animal...A fibrin adhesive seal for the repair of osteochondral fracture fragments. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 1984(182): p. 258-63. 33. Kim, S.S. and B.S. Kim...needle, and held in place while the needle was 158 retracted. The catheter was secured in place using tissue adhesive and transparent adhesive 159

  10. Posterior malleolar fracture: technique and clinical ex-perience of the posterolateral approach

    HUANG Ruo-kun


    Full Text Available 【Abstract】Objective: To introduce the postero-lateral surgical approach to the posterior malleolar fracture and report its clinical outcomes in 32 cases. Methods: This study consisted of 32 cases, 22 males and 10 females with the mean age of 48 years (range, 21-63 years, suffering from posterior malleolar fracture. All cases were treated with the posterolateral surgical approach to the ankle. The average follow-up period was 28 months (range, 24-35 months. The clinical outcomes of these cases were evaluated on the basis of the Olerud-Molander Ankle (OMA score and plain radiographs. Results: All cases showed radiological evidence of bony union at follow-up. The average OMA score was 82 points; 21 cases had excellent scores (90-100 points, 9 good (61-90 points, and 2 fair (31-60 points. The excellent-to-good rate was 93.8%. Although most cases did not show any wound dehiscence or necrosis, one patient had a su-perficial infection which healed after using antibiotic dress-ing and one had sural cutaneous nerve injury that under-went spontaneous remission without any treatment after three months. In addition, one presented with mild symp-toms of peroneal tendonitis that disappeared after plate removal. Conclusion: The posterolateral approach offers an effective technique for fracture reduction and fixation of large posterior malleolar fragments. Key words: Ankle injuries; Dislocations; Fracture fixation, internal

  11. Management of Open Lower Extremity Wounds With Concomitant Fracture Using a Porcine Urinary Bladder Matrix.

    Kraemer, Bruce A; Geiger, Scott E; Deigni, Oliver A; Watson, John Tracy


    Open wounds of the distal third of the leg and foot with exposed bone, fractures, and hardware are challenging wounds for which to achieve stable coverage. The orthopedic advances in lower extremity fracture management over the last 30 years have allowed a rethinking of the standard operative approach to close these complex wounds. The ability of extracellular matrix (ECM) products to facilitate constructive remodeling of a wound seemed a reasonable approach for treatment, especially in patients who are often poor surgical candidates for more advanced reconstructive procedures. The authors reviewed 9 patients with 11 open fractures of the leg, ankle, or foot treated with a newer ECM wound healing device to total closure. The clinical course and patient management are reviewed. The authors conclude that newer ECM products can provide a reasonable method of management for patients who have wounds with exposed hardware, distal leg wounds, and open foot fractures compared to prolonged negative pressure wound therapy or complex reconstructive operative procedures.

  12. One-stage emergency treatment of open grade IIIB tibial shaft fractures with bone loss.

    Tropet, Y; Garbuio, P; Obert, L; Jeunet, L; Elias, B


    The purpose of this study was to report the authors' experience with emergency reconstruction of severe tibial shaft fractures. Five male patients were admitted to the emergency room with a grade IIIB open tibial shaft fracture with bone loss (average age, 33 years; age range, 18-65 years). Injuries were the result of motorcycle accidents (N = 2), pedestrian accidents (N = 1), gunshot wound (N = 1), and paragliding fall (N = 1). Primary emergent one-stage management for all patients consisted of administration of antibiotics, debridement, stabilization by locked intramedullary nailing, bone grafting from the iliac crest, and coverage using free muscle flaps (four latissimus dorsi and one gracilis). The average follow-up was 21 months (range, 8 months-3.5 years). Partial weight bearing with no immobilization was started at 3 months, and full weight bearing began 5 months after trauma. No angular complications and no nonunions were observed. There was one case of superficial infection without osteitis. All fractures healed within 6 months in 4 patients and within 10 months in 1 patient. At the last follow-up examination, ankle and knee motion was normal and no pain was noted, except for 1 patient who had associated lesions (ankle motion reduced by 50%). Aggressive emergency management of severe open tibial fractures provides good results. It improves end results markedly, not only by reducing tissue loss from infection, but also reducing healing and rehabilitation times.

  13. Serum phosphorus levels and the spectrum of ankle-brachial index in older men: the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) study.

    Meng, Jerry; Wassel, Christina L; Kestenbaum, Bryan R; Collins, Tracie C; Criqui, Michael H; Lewis, Cora E; Cummings, Steve R; Ix, Joachim H


    A higher serum phosphorus level is associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) events among community-living populations. Mechanisms are unknown. The ankle-brachial index (ABI) provides information on both atherosclerosis and arterial stiffness. In this cross-sectional study (2000-2002), the authors evaluated the association of serum phosphorus levels with low ( or =1.40 or incompressible) ABI as compared with intermediate ABI in 5,330 older US men, among whom the mean serum phosphorus level was 3.2 mg/dL (standard deviation, 0.4), 6% had a low ABI, and 5% had a high ABI. Each 1-mg/dL increase in serum phosphorus level was associated with a 1.6-fold greater prevalence of low ABI (95% confidence interval (CI): 1.2, 2.1; P < 0.001) and a 1.4-fold greater prevalence of high ABI (95% CI: 1.0, 1.9; P = 0.03) in models adjusted for demographic factors, traditional CVD risk factors, and kidney function. However, the association of phosphorus with high ABI differed by chronic kidney disease (CKD) status (in persons with CKD, prevalence ratio = 2.96, 95% CI: 1.61, 5.45; in persons without CKD, prevalence ratio = 1.14, 95% CI: 0.81, 1.61; interaction P = 0.04). In conclusion, among community-living older men, higher phosphorus levels are associated with low ABI and are also associated with high ABI in persons with CKD. These associations may explain the link between serum phosphorus levels and CVD events.

  14. 螺钉置入内固定修复后踝骨折的适应证%Indications for screw fixation of posterior malleolas fractures

    程渊; 高仕长; 倪卫东; 梁安霖


    BACKGROUND:Posterior maleolar fractures are often accompanied by ankle joint instability,if the stability of ankle joint is not recovered,it is prone to traumatic arthritis of the ankle.However,the indications of internal fixation of posterior maleolar fractures remain controversial.OBJECTIVE:To explore the indications for internal fixation of posterior maleolar fractures by comparing the clinical effects of posterior maleolar fractures treated with internal fixation or not.METHODS:42 patients with maleolar fractures involving posterior ankle were recruited from the First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University from January 2007 to January 2012.According to preoperative CT scans of ankle joint,42 cases were divided into the internal fixation group and the non-fixation group.27 cases in the fixation group had posterior maleolar fractures in more than 10%of the distal tibial articular surface and/or dislocation of the posterior maleolar fractures greater than 2 mm,and were treated with screws.15 cases in the non-fixation group had posterior maleolar fractures in less than 10%of the distal tibial articular surface anddislocation of the posterior maleolar fractures less than 2 mm,and were treated with non-operation.The average healing time of posterior maleolar fractures,postoperative complications,ankle-hindfoot scores of American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society were compared during the folow-up postoperatively.RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:Al of 42 patients with ankle fractures achieved bony union within 6 months.In the fixation group,1 case had postoperative superficial infection of the wounds in the medial ankle and lateral ankle,and the wound got healed completely with anti-infection therapy.One case in each group had postoperative superficial necrosis in the incisional edges,and got healed by dress changing.For the other cases,there was no wound infection,internal fixation loosening,breakage or failure and other adverse events during the folow-ups.Ankle

  15. An unusual cause of pain post ankle arthrodesis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

    Burke, Neil G


    Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which frequently affects the ankle and foot. End stage ankle arthritis from rheumatic disease is commonly managed by the established practice of ankle arthrodesis. Among the adverse sequelae causing pain following this surgery is infection, pseudo-arthrosis and non-union. Stress fracture of the distal third is a recognised but unusual cause of pain of tibia following ankle arthrodesis. The authors\\' present three patients with rheumatoid arthritis who sustained a stress fracture of the distal tibia following arthrodesis, and discuss the contributing factors and highlight the need for orthopaedic surgeons to be suspicious of this complication post surgery.

  16. Bone healing in 2016

    Buza, John A.; Einhorn, Thomas


    Summary Delayed fracture healing and nonunion occurs in up to 5–10% of all fractures, and can present a challenging clinical scenario for the treating physician. Methods for the enhancement of skeletal repair may benefit patients that are at risk of, or have experienced, delayed healing or nonunion. These methods can be categorized into either physical stimulation therapies or biological therapies. Physical stimulation therapies include electrical stimulation, low-intensity pulsed ultrasonography, or extracorporeal shock wave therapy. Biological therapies can be further classified into local or systemic therapy based on the method of delivery. Local methods include autologous bone marrow, autologous bone graft, fibroblast growth factor-2, platelet-rich plasma, platelet-derived growth factor, and bone morphogenetic proteins. Systemic therapies include parathyroid hormone and bisphosphonates. This article reviews the current applications and supporting evidence for the use of these therapies in the enhancement of fracture healing. PMID:27920804

  17. Total ankle arthroplasty in end-stage ankle arthritis

    Demetracopoulos, Constantine A.; Halloran, James P.; Maloof, Paul; Samuel B Adams; Parekh, Selene G.


    Recent advancements in ankle prosthesis design, combined with improved surgical techniques for correction of coronal plane deformity and ligamentous balancing, have led to a resurgence of interest in total ankle arthroplasty for the treatment of end-stage ankle arthritis. Although ankle arthrodesis has long been considered the gold standard treatment for ankle arthritis, recent studies have shown that patients who undergo total ankle replacement have equivalent pain relief and improved functi...

  18. 失神经对大鼠胫骨骨折愈合影响作用的实验研究%Experimental Study of Denervation of Rat Tibial Fracture Healing Effect

    王永红; 汪玉良; 吴卓; 康学文; 康鑫


    目的:通过观察失神经后大鼠胫骨骨折的愈合情况,探讨中枢神经系统影响失神经骨折愈合的作用机制。方法将64只 SD 成熟雌性大鼠随机分为失神经骨折组、单纯骨折组,每组各32只。分别于术后第7、14、21、28天进行 BBB 评分,观察骨折愈合情况,并行左下肢骨折部位 X 线检查、胫骨湿重称量、骨痂体积测量,进行相关统计学分析。结果 BBB 行为学评分提示两组大鼠在术后各时间点具有统计学意义(P <0.05)。通过比较失神经骨折组与单纯骨折组 BBB 评分结果,提示在术后各时间点,失神经骨折组大鼠运动功能恢复速度明显减慢。X 线片提示失神经骨折组大鼠骨折处有大量骨痂生成,且愈合速度明显加快。在术后7天,两组大鼠胫骨湿重称量、骨痂体积测量则无统计学意义(P >0.05),而在术后14至28天,失神经骨折组与单纯骨折组相比,胫骨湿重称量、骨痂体积测量分别具有统计学意义(P <0.05),提示在失神经骨折中晚期会生成过量骨痂。结论中枢神经系统在骨折愈合中起重要的调节作用,完整的神经支配是骨折愈合的必要条件。%Objective By observing the healing after denervation of rat tibial fractures to investigate the mechanism of the central nervous system denervation affect fracture healing.Methods The 64 mature female SD rats were randomly divided into 2 groups including denervation fractures and fracture group,32 in each group.7,14,21 and 28 days after surgery,re-spectively,to assess the BBB score,fracture healing was observed,and in the left lower limb fracture site X-ray examination, tibia wet weighing callus volume measurement,the related statistical analysis was carried.Results The BBB behavioral scores showed two groups of rats at various time points after surgery have statistically significant (P 0.05),and in 14 to 28 days after surgery

  19. Posterior ankle impingement.

    Giannini, Sandro; Buda, Roberto; Mosca, Massimiliano; Parma, Alessandro; Di Caprio, Francesco


    Posterior ankle impingement is a common cause of chronic ankle pain and results from compression of bony or soft tissue structures during ankle plantar flexion. Bony impingement is most commonly related to an os trigonum or prominent trigonal process. Posteromedial soft tissue impingement generally arises from an inversion injury, with compression of the posterior tibiotalar ligament between the medial malleolus and talus. Posterolateral soft tissue impingement is caused by an accessory ligament, the posterior intermalleolar ligament, which spans the posterior ankle between the posterior tibiofibular and posterior talofibular ligaments. Finally, anomalous muscles have also been described as a cause of posterior impingement.

  20. Simultaneous bilateral total ankle replacement using a 3-component prosthesis


    Background and purpose Total ankle replacement is an established surgical procedure in patients with end-stage ankle osteoarthritis. We analyzed complications and medium-term results in patients with simultaneous bilateral total ankle replacement. Patients and methods 10 women and 16 men, mean age 60 (SD 13) years, were followed for a median of 5 (2–10) years. Results There were no intraoperative or perioperative complications, with the exception of 1 patient with prolonged wound healing. Major revision surgery was necessary in 6 of the 52 ankles, including 4 revisions of prosthetic components. The average pain score decreased from 6.9 (4−10) to 1.8 (0−4) points. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society hindfoot score increased from 32 (SD 14) points preoperatively to 74 (SD 12) points postoperatively. The average range of motion increased from 28° (SD 12) preoperatively to 38° (SD 9) postoperatively. All 8 categories of SF-36 score improved. Interpretation Simultaneous bilateral total ankle replacement is a suitable method for restoration of function and attainment of pain relief in patients with bilateral end-stage ankle osteoarthritis. The results of this procedure, including complication rates, revision rates, and functional outcome, are comparable to those reported in patients with unilateral total ankle replacement. PMID:21999622

  1. Can an Ankle-Foot Orthosis Change Hearts and Minds?


    ities. The most common fracture of the lower extremity is to the tibia and fibula . As opposed to prior military From 1Orthopaedic Surgery Service...patients, demonstrates that 26% of patients with extremity wounds have fractures , 82% of which are open, divided evenly between the upper and lower extrem...sustained a severe open ankle fracture and underwent irrigation and debridement with splint immobilization in theater on the day of injury. Thereafter he

  2. Open or closed repositioning of mandibular fractures: is there a difference in healing outcome? A systematic review

    Andreasen, Jens Ove; Storgård Jensen, Simon; Kofod, Thomas


    The clinical outcome of closed vs open reduction and rigid fixation was compared based on a systematic review of the literature. Ten non-randomized retrospective studies were found. In six of these ten studies, the complication rate was significantly increased when open reduction and plating...... or wires. Nerve injuries were slightly increased when open reduction was found (although not significant). With regard to occlusal disturbances, no difference was found in the open and closed reduction group. Concerning overall complication problems, six of seven studies showed more problems after open...... in case of more complicated fractures cannot be excluded, which might explain the differences found between the two procedures. Prospective, randomized clinical trials are needed to illuminate this problem....

  3. Fracture Blisters

    Uebbing, Claire M


    Full Text Available Fracture blisters are a relatively uncommon complication of fractures in locations of the body, such as the ankle, wrist elbow and foot, where skin adheres tightly to bone with little subcutaneous fat cushioning. The blister that results resembles that of a second degree burn.These blisters significantly alter treatment, making it difficult to splint or cast and often overlying ideal surgical incision sites. Review of the literature reveals no consensus on management; however, most authors agree on early treatment prior to blister formation or delay until blister resolution before attempting surgical correction or stabilization. [West J Emerg Med. 2011;12(1;131-133.

  4. 促进跟骨骨折内固定术后切口愈合的护理对策%Nursing Strategy of Promoting Incision Healing After Internal Fixation of Calcaneal Fractures

    吴惠冰; 杜雪莲


    Objective To investigate nursing strategy of promoting incision healing after internal fixation of calcaneal fractures. Methods 121 patients with internal fixation of calcaneal fractures were divided into two groups. 60 cases of control group received routine nursing, while 61 cases of observation group received swelling care, pain care and wound care on the basis of routine nursing. The clinical outcomes were compared. Results Among 61 cases of observation group, there were 56 cases of incision healing within 14 days, 4 cases of poor partial involution (healing after one month of treatment) and one case of unhealed incision (caused by allograft rejection). Among 60 cases of control group, there were 39 cases of incision healing within 14 days, 15 cases of poor partial involution (healed after one month of treatment) and 6 cases of necrosis of local skin of incision (healing at 2 months after treatment). Conclusions Nursing intervention can promote the incision healing of calcaneal fractures surgery.%目的:探讨促进跟骨骨折内固定术后切口愈合的护理对策。方法将121例跟骨骨折内固定手术患者分为观察组及对照组,观察组在常规护理基础上,加强肿胀护理、疼痛护理、伤口护理,对照组予常规护理,比较两组的临床效果。结果观察组61例患者有56例切口14天愈合,4例切口局部对合差,经治疗1月内愈合,1例伤口不愈,为异体骨排斥引起;对照组60例患者有39例切口14天愈合,15例患者切口局部对合差,经治疗1月内愈合,6例患者伤口局部皮肤坏死,术后2个月愈合。结论护理干预可以促进跟骨骨折术后切口的愈合。

  5. The Effects of One Chinese Herbal Medicine on Fracture Healing of Rabbits%一剂复方中药对家兔骨骼愈合的影响

    曲伟杰; 李进军; 王生奎


    The pathways of Chinese herbal medicine in fracture healing are not very well understood. Therefore, the objective of the present study was to evaluate the effects of one compound Chinese herbal medicine on rabbits radius fracture healing using indexes(such as the serum Ca. P, serum ALP, and X-ray of bone fracture). 48 healthy mature rabbits were selected to build standard defect models, and randomly divided into experimental groups and control groups. The control rabbits were given standard diet. Experimental rabbits were fed with standard diet plus Chinese herbal medicine (2. 5 g/kg) every day. The detection was performed on the 2,4,6 and 8 weeks after operation. The results of the study showed that the level of serum Ca, P, the activity of AKP and X-ray appearances for taking Chinese herbal medicine after fracture were significantly higher than that of the control. In conclusion, composite Chinese herbs might shorten the time to union, improve the quality of fracture healing and be beneficial to the fracture healing.%复方中药对骨折愈合的作用机制目前尚不明确,本试验通过观察复方中药对家兔桡骨骨折后血清钙、磷、碱性磷酸酶和X线影像学等指标的影响,分析该中药促骨愈合的效能及其可能作用机理.试验选用48只成年家兔,制成骨缺损标准模型,随机分为试验组和空白对照组,试验组每日在饲料中添加复方中药2.5 g/kg饲喂,对照组给予普通饲料.分别于术后2、4、6、8周进行生化指标和X线影像学检测.试验结果表明,试验组血清钙、血清磷、血清碱性磷酸酶及X线片评分骨折后明显高于对照组.该复方中药能缩短骨折愈合过程所需时间,提高骨折愈合质量,有利于骨折愈合.

  6. 踝关节骨折并下胫腓骨分离手术治疗32例的临床疗效%Operation treatment for ankle fracture complicated with separation of under tibia and fibula in 32 cases



    Objective:To explore the clinical effect of operation treatment for ankle fracture complicated with separation of under tibia and fibula.Methods:32 patients with ankle fracture complicated with separation of under tibia and fibula were selected.They were treated with fixed prosthesis of tibia and fibula and three layers of cortical bone.We analyzed the effect of treatment.Results:In 32 patients after operation,the good recovery rate was 93.8%.Conclusion:The clinical effect of fixed prosthesis of tibia and fibula and three layers of cortical bone for ankle fracture complicated with separation of under tibia and fibula was significant. After surgery,the patient's recovery was good.%目的:探讨踝关节骨折并下胫腓骨分离手术治疗的临床效果。方法:收治踝关节骨折并下胫腓骨分离患者32例,实施胫腓三层皮质骨固定修复术治疗,分析治疗效果。结果:32例患者经手术治疗后,恢复优良率93.8%。结论:对踝关节并下胫腓骨分离患者进行胫腓三层皮质骨固定修复治疗有显著疗效,患者在术后恢复情况良好。

  7. Study of the impact of PDLLA in fracture healing%PDLLA可吸收材料髓内固定对骨折愈合的影响

    凌卓彦; 史高龙; 陈礼; 董启榕


    Objective To compare the different effect of PDLLA absorbable materials and traditional metal fixation products for post-traumatic bone healing and osteogenesis/osteoclast.Methods The project will establish an open osteotomy model of SD rats using traditional metal internal fixation products (Kirschner) and PDLLA absorbable intramedullary rod fixation.We compared the osteoblasts/osteoclasts effects of the two materials by dynamic monitoring of relevant indicators of bone repair in wound healing process.Furthermore, wehaveanalyzed the signaling pathways and transcription factor expression levels of osteoblast/osteoclast differentiation and maturation in healing process.We thoroughly studied the differenceof the cellular and molecular mechanisms in the treatment of traumatic fractures by PDLLA intramedullary rod fixation and traditional metal products.We measured the soluble receptor activateor of nuclear factors-κB ligand (sRANKL), osteoprotegerin (OPG), RANKL, OPG by the enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to evaluate the fracture healing.We compared the osteoblasts/osteoclasts effects of the two materials by X-ray and MicroCT.We observed the protein of Wnt OPG and RANKL by histology method.Compared the expression of mRNA of Wnt OPG and RANKL by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (Real-time PCR).Results At 4 and 6 weeks after surgery, compared to that of metal intramedullary fixation products, after using the PDLLA absorbable material for intramedullary fixation, the growth of trabecula in callus was significantly promoted [4 W: (0.522 ± 0.06) 1/mm;6 W: (0.709 ±0.06) 1/mm];The serum concentrations of sRANKL [4 W: (132.66 ± 2.87) ng/L;6 W: (131.08 ±2.09) ng/L], OPG [4W: (42.68 ± 3.99) ng/L;6 W: (44.88 ± 3.90) ng/L], and the ratio of OPG/sRANKL (4 W:0.34 ±0.06;6W:0.34 ±0.08) were significantly increased;The serum concentrations of TRACP-5b[4 W:(86.48 ±5.11) ng/L;6 W:(90.05 ±5.13) ng/L]was decreased(P <0.05).At 4 and 6 weeks after

  8. Ultrasound stimulation of maxillofacial bone healing

    Schortinghuis, J; Stegenga, B; Raghoebar, GM; de Bont, LGM


    A substantial part of the maxillofacial surgery practice deals with maxillofacial bone healing. In the past decades, low-intensity ultrasound treatment has been shown to reduce the healing time of fresh fractures of the extremities up to 38%, and to heal delayed and non-unions up to 90% and 83%, res

  9. Modified Evans peroneus brevis lateral ankle stabilization for balancing varus ankle contracture during total ankle replacement.

    Roukis, Thomas S


    Lateral ankle instability is frequently encountered when performing total ankle replacement and remains a challenge. In the present techniques report, I have described a modification of the Evans peroneus brevis tendon lateral ankle stabilization harvested through limited incisions using simple topographic anatomic landmarks. The harvested peroneus brevis is then transferred either to the anterior distal tibia concomitantly with total ankle replacement or through the tibia when performed after total ankle replacement and secured with plate and screw fixation. This modified Evans peroneus brevis tendon is useful in providing lateral ankle stability during or after primary and revision total ankle replacement.

  10. Salter-Harris Type III and IV medial malleolar fractures: growth arrest: is it a fate? A retrospective study of 48 cases with open reduction.

    Cottalorda, Jérôme; Béranger, Vincent; Louahem, Djamel; Camilleri, Jean Philippe; Launay, Franck; Diméglio, Alain; Bourelle, Sophie; Jouve, Jean-Luc; Bollini, Gérard


    Salter-Harris type III and IV medial malleolar fractures (MacFarland fracture) is a joint fracture of the ankle in children. The fracture line passes through the medial part of the lower epiphyseal disk of the tibia. Prognosis is dominated by later risk of misalignment and osteoarthritis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the functional and radiological outcome of these fractures. We retrospectively analyzed the cases of 48 children with MacFarland fractures (31 boys and 17 girls), mean age at the time of trauma 11 years 6 months (range, 8-15 years). The fractures were classed into two groups according to the Salter and Harris classification for epiphyseal detachment: Salter III (30 cases) and Salter IV (18 cases). Surgical treatment was given in all cases (46 screw fixations, 2 pin fixations). Three outcome categories were used: good (no pain, no stiffness, no limp, no misalignment, no surgical complication, no healing problem), fair (pain and/or stiffness and/or limp and/or healing problem without misalignment, no surgical complication), and poor (misalignment or surgical complication). Mean follow-up was 3 years and 3 months (24-94 months). Twenty-eight children were skeletally mature at the longest follow-up. The three-month postoperative assessment showed 35 patients with good results and 13 children with fair results. Ankle stiffness was noted in 6 cases, ankle pain in 4 cases, wound healing complications in 4 cases, limp in 1 case, and snapping in 1 case. The long-term outcome was considered good for 45 patients, fair for 2 patients (1 wound adherence and 1 hypertrophic scar tissue), and poor for 1 patient (6-degree varus deformity). We did not note leg-length discrepancy or malunion at the longest follow-up. Our results show that growth arrest after MacFarland fracture is no fate. We used surgery more than is generally reported by other teams, opting for surgery as soon as the displacement was >or=1 mm. Surgical treatment was arthrotomy in all cases to

  11. High Complication Rate With Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasties on a Fracture Table

    Collis, Dennis K.


    Background Recent attention in THA has focused on minimally invasive techniques and their short-term outcomes. Despite much debate over the outcomes and complications of the two-incision and the mini-lateral and mini-posterior approaches, complications arising from use of the anterior THA on a fracture table are not well documented. Questions/purposes We determined the intraoperative and postoperative complications with the anterior approach to THA through an extended single-surgeon patient series. Methods We reviewed 800 primary THAs performed anteriorly with the aid of a fracture table over 5 years and recorded all intraoperative and postoperative complications up to latest followup (average, 1.8 years; range, 0–5 years). Patients with severe acetabular deformity or severe flexion contractures were excluded and those surgeries were performed with a lateral approach during the time period of this study. Results Intraoperative complications included 19 trochanteric fractures, three femoral perforations, one femoral fracture, one acetabular fracture, one bleeding complication, and one case of cardiovascular collapse. There were no ankle fractures. Postoperative complications included seven patients with dislocations; seven with deep infections; one with delayed femur fracture; 37 with wound complications, among which 13 had reoperation for local débridement; 14 with deep venous thrombosis; and two with pulmonary embolism; and 31 other nonfatal medical complications. Conclusions The main intraoperative complications of trochanteric fractures and perforations occurred mostly early in the series, while the main postoperative complications related to wound healing were prevalent throughout the entire series. Despite potential advantages of use of a fracture table, surgeons should be aware of the potential complications of trochanteric fractures, perforations, and wound-healing problems associated with this technique. Level of Evidence Level IV, therapeutic study

  12. Ultrasound of ankle and foot: overuse and sports injuries.

    Khoury, Viviane; Guillin, Raphaël; Dhanju, Jag; Cardinal, Etienne


    Sports and overuse injuries of the ankle and foot are commonly encountered in clinical practice. Ultrasound (US) has been established as an excellent diagnostic modality for foot and ankle injuries, providing a rapid noninvasive, economical, and readily available tool that is well tolerated by the patient with acute or chronic pain. The opportunity for dynamic examination is another advantage of US in evaluating ankle and foot pathology, where maneuvers such as muscle contraction and stressing of the joint may be particularly helpful. In many cases, US can be used as a first-line and only imaging modality for diagnosis. This article focuses on ankle disorders related to sports or overuse that affect tendons, including tendinosis, tenosynovitis, paratendinitis, rupture, dislocation, and ligaments that are commonly torn. The sonographic features of certain common foot disorders related to physical activity and overuse are also discussed, including plantar fasciitis, Morton's neuroma, stress fractures, and plantar plate injury.

  13. Isolated medial foot compartment syndrome after ankle sprain.

    Cortina, Josep; Amat, Carles; Selga, Jordi; Corona, Pablo Salvador


    Foot compartment syndrome is a serious potential complication of foot crush injury, fractures, surgery, and vascular injury. An acute compartment syndrome isolated to the medial compartment of the foot after suffering an ankle sprain is a rare complication. We report the case of a 31-year-old man who developed a medial foot compartment syndrome after suffering a deltoid ligament rupture at ankle while playing football. The patient underwent a medial compartment fasciotomy with resolution of symptoms. Compartment syndromes of the foot are rare and have been reported to occur after severe trauma. But, there are some reports in the literature of acute exertional compartment syndrome. In our case, the compartment syndrome appeared after an ankle sprain without vascular injuries associated. Copyright © 2013 European Foot and Ankle Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. 丹参和内固定对胫骨远端骨折愈合的影响研究%Study on the Effect of Salvia Miltiorrhiza and Internal Fixation on the Healing of Distal Tibial Fractures

    董晓强; 王海涛


    Objective To discuss the effect of different internal fixation treatment combined with Salvia miltiorrhiza for distal tibial fractures and defining the value of Salvia miltiorrhiza for fracture healing.Methods A retrospective analysis of therapeutic efficacy was made in Department of orthopedics of Chenggang Steel Hospital where there were 226 cases of emergency patients with internal fixation of distal tibial fractures according to the use of Salvia miltiorrhiza. They were divided into the Salvia miltiorrhiza group 114 cases (Salvia miltiorrhiza and pressure plate sub group, Salvia miltiorrhiza and LCP group, Salvia miltiorrhiza and intramedullary nail group) and the internal fixation group 112 cases(compression ifxation group, locking compression plate and intramedullary fixation sub group), in 1 week, 2 weeks, 4 weeks and 8 weeks after the treatment, comparison of callus formation, the postoperative hospitalization time and fracture healing made among groups. ResultsAt the same time after 2 weeks, the callus score of Salvia miltiorrhiza group was significantly better than the internal fixation group, and fracture healing time, postoperative hospitalization time were signiifcantly lower than those of the internal fixation group. The indicators of salvia miltiorrhiza and locking compression plate group were better than other groups,P<0.05, so the difference was significant. Conclusion Salvia miltiorrhiza combined with internal ifxation can signiifcantly improve fracture healing, and Salvia miltiorrhiza combined with locking pressurized plate internal fixation can be the best choice of tibial fractures treatment. The treatment effect is remarkable and fast healing.%目的:探讨丹参结合不同内固定方案治疗胫骨远端骨折的效果,明确丹参对于骨折愈合的价值。方法回顾性分析承钢医院骨科226例胫骨远端骨折患者急诊内固定手术的治疗效果,根据丹参使用分为丹参组114例(丹参与加压板亚组、

  15. Total Ankle Replacement for Treatment of End-Stage Osteoarthritis in Elderly Patients

    Hintermann, Beat; Knupp, Markus; Zwicky, Lukas; Barg, Alexej


    End-stage osteoarthritis of the ankle is a disabling problem, particularly in elderly patients who experience an overall loss of mobility and functional impairment and who then need compensatory adaption. Ankle arthrodesis, which has been demonstrated to provide postoperative pain relief and hindfoot stability, leaves the patient with a stiff foot and gait changes. For elderly patient, these changes may be more critical than generally believed. Additionally, the long duration of healing and rehabilitation process needed for ankle arthrodesis may be problematic in the elderly. In contrast to ankle arthrodesis, total ankle replacement has significant advantages including a less strenuous postoperative rehabilitation and preservation of ankle motion which supports physiological gait. Recently, total ankle replacement has evolved as a safe surgical treatment in patients with end-stage ankle osteoarthritis with reliable mid- to long-term results. Total ankle replacement needs less immobilization than arthrodesis and does allow for early weight-bearing and should be considered as a treatment option of first choice in many elderly patients with end-stage osteoarthritis of the ankle, especially in elderly patients with lower expectations and physical demands. PMID:22720158

  16. Total Ankle Replacement for Treatment of End-Stage Osteoarthritis in Elderly Patients

    Beat Hintermann


    Full Text Available End-stage osteoarthritis of the ankle is a disabling problem, particularly in elderly patients who experience an overall loss of mobility and functional impairment and who then need compensatory adaption. Ankle arthrodesis, which has been demonstrated to provide postoperative pain relief and hindfoot stability, leaves the patient with a stiff foot and gait changes. For elderly patient, these changes may be more critical than generally believed. Additionally, the long duration of healing and rehabilitation process needed for ankle arthrodesis may be problematic in the elderly. In contrast to ankle arthrodesis, total ankle replacement has significant advantages including a less strenuous postoperative rehabilitation and preservation of ankle motion which supports physiological gait. Recently, total ankle replacement has evolved as a safe surgical treatment in patients with end-stage ankle osteoarthritis with reliable mid- to long-term results. Total ankle replacement needs less immobilization than arthrodesis and does allow for early weight-bearing and should be considered as a treatment option of first choice in many elderly patients with end-stage osteoarthritis of the ankle, especially in elderly patients with lower expectations and physical demands.

  17. What Is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon?

    ... Foot & Ankle Surgeon? A A A | Print | Share What is a Foot & Ankle Surgeon? Foot and ankle ... of conditions that affect people of every age. What education has a foot and ankle surgeon received? ...

  18. Stresses in the ankle joint and total ankle replacement design.

    Kakkar, Rahul; Siddique, M S


    The ankle is a highly congruent joint with a surface area of 11-13 cm(2). Total ankle replacements have been attempted since the early 1970s and design has continually evolved as the early designs were a failure. This was because the stresses involved and the mutiaxial motion of the ankle has not been understood until recently. It has been shown that the talus slides as well as rolls during the ankle arc of motion from plantarflexion to dorsiflexion. Furthermore, the articular surfaces and the calcaneofibular and tibiocalcaneal ligaments have been shown to form a four bar linkage dictating ankle motion. A new design ankle replacement has been suggested recently which allows multiaxial motion at the ankle while maintaining congruency throughout the arc of motion. The early results of this ankle replacement have been encouraging without any reported failures due to mechanical loosening.

  19. Radiographic evaluation of foot and ankle injuries in the athlete.

    Rettig, A C; Shelbourne, K D; Beltz, H F; Robertson, D W; Arfken, P


    Injuries of the ankle and foot in athletes are quite common. They range from the extremely simple sprain to the difficult stress fracture, and may result in long-term disability. In all cases, the athlete is best treated after an accurate diagnosis is achieved.

  20. Long-term Results After Ankle Syndesmosis Injuries

    Vlijmen, N. van; Denk, K.; Kampen, A. van; Jaarsma, R.L.


    Syndesmotic disruption occurs in more than 10% of ankle fractures. Operative treatment with syndesmosis screw fixation has been successfully performed for decades and is considered the gold standard of treatment. Few studies have reported the long-term outcomes of syndesmosis injuries. This study in

  1. Deltoid ligament in acute ankle injury: MR imaging analysis

    Jeong, Min Sun; Choi, Yun Sun; Kim, Yun Jung; Jung, Yoon Young [Eulji University, Department of Radiology, Eulji Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jin Su; Young, Ki Won [Eulji University, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Eulji Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    To identify the pattern of deltoid ligament injury after acute ankle injury and the relationship between ankle fracture and deltoid ligament tear by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Thirty-six patients (32 male, and 4 female; mean age, 29.8 years) with acute deltoid ligament injury who had undergone MRI participated in this study. The deltoid ligament was classified as having 3 superficial and 2 deep components. An image analysis included the integrity and tear site of the deltoid ligament, and other associated injuries. Association between ankle fracture and deltoid ligament tear was assessed using Fisher's exact test (P < 0.05). Of the 36 patients, 21 (58.3 %) had tears in the superficial and deep deltoid ligaments, 6 (16.7 %) in the superficial ligaments only, and 4 (11.1 %) in the deep ligaments only. The most common tear site of the three components of the superficial deltoid and deep anterior tibiotalar ligaments was their proximal attachments (94 % and 91.7 % respectively), and that of the deep posterior tibiotalar ligament (pTTL) was its distal attachment (82.6 %). The common associated injuries were ankle fracture (63.9 %), syndesmosis tear (55.6 %), and lateral collateral ligament complex tear (44.4 %). All the components of the deltoid ligament were frequently torn in patients with ankle fractures (tibionavicular ligament, P = 0.009). The observed injury pattern of the deltoid ligament was complex and frequently associated with concomitant ankle pathology. The most common tear site of the superficial deltoid ligament was the medial malleolar attachment, whereas that of the deep pTTL was near its medial talar insertion. (orig.)


    Wang, Fei; Li, Jian; Li, Qi


    To investigate the effectiveness of arthroscopic treatment of pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS) of the ankle. Twelve patients who were initially diagnosed as having PVNS of the ankle were treated between January 2005 and May 2012. There were 6 males and 6 females, aged 20-50 years (mean, 35.4 years). Disease duration ranged from 6 months to 12 years (median, 3.6 years). One case of recurrence was included. The preoperative American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) ankle-hindfoot score was 55.5 ± 7.6. According to degree and range of the PVNS lesions, 4 cases of local PVNS were treated with arthroscopic debridement, and 8 cases of diffuse PVNS were treated with arthroscopically assisted arthrotomy; and local radiotherapy was given in all patients after operation. Primary healing of incision was obtained in all patients. The mean follow-up time was 2.8 years (range, 1-6 years). At 12 months after operation, no obvious pain, swelling, and limited range of motion of the ankle were observed. The AOFAS score was increased to 84.3 ± 3.4 at 12 months, and it was significantly higher than that at preoperation (P PVNS of the ankle according to the PVNS lesion degree and range. And arthroscopically assisted surgery has many advantages of less traumas and hemorrhage, fast recovery, and less complications.

  3. Assessment of bone healing on tibial fractures treated with wire osteosynthesis associated or not with infrared laser light and biphasic ceramic bone graft (HATCP) and guided bone regeneration (GBR): Raman spectroscopy study

    Bastos de Carvalho, Fabíola; Aciole, Gilberth Tadeu S.; Aciole, Jouber Mateus S.; Silveira, Landulfo, Jr.; Nunes dos Santos, Jean; Pinheiro, Antônio L. B.


    The aim of this study was to evaluate, through Raman spectroscopy, the repair of complete tibial fracture in rabbits fixed with wire osteosynthesis - WO, treated or not with infrared laser light (λ 780nm, 50mW, CW) associated or not to the use of HATCP and GBR. Surgical fractures were created under general anesthesia (Ketamine 0.4ml/Kg IP and Xilazine 0.2ml/Kg IP), on the tibia of 15 rabbits that were divided into 5 groups and maintained on individual cages, at day/night cycle, fed with solid laboratory pelted diet and had water ad libidum. On groups II, III, IV and V the fracture was fixed with WO. Animals of groups III and V were grafted with hydroxyapatite + GBR technique. Animals of groups IV and V were irradiated at every other day during two weeks (16J/cm2, 4 x 4J/cm2). Observation time was that of 30 days. After animal death the specimens were kept in liquid nitrogen for further analysis by Raman spectroscopy. Raman spectroscopy showed significant differences between groups (p<0.001). It is concluded that IR laser light was able to accelerate fracture healing and the association with HATCP and GBR resulted on increased deposition of calcium hydroxyapatite.

  4. 胫腓骨骨折术后分期康复治疗效果分析%Analysis of post-operational staged rehabilitation for fracture of tibia and fibula


    @@ Background: Joint movement disorder and even stiff joint often occurs after external fixation for fracture of tibia and fibula, the reason of which is usually the intra joint adherence and the adherence and atrophy of the extra joint muscles. Objective: To discuss the treatment effects of post- operational staged rehabilitation for fracture of tibia and fibula. Unit: Second People Hospital of Ningxia. Subject: There were 65 cases including 45 male and 20 female ones. They were from 16~ 70 years with the average of 43 years. The fractures were all unstable, fragmental and open. Intervention: Three- staged rehabilitation was applied after external fixation: (1) Early rehabilitation treatment (3~ 6 weeks after operation): ① The fractured limb was elevated to diminish the swelling; ② To exercise the joints at the end of the limbs, as to exercise the toes for multiple times every day; ③ Fix the muscles of the limbs and contract them isometricly, do it for 15~ 20 minutes each time and for multiple times every day. (2) Middle rehabilitation treatment(8~ 10 weeks after operation ) muscle force exercises were increased gradually, the anti resistance exercises were added gradually after the muscle force got over degree III, the joint movement ranges were added gradually with the muscle under control. (3) Late rehabilitation treatment ( the fracture had healed).① Muscle force exercises: Anti resistance exercises such as sandbag kicking and pedaling. ② Joint movement exercises including active and passive exercises, such as extension and flexion of knee joint, dorsiextension and planter flexion of ankle joint, the exercises should be increased gradually to form some rhythm and speed. Also electric treatment, heat treatment, ultrasonic treatment and massage etc may be added in this period. Result: The follow up periods for the 65 cases were 3~ 12 months and the time for the fractures to heal completely was 8~ 16 weeks ( the average was 12 weeks). The

  5. Application of Dongqi acupuncture(动气针法)to postoperative rehabilitation in the middle-late period in pa-tients with ankle joint fractures%动气针法在踝关节骨折术后中后期康复中的应用

    江涛; 江林; 史俊德; 易李梅


    (动气针法)on postoperative rehabilitation in the middle-late period in patients with ankle joint fractures.Methods:Sixty patients with ankle joint fractures were randomly divided into 2 groups,30 cases in each group.The patients were treated with Dongqi acupuncture and medium-frequency electrotherapy respectively for ankle rehabilitation in the middle-late period after surgery.The ankle pain visual analogue score(VAS)and Mazur ankle function score were recorded and com-pared between the 2 groups before the treatment and after 15 -day treatment,and the clinical curative effects was also compared between the 2 groups after 15 -day treatment.Results:There was no statistical difference in ankle VAS score and Mazur ankle function score be-tween the 2 groups before the treatment(6.83 +/-1.68 vs 6.33 +/-1.53 points,t =-1.201,P =0.235;4.03 +/-1.07 vs 4.07 +/-1.55 points,t =-0.085,P =0.932).The ankle VAS score decreased while the Mazur ankle function score increased in both of the 2 groups af-ter 15 -day treatment(3.90 +/-1.94 vs 6.83 +/-1.68 points,t =-4.853,P =0.000;2.30 +/-1.44 vs 6.33 +/-1.53 points, t =-4.818,P =0.000;5.50 +/-1.66 vs 4.03 +/-1.07 points,t =-1.981,P =0.048;6.60 +/-1.23 vs 4.07 +/-1.55 points, t =-2.067,P =0.039).The decreased ankle VAS score and the increased Mazur ankle function score were greater in Dongqi acupuncture group than in medium -frequency electrotherapy group(4.03 +/-1.22 vs 2.93 +/-1.72 points,t =3.561,P =0.001;2.53 +/-0.78 vs 1.47 +/-0.73 points,t =2.375,P =0.011).According to Mazur evaluation criteria for ankle function,Four patients obtained an excellent result,11 good,12 fair and 3 poor in the Dongqi acupuncture group;while 1 patients obtained an excellent result,6 good,16 fair and 7 poor in the medium-frequency electrotherapy group.The Dongqi acupuncture group surpassed the medium-frequency electrotherapy group in the total curative effect(Z =-2.209,P =0.022).Conclusion:Dongqi acupuncture can relieve ankle pain and improve ankle function in the middle -late

  6. Traumatic Fracture in a patient of Osteopoikilosis with review of literature

    Rohan Bansal


    Full Text Available Introduction: Osteopoikilosis or osteopathia condensans disseminata is a rare hereditary autosomal dominant sclerosing bone dysplasia. Patients are usually asymptomatic and the diagnosis is usually made incidentally on radiographs which show presence of symmetric, multiple, well defined, small ovoid areas of increased radiodensity clustered in peri-articular osseous regions with propensity for epiphyseal and metaphyseal involvement. There are no increased risks of pathological fracture in a case of osteopoikilosis and traumatic fracture healing in a case of osteopoikilosis is similar to fracture occurring in other normal patients. Case Report: A 34 years male, electrician came with history of accidental fall from height while working in office leading to development of pain and swelling over left lower leg and ankle diagnosed with Ruedi-Allgower classification type I pilon fracture(without fibula fracture no distal neuro-vascular deficit. Patient was offered surgical treatment in form of open reduction and internal fixation of tibial fracture by plate osteosynthesis using antero-medial approach , showed complete union and was followed up for eight months. Conclusion: Osteopoikilosis has a benign course and it should always be kept as a possible differential diagnosis for osteoblastic metastasis to avoid diagnositic dilemma. Diagnosis can be settled by routine x-rays ( for type ,extent and site of lesions, bones affected, clinical features of patient , histopathology and other systemic or pre-existing conditions. Keywords: Fracture , Osteopoikilosis , union, Pilon, Osteoblastic metastasis

  7. X-Ray Exam: Ankle

    ... Old Feeding Your 1- to 2-Year-Old X-Ray Exam: Ankle KidsHealth > For Parents > X-Ray Exam: Ankle A A A What's in ... español Radiografía: tobillo What It Is An ankle X-ray is a safe and painless test that ...

  8. Footballer's ankle: a case report


    @@ Footballer' s ankle is anterior bony spur or anterior impingement symptom of the ankle with anterior ankle pain, limited and painful dorsiflexion. The cause is commonly seen in athletes and dancers, and is probably due to repetitive minor trauma. The condition was firstly described by Morris;1 McMurray2 reported good results from excision of the spurs, naming it footballer's ankle. Opening resection of osteophytes of the anterior tibial and superior talar is an effective treatment for anterior impingement of the ankle.

  9. The Waywardness of Knee Joint Affect Fracture Healing(annexal three Example Clinical Analysis)%膝关节不稳对骨折愈合的影响(附3例临床分析)

    黄枫; 曾志奎; 黄学员; 曾展鹏


    Objective: To investigate the waywardness of knee joint affect fracture Healing. Methods: To review our hospital adduct three patients who because of fail to make a definite diagnosis of the Cruciate ligaments of knee joint injuries,which induce the homonymy Fracture of shaft of femur postoperative disunion. Author from the biomechanics point of view to analyze,cruciate ligament is very important to the steady of knee joint,conversely after the injuries of knee joint to mean a certain degree loss of physiological move-ment,as well as load conduction disturbance Followed by,which lead to the waywardness of knee joint. The waywardness of knee joint cause the stress of broken ends of fractured bone modify,which will bring what influence to fracture healing. Results: If we do not repair the injured cruciate ligament in time.when the patient who is postoperative of Fracture of shaft of femur is doing contineous passive motion or contineous passive motion working, there will be one shearing and revolving stress transmit to broken ends of fractured bone, meanwhile Vertical compressive stress of legs is hard to transmit to broken ends of fractured bone.which is likely to induce Fracture of shaft of femur to defer union even disunion. Conclusion: The waywardness of knee joint cause the stress of broken ends of fractured bone in homonymy limbs modify,which is likely to induce fracture to defer union even disunion.%目的:探讨膝关节不稳对骨折愈合的影响.方法:回顾性分析我院收治3例患者因早期未能准确诊治膝关节交叉韧带损伤,而导致同侧股骨干骨折术后不愈合的临床资料.我们从生物力学角度分析,交叉韧带对膝关节生理性制导及稳定作用,反之损伤后膝关节的生理运动一定程度的丧失,以及随之而来的载荷传导紊乱,从而导致膝关节不稳.膝关节不稳所引起骨折端应力改变,其对骨折愈合将产生怎样的影响.结果:如未能及时修复交叉韧带在患者

  10. Total Ankle Replacement for Treatment of End-Stage Osteoarthritis in Elderly Patients

    Beat Hintermann; Markus Knupp; Lukas Zwicky; Alexej Barg


    End-stage osteoarthritis of the ankle is a disabling problem, particularly in elderly patients who experience an overall loss of mobility and functional impairment and who then need compensatory adaption. Ankle arthrodesis, which has been demonstrated to provide postoperative pain relief and hindfoot stability, leaves the patient with a stiff foot and gait changes. For elderly patient, these changes may be more critical than generally believed. Additionally, the long duration of healing and r...

  11. Bicycle-spoke injuries of the foot and ankle: A prospective study

    HK Gupta


    Full Text Available Objective Bicycle spoke wheel injuries can be as simple as minor abrasions and lacerations even to amputation of toes and heel injuries. The purpose of this study was to assess the severity of soft tissue damage and skeletal injuries in such injuries. Methods This prospective observational study included all the cases with spoke wheel injuries presenting between October 2012 to September 2013 in the College of Medical Sciences and Teaching Hospital, Bharatpur. Demographic information was collected from each patient including age, sex, injured side, position at the time of injury, and characteristic of injury. The soft tissue injury was classified according to Oestern and Tscherne classification and managed accordingly. Results A total of 50 cases were included in the study with 29 males ( 58% and 21 females (42% . Their age ranged from 6 yrs to 12 yrs (mean 9 yrs.. The mean interval from injury to presentation in hospital was 5 hrs (range 1-22 hrs. Majority had injury to right ankle and foot. Fore foot and mid foot injuries were more common when the feet got entrapped in front wheel. 36 cases had sustained injury while riding as pillion on the back seat and their injury was on posterior ankle (n=20 and posterolateral aspect of ankle and foot (n=16. Majority of cases were of grade 0 and 1 injury. Two patients had grade 3 injury, one with great toe amputation another with partial heel avulsion and exposed tendoachilles. All cases were managed with wound care, tetanus prophylaxis and splintage of the foot. Conclusion In our study we found that these spoke wheel related injuries were more common in children and are important cause of temporary loss of daily activities. Although all injuries healed properly, risk of severe injuries like amputations and heel pad loss and tendoachilles transaction and fractures of foot and ankle still prevails where bicycle is a common mode of transportation. Journal of College of Medical Sciences-Nepal, 2013, Vol-9

  12. Magnetic resonance imaging of clinically suspected Salter-Harris I fracture of the distal fibula.

    Boutis, Kathy; Narayanan, Unni G; Dong, Frederik F T; Mackenzie, Heather; Yan, Hanmu; Chew, Derek; Babyn, Paul


    In skeletally immature children, isolated lateral ankle injuries without radiograph-visible fractures are often diagnosed with Salter-Harris I fractures of the distal fibula (SH1DF). However, recent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) evidence in children suggests that sprains may be more common than previously thought. Thus, the main objective of this study was to determine the rate of MRI-confirmed SH1DF among cases where this diagnosis was made presumptively, based on clinical findings. In ankle injuries where there is no MRI evidence of SH1DF, another aim is to detect the pathology which gives rise to this clinical scenario. This was a prospective cohort study performed at a tertiary care paediatric centre. Eligible patients included skeletally immature children with acute ankle injuries presenting with difficulty weight bearing and maximal tenderness and swelling over the distal fibular growth plate (lateral malleolus). Enrolled patients had ankle radiographs at the Emergency Department (ED) visit, MRI within 1 week of the injury, and repeat ankle X-rays at 4 weeks. All images were reviewed by two radiologists and an orthopaedic surgeon. Discrepancies between reading physicians were resolved by consensus agreement. Eighteen patients were enrolled into the study from September 2008 to August 2009. Mean (SD) age of participants was 8.7 (2.0) years. None of the 18 patients had evidence of fibular growth plate injury on MR imaging. Patients often had more than one abnormal finding on MRI. Fourteen (78%) had evidence of ligamentous sprains, 11 (61%) had bony contusions, one patient (6%) had a subtle fibular avulsion fracture, and another was found to have a minor articular cartilage injury. At 4 weeks, only one patient's radiographs demonstrated a healing fracture, which corresponded with the avulsion fracture case. All patients had returned to full weight bearing by 4 weeks. In this series, the clinical diagnosis of SH1DF was incorrect in 100% of cases. Instead, in

  13. Two-hole plate and suture complex for trimalleolar ankle fractures combined with distal tibioifbular syndesmosis injuries%二孔钢板缝线装置治疗三踝骨折合并下胫腓联合损伤

    王玥; 方伟; 闫红旗; 李志高; 李力


    目的:探讨二孔钢板缝线装置治疗三踝骨折合并的下胫腓联合损伤的手术方式及手术临床效果。方法2010年9月至2012年9月,对利用二孔钢板缝线装置固定的三踝骨折合并的下胫腓联合损伤的11例进行连续随访观察,术后第2天即嘱患者踝关节伸屈功能锻炼,术后6周开始部分负重功能锻炼,术后12周行完全负重功能锻炼。所有患者平均随访1年,随访内容包括临床及 X 线检查,对踝关节功能行 AOFAS ( american orthopedic foot and ankle society )评分。通过术后 X 线片和标准的踝足功能评分,评估其临床效果并探讨该装置的临床应用前景。结果患者均在术后6周开始部分负重功能锻炼,术后多次的 X 线片表明,所有患者下胫腓间距在术后8周和更长时间的随访中均能保持稳定,距骨在踝穴中也无外侧位移现象,术后3个月11例 AOFAS 评分平均达60分;术后半年7例随访,平均达85分;术后1年11例随访,得分95分(满分100分)。X 线片未发现内固定失效。所有患者术后1年取出内固定装置。所有患者取出内固定时均未发现钢板切割致缝线断裂,取出内固定装置后未有不适症状复诊。结论二孔钢板缝线装置治疗下腓联合损伤具有技术简单、手术时间短、内固定器物理特性符合踝关节正常解剖、固定强度足够、避免内固定物断裂、费用较低等多项优势。%Objective To investigate the operative method in the treatment of trimalleolar ankle fractures combined with distal tibiofibular syndesmosis injuries by using 2-hole plate and suture complex, and to evaluate clinical results.Methods Eleven patients with trimalleolar ankle fractures combined with distal tibiofibular syndesmosis injuries were treated by 2-hole plate and suture complex from September 2010 to September 2012, and then were followed up. The patients were encouraged to perform active ankle

  14. Locking internal fixator with minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis for the proximal and distal tibial fractures

    TONG Da-ke; JI Fang; CAI Xiao-bing


    Objective: To investigate the efficacy of the locking internal fixator (LIF), which includes the locking compression plate (LCP) and the less invasive stable system (LISS), in the proximal and distal tibial fractures. Methods: We did a retrospective study on a total of 98 patients with either proximal or distal tibial fractures from January 2003 to January 2007, who had received the operation with LIF by the minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis (MIPO) technique. The data consisted of 43 proximal tibial fractures (type AO41C3) and 55 distal tibial fractures (type AO43C3). Results: No complications were observed in all patients after operation. The mean healing time was 8.4 months (range 5-14 months). Only two cases of delayed union occurred at postoperative 10 months. No infections were reported after the definitive surgery even in the cases of open fractures. All patients reached a full range of motion at postoperative 6 to 9 months and regained the normal functions of knee and ankle joints. Conclusion: Using LIF in MIPO technique is a reliable approach towards the proximal and distal tibial fractures that are not suitable for intramedullary nailing.

  15. [Undislocated fracture of cuneiform I bone complicated by language barrier].

    Lang, C F; Greipel, J M


    A 30-year-old non-German speaking patient suffered an ankle sprain while playing beach volleyball. Conventional radiography did not reveal any fractures. The patient was treated with a Geisha cast for immobilization and relief and was also informed about pain-dependent weight bearing using an illustrated information sheet. In the course of the healing process the patient consulted the orthopedic department a second time. During a third visit he left before consultation as he felt that the waiting time was too long. Because he disagreed with the treatment he visited an orthopedist who ordered a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the patient’s foot. The MRI scan revealed an undislocated fracture of the cuneiform I bone. A control scan was conducted 2 months later and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) was diagnosed. The orthopedist ordered treatment based on a therapy with a VacoPed® orthesis. When there was no improvement in the healing process the patient sued the orthopedic surgeon for medical malpractice due to incorrect load and subsequent pain for € 40,000. All courts up to the Federal Court of Germany dismissed the case as no expert witnesses could find any errors in treatment. The court held that the medical information of the non-German speaking patient was sufficient against the defendant’s arguments. It is, however, noteworthy that the burden of proof for sufficient medical information of a patient is always placed on the treating physician.

  16. Toe and Metatarsal Fractures (Broken Toes)

    ... rest is the only treatment needed to promote healing of a stress or traumatic fracture of a metatarsal bone. Avoid the offending activity. Because stress fractures result from repetitive stress, it ...

  17. American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

    ... Statements Publications Foot & Ankle International (FAI) Foot & Ankle Orthopaedics (FAO) In~Stride Newsletter News Center Press Releases ... the best possible care, see a foot & ankle ORTHOPAEDIC surgeon. Find one in your area here. Having ...

  18. American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) Ankle-Hindfoot Score: a study protocol for the translation and validation of the Dutch language version

    Van Lieshout, Esther M M; De Boer, A Siebe; Meuffels, Duncan E; Den Hoed, P Ted; Van der Vlies, Cornelis H; Tuinebreijer, Wim E; Verhofstad, Michael H J


    Introduction The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) Ankle-Hindfoot Score is among the most commonly used instruments for measuring the outcome of treatment in patients who sustained a complex ankle or hindfoot injury. It combines a clinician-reported and a patient-reported part. A valid Dutch version of this instrument is currently not available. Such a translated and validated instrument would allow objective comparison across hospitals or between patient groups, and with shown validity and reliability it may become a quality of care indicator in future. The main aims of this study are to translate and culturally adapt the AOFAS Ankle-Hindfoot Score questionnaire into Dutch according to international guidelines, and to evaluate the measurement properties of the AOFAS Ankle-Hindfoot Score-Dutch language version (DLV) in patients with a unilateral ankle or hindfoot fracture. Methods and analysis The design of the study will be a multicentre prospective observational study (case series) in patients who presented to the emergency department with a unilateral ankle or hindfoot fracture or (fracture) dislocation. A research physician or research assistant will complete the AOFAS Ankle-Hindfoot Score-DLV based on interview for the subjective part and a physical examination for the objective part. In addition, patients will be asked to complete the Foot Function Index (FFI) and the Short Form-36 (SF-36). Descriptive statistics (including floor and ceiling effects), internal consistency, construct validity, reproducibility (ie, test–retest reliability, agreement and smallest detectable change) and responsiveness will be assessed for the AOFAS DLV. Ethics and dissemination This study has been exempted by the Medical Research Ethics Committee (MREC) Erasmus MC (Rotterdam, the Netherlands). Each participant will provide written consent to participate and remain anonymised during the study. The results of the study are planned to be published in an

  19. Effect of different hemostasis methods on operative incision healing of calcaneal fracture%不同止血方法对跟骨骨折手术切口愈合的影响

    代灿; 苟景跃; 邓子龙; 张晓星


    目的:观察和对比分析电凝止血、钳夹止血及压迫止血对跟骨骨折手术切口愈合的影响。方法收集2012年12月~2015年12月收治的60例66足跟骨骨折患者临床资料,其中男性48例,女性12例;年龄18~59岁,平均36.6岁。均经跟骨外侧L形切口行切开复位钛板内固定术,术中止血方法分别采用电凝止血、钳夹止血及压迫止血。记录三组患者年龄、骨折分型、伤后至手术时间、手术时间、切口干燥时间、切口愈合时间、切口并发症发生率及足部功能Maryland评分等,并进行统计学分析。结果在切口干燥时间、切口愈合时间及切口并发症等方面钳夹止血组显著优于电凝止血组和压迫止血组(P<0.05),而电凝止血组和压迫止血组之间无显著性差异(P>0.05),三组足部功能Maryland评分无显著性差异(P>0.05)。结论跟骨骨折术中行钳夹止血可明显降低切口并发症的发生率。%Objective To observe and compare the effects of electrocoagulation hemostasis, forceps hemo-stasis and compression hemostasis on the operative incision healing in calcaneal fracture patients.Methods From Dec.2012 to Dec.2015,60 patients with calcaneal fracture were treated.Among them 48 were male and 12 were fe-male ranged from 18 to 59 years(average,36.6 years).All cases (66 calcaneal fractures) were treated by open re-duction and internal fixation through L-type calcaneal lateral incision.Intra-operative hemostasis methods included the electrocoagulation hemostasis, forceps hemostasis and compression hemostasis. Indexes such as age, fracture classification,time from injury to operation,operation time,drying time and healing time of the incision,incidence of incision-related complications and Maryland foot function score among the 3 groups were recorded and statistically analyzed.Results The forceps hemostasis group was significantly better than the electrocoagulation

  20. Effect of He-Ne Laser and CO2 Laser on Bone Fracture Healing%He-Ne激光与扩束CO2激光照射对骨折愈合的影响

    崔建胜; 章萍


    目的 比较相同剂量的He-Ne激光与CO激光照射对骨折的疗效.方法 36只健康雄性兔制成骨折模型,随机分为三组,每组12只.He-Ne激光组:He-Ne激光扩束照射骨折区;CO激光组:CO激光扩束照射骨折组;对照组:常规治疗.通过X片,观察骨折愈合情况,测定骨痂中钙和胶原含量及生物力学抗扭性能,比较三组的疗效.结果 (1)骨折愈合效果:两激光组均优于对照组(P激光组优于He-Ne激光组(P激光组好于He-Ne激光组(P)和瞬间扭矩(T)均高于对照组(P激光组T高于He-Ne激光组.结论 He-Ne激光与CO激光照射对骨折愈合均有促进作用,且CO激光更好于He-Ne激光.%Objective To obsere and compare the discrepancy of curative effect of He-Ne laser and CO2 laser irradiation under the same dosage.Methods The bone fracture pattern was made to 36 healthy male rabbits, who were randomly divided into 3 groups ( each 12) : He-Ne laser group: expanding a bunch of the He-Ne laser project light upon the bone fracture zone, CO2 laser group: expanding a bunch of the CO2 laser irradiation, and matched control group:the routine cures.The different therapy impact was observed on the bone fracture healing.Observed X-ray, detected the contents of collagen and calcium in the callus, and measured the biomechanics anti-torsion strength to evaluate curative effect.Results ( 1 ) Fracture healing effect: the two laser groups were better than the control group (P <0.05 or <0.01 ), and 25 days after treatment, CO2 laser group was better than He-Ne laser group ( P < 0.04 ).(2) Collagen and calcium content: two laser groups were higher than control group (P < 0.05), and CO2 laser group was better than He-Ne laser group ( P < 0.05 ).(3) Biomechanics anti-torsion strength: the minimum torque ( T8°) and instantaneous torque (Tmax) of both laser groups were higher than that of control group (P <0.01 ), and the Tmax of CO2 laser group was higher than that of He-Ne laser group

  1. 接骨木总苷片促进骨折愈合与抗炎作用研究Ⅰ%Study on Effects of Sambucus williamsii Total Glycosides Tablets on Fracture Healing and Inflammation: Part Ⅰ

    杨炳友; 何娅雯; 朱晓清; 韩华; 杨柳; 王秋红; 匡海学


    目的:研究接骨木总苷片促进骨折愈合与抗炎作用.方法:复制兔骨折模型.60只新西兰大白兔随机均分为正常对照(等容生理盐水)组、模型(等容生理盐水)组、跌打丸(0.28 g/kg)组与接骨木总苷片高、中、低剂量(0.22、0.11、0.06 g/kg)组,以药物加入饲料给药,连续36 d.骨密度仪测定骨密度(BMD)、骨矿含量(BMC)、骨痂面积(Area),通过X光片观察兔骨折愈合程度.采用小鼠耳肿胀和大鼠足肿胀模型观察其抗炎作用,热板法观察其镇痛作用.结果:高、中、低剂量接骨木总苷片可增加模型大白兔BMD、BMC,使模型大白兔骨折断端接近消失,骨膜反应密度加深,骨痂量增多、增深;中剂量组接骨木总苷片可增加模型大白兔Area.高、中、低剂量接骨木总苷片可减轻模型小鼠耳肿胀度,降低模型大鼠足肿胀率,提高1h内模型小鼠痛阈值.结论:接骨木总苷片有较好的抵抗急性炎症和镇痛的作用,并能促进骨折愈合.%OBJECTIVE:To study the effects of Sambucus williamsii total glycosides tablets on fracture healing and inflammation.METHODS:Rabbit fracture model was induced.50 New Zealand white rabbits were randomly divided into normal control group (constant volume of normal saline),model group (constant volume of normal saline),Dieda pills group (0.28 g/kg),S.williamsii total glycosides tablets high-dose,medium-dose and low-dose groups(0.22,0.11,0.06 g/kg).They were given medicine via feedingstuff for consecutive 36 d.The bone mineral density (BMD),bone mineral content (BMC) and callus area (Area) were determined by dual energy X-ray absorptioumetry (DXA).The degree of fracture healing was observed by X-ray film.Anti-inflammatory effects were observed by mice ear swelling and rat foot swelling experiments; analgesic action was observed by hot plate method.RESULTS:High-dose,medium-dose and low-dose of S.williamsii total glycosides tablets could increase BMD and BMC in model group

  2. 掌侧入路与背侧入路对腕舟骨骨折愈合率的影响%Effect of volar approach versus dorsal approach on the healing rate of scaphoid bone fractures

    喻永新; 尚如国


    目的:探讨掌侧入路与背侧入路对腕舟骨骨折愈合率的影响。方法:中文数据库以“腕舟骨骨折”与“掌侧入路”和“背侧入路”的布尔逻辑搭配结果作为检索词,英文数据库以“scaphoid fractures”与“dorsal”、“volar”及“palmar”的布尔逻辑搭配结果作为检索词。用计算机检索中国知网、万方学术期刊数据库、维普中文期刊数据库、中国生物医学文献服务系统、中国生物医学期刊网引文数据库、Pubmed及Sciencedirect数据库建库至2013年11月收录的所有相关文献。利用Revman5.2统计软件进行统计分析。结果:共纳入9篇文献,涉及435例患者,其中随机对照实验2篇,非随机对照实验7篇;中文文献4篇,外文文献5篇。漏斗图显示文献不存在发表偏倚。掌侧入路组与背侧入路组总的骨折愈合率比较,差异无统计学意义[Z=149,P=0.140;OR=0.420,95%CI(0.140,1.310)];掌侧入路组术后6~8个月的骨折愈合率优于背侧入路组[Z=2.840,P=0.004;OR=6.930,95%CI(1.820,26.320)]。掌侧入路组与背侧入路组术后并发症发生率比较,差异无统计学意义[Z=0.590,P=0.560;OR=0.760,95%CI(0.310,1.890)]。掌侧入路组与背侧入路组术后腕部活动功能比较,差异无统计学意义[Z=0.990,P=0.320;OR=1.900,95%CI(-1.840,5.840)]。结论:掌侧入路与背侧入路治疗腕舟骨骨折对骨折愈合率的影响没有差异,但经掌侧入路固定的患者骨折愈合更快。%Objective:To explore the effect of volar approach versus dorsal approach on the healing rate of scaphoid bone fractures. Methods:The Boolean logical combination of Scaphoid fractures,Dorsal,Volar and Palmar were used as index terms.All the literatures of controlled trial included from database establishing to November 2013 were retrieved from

  3. Optimal management of ankle syndesmosis injuries

    Porter DA


    Full Text Available David A Porter, Ryan R Jaggers, Adam Fitzgerald Barnes, Angela M Rund Methodist Sports Medicine/The Orthopedic Specialists, Indianapolis, IN, USA Abstract: Syndesmosis injuries occur when there is a disruption of the distal attachment of the tibia and fibula. These injuries occur commonly (up to 18% of ankle sprains, and the incidence increases in the setting of athletic activity. Recognition of these injuries is key to preventing long-term morbidity. Diagnosis and treatment of these injuries requires a thorough understanding of the normal anatomy and the role it plays in the stability of the ankle. A complete history and physical examination is of paramount importance. Patients usually experience an external rotation mechanism of injury. Key physical exam features include detailed documentation about areas of focal tenderness (syndesmosis and deltoid and provocative maneuvers such as the external rotation stress test. Imaging workup in all cases should consist of radiographs with the physiologic stress of weight bearing. If these images are inconclusive, then further imaging with external rotation stress testing or magnetic resonance imaging are warranted. Nonoperative treatment is appropriate for stable injuries. Unstable injuries should be treated operatively. This consists of stabilizing the syndesmosis with either trans-syndesmotic screw or tightrope fixation. In the setting of a concomitant Weber B or C fracture, the fibula is anatomically reduced and stabilized with a standard plate and screw construct. Proximal fibular fractures, as seen in the Maisonneuve fracture pattern, are not repaired operatively. Recent interest is moving toward repair of the deltoid ligament, which may provide increased stability, especially in rehabilitation protocols that involve early weight bearing. Rehabilitation is focused on allowing patients to return to their pre-injury activities as quickly and safely as possible. Protocols initially focus on

  4. Optimal management of ankle syndesmosis injuries.

    Porter, David A; Jaggers, Ryan R; Barnes, Adam Fitzgerald; Rund, Angela M


    Syndesmosis injuries occur when there is a disruption of the distal attachment of the tibia and fibula. These injuries occur commonly (up to 18% of ankle sprains), and the incidence increases in the setting of athletic activity. Recognition of these injuries is key to preventing long-term morbidity. Diagnosis and treatment of these injuries requires a thorough understanding of the normal anatomy and the role it plays in the stability of the ankle. A complete history and physical examination is of paramount importance. Patients usually experience an external rotation mechanism of injury. Key physical exam features include detailed documentation about areas of focal tenderness (syndesmosis and deltoid) and provocative maneuvers such as the external rotation stress test. Imaging workup in all cases should consist of radiographs with the physiologic stress of weight bearing. If these images are inconclusive, then further imaging with external rotation stress testing or magnetic resonance imaging are warranted. Nonoperative treatment is appropriate for stable injuries. Unstable injuries should be treated operatively. This consists of stabilizing the syndesmosis with either trans-syndesmotic screw or tightrope fixation. In the setting of a concomitant Weber B or C fracture, the fibula is anatomically reduced and stabilized with a standard plate and screw construct. Proximal fibular fractures, as seen in the Maisonneuve fracture pattern, are not repaired operatively. Recent interest is moving toward repair of the deltoid ligament, which may provide increased stability, especially in rehabilitation protocols that involve early weight bearing. Rehabilitation is focused on allowing patients to return to their pre-injury activities as quickly and safely as possible. Protocols initially focus on controlling swelling and recovery from surgery. The protocols then progress to restoration of motion, early protected weight bearing, restoration of strength, and eventually a

  5. Asisstance Arthroscopy in Juvenile Tillaux Fractures

    Mañero, Luciano Martin; Arroquy, Damian; Barrios, Juan Manuel; Botta, Juan Martin; Caceres, Carlos Alberto


    Introduction: Juvenile Tillaux Fracture is an isolated fracture of the lateral portion of the distal tibial epiphysis, considered SALTER-HARRIS fracture type 3, wherein the fragment is moved by the anterolateral ligament anterior inferior tibiofibular. They occur at the beginning of the 2nd decade of life and are caused by a force external rotation. The pattern of injury is considered a result of the closing sequence of the distal tibial physis, which usually closes around 15 years of age in girls and 17 in boys, this process usually takes about 18 months, occurring first in the central area of the physis, extending medially and finally to side, being this epiphyseal portion which is open at the time of the vulnerable to fracture injury in this age group. The curriculum includes RX, and TAC, being more sensitive to detect fragments of 2 or more mm of travel, but may overestimate the true displacement. The non-displaced fracture can be treated with cast immobilization and displaced with closed reduction (plantar flexion external rotation in the pronated foot and direct pressure on the anterolateral epiphysis). An equal displacement or > 2 mm of the articular surface is indication of open reduction and percutaneous fixation, because it may increase the risk of osteoarthritis in the future. Objective: Presentation of a case Juvenile Tillaux Fractures with surgical resolution under arthroscopic assistance. Methods: Male patient 14 years old who suffered indirect trauma left ankle during practice sports (rugby) in September 2015, 48 hours of evolution. After performing X-rays and scans one left Salter Harris type III at the level of distal tibial epiphysis (Tillaux fracture) ankle fracture was diagnosed. It had a greater than 2 mm displacement. As a reduction treatment and percutaneous osteosynthesis with more osteodesis screw with arthroscopic assistance and fluoroscopy was performed. After surgery a long leg cast was placed for three weeks, continuing with three other

  6. Self-healing polymers

    Klein, Daniel J. (Inventor)


    A three dimensional structure fabricated from a self-healing polymeric material, comprising poly(ester amides) obtained from ethylene glycol, azelaic acid and 1,1-aminoundecanoic acid, wherein polymeric material has a melt index above 2.5 g/10 min. as determined by ASTM D1238 at C. and 2.16kg, impact resistance and ductility sufficient to resist cracking and brittle fracture upon impact by a 9 mm bullet fired at a temperature of about C. at subsonic speed in a range from about 800 feet/sec to about 1000 feet/sec. It has been determined that the important factors necessary for self-healing behavior of polymers include sufficient impact strength, control of the degree of crystallinity, low melting point and the ability to instantly melt at impacted area.

  7. A Meta-Analysis for Postoperative Complications in Tibial Plafond Fracture: Open Reduction and Internal Fixation Versus Limited Internal Fixation Combined With External Fixator.

    Wang, Dong; Xiang, Jian-Ping; Chen, Xiao-Hu; Zhu, Qing-Tang


    The treatment of tibial plafond fractures is challenging to foot and ankle surgeons. Open reduction and internal fixation and limited internal fixation combined with an external fixator are 2 of the most commonly used methods of tibial plafond fracture repair. However, conclusions regarding the superior choice remain controversial. The present meta-analysis aimed to quantitatively compare the postoperative complications between open reduction and internal fixation and limited internal fixation combined with an external fixator for tibial plafond fractures. Nine studies with 498 fractures in 494 patients were included in the present study. The meta-analysis found no significant differences in bone healing complications (risk ratio [RR] 1.17, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.68 to 2.01, p = .58], nonunion (RR 1.09, 95% CI 0.51 to 2.36, p = .82), malunion or delayed union (RR 1.24, 95% CI 0.57 to 2.69, p = .59), superficial (RR 1.56, 95% CI 0.43 to 5.61, p = .50) and deep (RR 1.89, 95% CI 0.62 to 5.80) infections, arthritis symptoms (RR 1.20, 95% CI 0.92 to 1.58, p = .18), or chronic osteomyelitis (RR 0.31, 95% CI 0.05 to 1.84, p = .20) between the 2 groups. Copyright © 2015 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Effect of Zoledronic Acid on the Healing of Distal Radial Fracture%唑来膦酸对老年桡骨远端骨折术后疗效观察

    尹自龙; 石磊; 王林; 刘驰; 郑念野; 纪泉; 张华俦; 良元; 薛庆云


    ,and a conventional calcium and calcitriol supplement,4 week and 3 month follow-up of fractures heal-ing and postoperative 1 year follow-up of bone mineral density. Results The fracture healing in elderly patients with no obvi-ous effect of zoledronic acid anti osteoporosis medicine after distal radius fracture,callus in A group is more than callus in group B,postoperative bone mineral density increased over one year ago. Conclusion The effect of osteoporosis treatment with zoledronic acid medicine in elderly patients with distal radius fractures is significant,while no obvious negative effect on the healing of the osteoporotic distal radius fracture.

  9. The Experimental Study of the Sound field of Low Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound Promoting Fracture Healing%低强度脉冲超声促进骨愈合的声场研究

    王迪龙; 张冀; 菅喜岐


    目的 通过对圆形平面超声换能器近声场的实验测量,研究低强度脉冲超声(low intensity pulsed ultrasound,LIPUS)治疗骨折愈合时,骨组织的厚度和裂缝位置、形状等对近声场的影响,为LIPUS促进骨愈合治疗方案的制定提供理论依据.方法 选取圆形平面超声换能器近声场声轴上的一个声压极大值和极小值端点处作为参考位置,分别对这两个位置上垂直于声轴断面的声压分布进行测试,分析讨论不同功率、骨组织厚度、水体深度、骨折裂缝宽度及其位置,对垂直于声轴断面上的声压分布的影响.结果 近场声压随功率的增大而非线性增大;骨组织厚度在1~5 mm范围时,在声轴上极大值点处的声压随骨组织厚度增厚明显减小,但在极小值点变化较小;声压受骨组织和换能器之间水体的影响较小;随骨折裂缝宽度增大,声压在裂缝处增大.结论 骨组织厚度以及骨折裂缝的位置、形状等对声场分布均有影响,且对近声场内极大值和极小值处的声压影响程度不同;在进行LIPUS促进骨折愈合治疗时,需要根据骨折位置等不同条件设定不同的治疗参数.%Objective To study the effect of the thickness,the shape and location of the bone tissue on the near sound field of the circular plane ultrasonic transducer by experimentally measuring the near sound field,during the fracture healing treated by the low intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS),which can provide theoretical basis for making the treatment plan of the fracture healing promoted by the LIPUS.Methods Select a maximum and minimum point of near field pressure on acoustic axis as the reference positions.Then,respectively obtain the axial pressure distribution of the two positions perpendicular to the cross-section of the acoustic axis.Analyze and discuss the effects of different power,the bone tissue thickness,the depth of water,the width of the fracture crack and the

  10. Effects of Ankle Arthrodesis on Biomechanical Performance of the Entire Foot.

    Yan Wang

    Full Text Available Ankle arthrodesis is one popular surgical treatment for ankle arthritis, chronic instability, and degenerative deformity. However, complications such as foot pain, joint arthritis, and bone fracture may cause patients to suffer other problems. Understanding the internal biomechanics of the foot is critical for assessing the effectiveness of ankle arthrodesis and provides a baseline for the surgical plan. This study aimed to understand the biomechanical effects of ankle arthrodesis on the entire foot and ankle using finite element analyses. A three-dimensional finite element model of the foot and ankle, involving 28 bones, 103 ligaments, the plantar fascia, major muscle groups, and encapsulated soft tissue, was developed and validated. The biomechanical performances of a normal foot and a foot with ankle arthrodesis were compared at three gait instants, first-peak, mid-stance, and second-peak.Changes in plantar pressure distribution, joint contact pressure and forces, von Mises stress on bone and foot deformation were predicted. Compared with those in the normal foot, the peak plantar pressure was increased and the center of pressure moved anteriorly in the foot with ankle arthrodesis. The talonavicular joint and joints of the first to third rays in the hind- and mid-foot bore the majority of the loading and sustained substantially increased loading after ankle arthrodesis. An average contact pressure of 2.14 MPa was predicted at the talonavicular joint after surgery and the maximum variation was shown to be 80% in joints of the first ray. The contact force and pressure of the subtalar joint decreased after surgery, indicating that arthritis at this joint was not necessarily a consequence of ankle arthrodesis but rather a progression of pre-existing degenerative changes. Von Mises stress in the second and third metatarsal bones at the second-peak instant increased to 52 MPa and 34 MPa, respectively, after surgery. These variations can provide


    Prasanta Kr.


    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: Osteosynthesis with open reduction technique in comm inuted fracture has several disadvantages like increase ra te of non-union, soft tissue problem, infection and implant failure. These problems may be overcome b y percutaneous bridge plating technique which preserve the vascularity and soft ti ssue attachment of fracture fragments. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-five patients were involve in this study . Al l of twenty- five patients with closed comminuted diaphyseal fract ures of femur (n-10 and tibia (n-15 were operated on using the principle indirect reductio n and biological fixation with bridge plate under image intensifier. Partial and full weight be aring were allowed according to clinical and radiological union. RESULTS: Most regained excellent range of motion of knee and ankle. Mean time of radiological union was 20.12 weeks. Two pati ents had superficial skin problem which healed with local wound care. One patient had non un ion which was healed by bone grafting. In this study excellent result was seen in 18 cases, g ood in five and fair in two patients. CONCLUSION: Our study indicates that minimally invasive bridge plating is an effective alternative for treatment of comminuted diaphyseal f racture of long bones. These complex fractures give complete recovery of normal limb func tion at an ear ly stage with less complication.

  12. Decision rules for the use of radiography in acute ankle injuries. Refinement and prospective validation.

    Stiell, I G; Greenberg, G H; McKnight, R D; Nair, R C; McDowell, I; Reardon, M; Stewart, J P; Maloney, J


    To validate and refine previously derived clinical decision rules that aid the efficient use of radiography in acute ankle injuries. Survey prospectively administered in two stages: validation and refinement of the original rules (first stage) and validation of the refined rules (second stage). Emergency departments of two university hospitals. Convenience sample of adults with acute ankle injuries: 1032 of 1130 eligible patients in the first stage and 453 of 530 eligible patients in the second stage. Attending emergency physicians assessed each patient for standardized clinical variables and classified the need for radiography according to the original (first stage) and the refined (second stage) decision rules. The decision rules were assessed for their ability to correctly identify the criterion standard of fractures on ankle and foot radiographic series. The original decision rules were refined by univariate and recursive partitioning analyses. In the first stage, the original decision rules were found to have sensitivities of 1.0 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.97 to 1.0) for detecting 121 maleolar zone fractures, and 0.98 (95% CI, 0.88 to 1.0) for detecting 49 midfoot zone fractures. For interpretation of the rules in 116 patients, kappa values were 0.56 for the ankle series rule and 0.69 for the foot series rule. Recursive partitioning of 20 predictor variables yielded refined decision rules for ankle and foot radiographic series. In the second stage, the refined rules proved to have sensitivities of 1.0 (95% CI, 0.93 to 1.0) for 50 malleolar zone fractures, and 1.0 (95% CI, 0.83 to 1.0) for 19 midfoot zone fractures. The potential reduction in radiography is estimated to be 34% for the ankle series and 30% for the foot series. The probability of fracture, if the corresponding decision rule were "negative," is estimated to be 0% (95% CI, 0% to 0.8%) in the ankle series, and 0% (95% CI, 0% to 0.4%) in the foot series. Refinement and validation have shown the

  13. Measurement of ulnar variance and radial inclination on X-rays of healed distal radius fractures. With the axis of the distal radius or ulna?

    Thuysbaert, Gilles; Ringburg, Akkie; Petronilia, Steven; Vanden Berghe, Alex; Hollevoet, Nadine


    Ulnar variance and radial inclination are radiological parameters frequently used to evaluate displacement of distal radius fractures. In most studies measurements are based on the long central axis of the distal radius, although the axis of the distal ulna can also be used. The purpose of this study was to determine which axis is more reliable. Four observers performed measurements on standard anteroposterior digital wrist X-rays of 20 patients taken 1 and 2 months after sustaining an extra-articular distal radius fracture. Intraobserver reliability was similar with both methods. No difference was found in interobserver reliability between both methods for ulnar variance, but for radial inclination it was better with the axis through the radius. Measurements on two X-rays of the same wrist taken at a different moment were similar with both methods. It can be concluded that the central axis of the distal radius can remain the basis to determine ulnar variance and radial inclination.

  14. [Arthroscopical subtalar arthrodesis for malunion of calcaneal fractures].

    Mi, Kun; Liu, Pengfei; Liu, Wu; Feng, Zhibin


    To evaluate the clinical results of arthroscopical subtalar arthrodesis for malunion of calcaneal fractures. Between July 2006 and December 2008, 12 cases of malunion of calcaneal fractures were treated with arthroscopical subtalar arthrodesis, including 10 males and 2 females with an age range of 38-54 years (44.8 years on average). The location was left side in 5 cases and right side in 7 cases. The injury was caused by falling from height in 8 cases, by traffic accident in 3 cases, and other in 1 case. It was 3-7 months from injury to operation. All cases were classified as Stephens type II. The total score was 35.68 +/- 10.35 and the pain score was 8.14 +/- 1.83 before operation according to Hindfoot scores system of American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS). All incisions achieved primary healing and the patients were all followed up 14-32 months (18 months on average). The X-ray films showed bony fusion after 10-14 weeks (11.5 weeks on average). The total score was 76.45 +/- 9.83 and the pain score was 1.52 +/- 1.48 after operation according to Hindfoot scores system of AOFAS, showing significant difference when compared with those before operation (P < 0.01). Arthroscopical subtalar arthrodesis can get satisfactory fusion rate with few complications for malunion of calcaneal fractures.

  15. Total ankle replacement or ankle fusion in painful advanced hemophilic arthropathy of the ankle.

    Rodriguez-Merchan, E Carlos


    In advanced painful hemophilic arthropathy of the ankle, the last resort is surgical treatment (ankle arthrodesis [AA] or total ankle replacement [TAR]). There is a controversy in the literature on which of the two procedures is more appropriate. A review of the literature was performed to clarify such a controversy. The first search engine was MedLine (keywords: total ankle replacement, ankle arthrodesis). Seventy articles were found in MedLine. Of these, only 16 were selected and reviewed because they were strictly focused on the topic of this article. The second search engine was the Cochrane Library, where only nine systematic reviews were found on the role of TAR and AA in non-hemophilia patients. TAR and AA provide pain relief and patient satisfaction in hemophilia patients in the short term. The available non-hemophilia literature is insufficient to conclude which treatment is superior. My current view is that AA may be preferable in most hemophilia patients.

  16. Reverse Evans peroneus brevis medial ankle stabilization for balancing valgus ankle contracture during total ankle replacement.

    Roukis, Thomas S; Prissel, Mark A


    Medial ankle instability secondary to deltoid ligament insufficiency is frequently encountered when performing total ankle replacement and remains a challenge. In the present techniques report, we describe a "reverse" Evans peroneus brevis tendon nonanatomic deltoid ligament reconstruction for medial ankle stabilization harvested through limited incisions using simple topographic anatomic landmarks. The harvested peroneus brevis tendon is brought through a drill hole in the talus from laterally to medially, aiming for the junction of the talar neck and body plantar to the midline. The tendon is the brought superiorly and obliquely to the anterior medial aspect of the distal tibia where it is secured under a plate and screw construct. This modified Evans peroneus brevis tendon nonanatomic deltoid ligament reconstruction is useful in providing medial ankle stability during or after primary and revision total ankle replacement.

  17. 罂粟碱促进跟骨骨折手术切口愈合的疗效评价%Evaluation of promotive effect on incision healing after the operation of calcaneus fractures by using papaverine

    汤俊君; 张建; 吴克俭; 刘亭茹; 张永刚


    Objective To evaluate the promotive effect on incision healing after the operation of calcaneus fractures by using papaverine. Methods From 2010 to 2013, 52 patients with calcaneus fractures were divided into 2 groups according to whether papaverine was used or not after the operation. There were 29 patients ( 33 feet ) in treatment group and 23 patients ( 25 feet ) in control group. All the patients underwent open reduction and internal ifxation with L-type calcaneal lateral incision, and the time of regular drainage lasted for 48 hours after the operation. The clinical data were recorded in all the patients, including gender, age, degree of soft tissue injury, classiifcation of fracture, time from injury to operation, operation time, intraoperative amount of bleeding, drying time and healing time of the incision, length of unhealthy skin and incidence of complications of the incision and function score of the foot at 1 year after the operation. Statistical analysis was performed. Results There were no statistically signiifcant differences in gender, age, degree of soft tissue injury, classiifcation of fracture, time from injury to operation, operation time, intraoperative amount of bleeding and function score of the foot at 1 year after the operation between the 2 groups. In control group, the average time of incision drying was ( 6.2±1.9 ) days and the average time of incision healing was ( 17.8±3.1 ) days. The good ratio of incision health degree was 64.0%. While in treatment group, the average time of incision drying was ( 5.1±1.2 ) days and the average time of incision healing was ( 15.7±2.6 ) days. The good ratio of incision health degree was 84.8%. The differences between the 2 groups were statistically signiifcant ( P<0.0355, 0.0063, 0.0328 ). Conclusions Papaverine can promote incision healing and decrease complications after the operation of calcaneus fractures.%目的:评价跟骨骨折术后使用罂粟碱对手术切口

  18. Dynamical effect of fractures combined with brain injury on the bone healing and bone metabolism%骨折合并脑损伤对骨愈合和骨代谢的影响

    周青; 刘进炼; 刘超群; 周耀东; 陈豪


    BACKGROUND:Peri-fracture nerve injury can inhibit osteoclast activity and promote early fracture healing. OBJECTIVE:To investigate dynamical y the effects of traumatic brain injury on the bone mineral density, microstructure, biomechanics property and bone metabolism in rat models of fractures. METHODS:Sixty-three male rats were randomly divided into three groups:sham group, simple fracture group and fracture combined with brain injury group. After 3, 6, and 3 months, the animals were sacrificed in batches under anesthesia, and then, the bones and serum specimens were used to detect the bone mineral density, microstructure, biomechanics property, serum cross-linked N-telopeptide of col agen type I and osteocalcin levels. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:Compared with the simple fracture group, the fracture combined brain injury group had significantly increased bone mineral density of the proximal tibia, bone volume fraction of the cancel ous bone, trabecular thickness, cross-sectional area of tibial cortical bone and total area of the bone marrow, ultimate load and stress of the tibia, serum cross-linked N-telopeptide of col agen type I and osteocalcin levels at 3 and 6 weeks after modeling (P  目的:观察了大鼠肢体骨折合并脑损伤对骨密度、骨微结构、骨生物力学特征和骨代谢影响。  方法:63只大鼠随机分为假手术组、单纯骨折组和脑损伤合并骨折组。在术后3周、6周和3个月分批麻醉处死动物保存骨骼和血清标本,检测骨密度、骨微结构和生物力学性能以及血清Ⅰ型胶原氨基末端肽和骨钙素水平的变化。  结果与结论:与单纯骨折组相比,在造模3周和6周后,脑损伤合并骨折组胫骨近端的骨密度、松质骨微结构骨体积分数、骨小梁厚度、胫骨皮质骨截面总面积和骨髓腔面积、胫骨极限载荷和极限应力、血清原氨基末端肽和骨钙素水平均显著增高(P<0.05),造模后3个月,3组间

  19. Modeling and stress analyses of a normal foot-ankle and a prosthetic foot-ankle complex.

    Ozen, Mustafa; Sayman, Onur; Havitcioglu, Hasan


    Total ankle replacement (TAR) is a relatively new concept and is becoming more popular for treatment of ankle arthritis and fractures. Because of the high costs and difficulties of experimental studies, the developments of TAR prostheses are progressing very slowly. For this reason, the medical imaging techniques such as CT, and MR have become more and more useful. The finite element method (FEM) is a widely used technique to estimate the mechanical behaviors of materials and structures in engineering applications. FEM has also been increasingly applied to biomechanical analyses of human bones, tissues and organs, thanks to the development of both the computing capabilities and the medical imaging techniques. 3-D finite element models of the human foot and ankle from reconstruction of MR and CT images have been investigated by some authors. In this study, data of geometries (used in modeling) of a normal and a prosthetic foot and ankle were obtained from a 3D reconstruction of CT images. The segmentation software, MIMICS was used to generate the 3D images of the bony structures, soft tissues and components of prosthesis of normal and prosthetic ankle-foot complex. Except the spaces between the adjacent surface of the phalanges fused, metatarsals, cuneiforms, cuboid, navicular, talus and calcaneus bones, soft tissues and components of prosthesis were independently developed to form foot and ankle complex. SOLIDWORKS program was used to form the boundary surfaces of all model components and then the solid models were obtained from these boundary surfaces. Finite element analyses software, ABAQUS was used to perform the numerical stress analyses of these models for balanced standing position. Plantar pressure and von Mises stress distributions of the normal and prosthetic ankles were compared with each other. There was a peak pressure increase at the 4th metatarsal, first metatarsal and talus bones and a decrease at the intermediate cuneiform and calcaneus bones, in

  20. Reconsiderações sobre o tempo de consolidação das fraturas na picnodisostose Reconsiderations regarding time of fracture healing in Pycnodysostosis

    Flávio Dorcilo Rabelo


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Discutir o que vem sendo descrito na literatura até então a respeito do tempo de consolidação das fraturas na picnodisostose. MÉTODOS: Treze novos casos foram estudados por questão de disponibilidade de prontuários e exames radiográficos, totalizando 44 fraturas englobando pacientes avaliados no período de novembro de 1970 a agosto de 2004, no Hospital Ortopédico de Goiânia. Pesquisa em campo, acompanhamento clínico simultâneo, por novas fraturas, de duas pacientes e avaliação retrospectiva de prontuários foram feitos, com base em se determinar o número de fraturas totais de cada paciente e quais destas tinham viabilidade para esta pesquisa. O grupo de pacientes compõe-se de três mulheres e dois homens com idade média de 51,4 anos. A tíbia foi o osso mais acometido, seguido pelo fêmur. Foram excluídas as fraturas cujo acompanhamento tenha sido feito em outro serviço. RESULTADOS: Das 12 fraturas consideradas plenas para o estudo, nove aconteceram em fêmures (seis no fêmur E e três no fêmur D; uma em tíbia (D; uma em clavícula (D e uma em ulna (E. Dentre as 12 fraturas, oito evoluíram com pseudartrose em um tempo médio de 29,25 meses; três consolidaram bem em uma média de 5,83 meses e um paciente evoluiu com retardo de consolidação em apenas dois meses. CONCLUSÃO: Associadas à pesquisa gênica e estudos micromorfológicos, aguarda-se novos estudos para reconfirmação diagnóstica numa entidade clínica tão rara.OBJECTIVE: To discuss what has been described so far in the literature regarding the time of consolidation of fractures in Pycnodysostosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirteen new cases were studied, as a matter of the availability of medical records and radiographic examinations, totaling 44 patients in the period from November 1970 to August 2004 in the Hospital Ortopédico de Goiânia. Field research and simultaneous clinical monitoring for new fractures in two patients, and the retrospective

  1. Changes in the ultimate load and static bone histomorphometery parameters during the fracture healing process of denervated rats with tibial fracture%胫骨骨折大鼠失神经支配条件下骨折愈合过程中最大载荷及静态骨计量学参数变化

    苗军; 刘春蓉; 夏群; 张继东; 金鸿宾


    背景:临床观察表明,截瘫患者骨折常常愈合加快或在下肢有异位骨化形成,表明周围神经系统对骨折愈合有重要的调节作用.目的:观察一侧下肢失神经胫骨骨折愈合过程中骨计量学参数及骨痂形成和生物力学的变化.设计:自身对照动物实验.单位:天津医院.材料:健康雄性Wistar大鼠36只,6个月龄,平均体质量210 g.方法:实验于2001-03/2004-03在天津医院动物实验中心完成.将大鼠一侧下肢制成失神经胫骨骨折模型,对侧制成正常神经支配骨折模型.骨折后2周、4周麻醉状态下处死大鼠,取双侧胫骨,拍X射线片、测定生物力学强度,制备不脱钙切片,进行骨计量学观察.主要观察指标:①两组大鼠骨折后双侧胫骨和骨痂湿质量比较.②X射线平片计分.③胫骨标本生物力学测试结果.④骨折愈合组织形态学观察.结果:①两组大鼠骨折后双侧胫骨和骨痂湿质量比较:骨折后2,4周失神经组重量远大于正常神经支配组[(0.94±0.15)比(0.76±0.14)g,(1.06±0.26)比(0.81±0.10)g,P<0.05].②X射线平片计分结果:失神经组骨痂形成量明显增多(P<0.01).③胫骨标本三点弯曲生物力学测试结果:骨折后2,4周失神经组骨痂的强度明显低于正常神经支配组[(9.88±8.49)比(16.62±13.38)N,(12.77±7.55)比(20.19±10.60)N,P<0.05].④骨计量学检测结果:静态参数与正常神经支配组比较,失神经组矿化骨小梁宽度明显减小(P<0.05),类骨质宽度增加,破骨细胞指数及骨吸收表面明显增大(P<0.05),成骨细胞指数及骨形成表面两组无差别;动态参数与正常神经支配组比较,失神经组矿化沉积率明显变小(P<0.05),类骨质成熟时间延长(P<0.05).结论:周围神经在骨折愈合早、中期起重要的调节作用,完整的神经支配是骨折愈合所必需的.%BACKGROUND: Clinical observation demonstrates that accelerated fracture healing or lower limb

  2. 鲑鱼降钙素联合恒古骨伤愈合剂治疗腰椎OPF疗效分析%The study on treatment of vertebral osteoporotic fracture by salmon calcitonin and Heng Gu bone healing reagent

    罗德军; 赵宏斌; 周旭; 董锡亮; 李林芝; 王文志; 熊海


    Objective To study effects of salmon calcitonin and Heng Gu bone healing reagent on vertebral osteoporotic fracture(OPF).Methods From Nov.2007 to Dec.2009,82 cases of vertebral OPF were treated.These cases were randomly divided into treatment group and control group.The treatment group(42 cascs)were treated with salmon calcitonin and Heng Gu bone healing reagent.The control group(40 cases)received salmon calcitonin only.Pain relief of the 2 groups wag compared.Results Before treatment,the 82 patients were scored 6-9 points by visual analogue scales(VAS)and pain scores of the 2 groups were similar (P>0.05).3 days,5 days,8 days and 15 days after treatment,VAS scores of the 2 groups were significantly different(P0.05).治疗后3、5、8、15 d,2组疼痛VAS评分分别经秩和检验差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).治疗组不但疼痛缓解快,3个月后复查骨矿物密度改善程度亦明显优于对照组.结论 鲑鱼降钙素联合恒古骨伤愈合剂治疗腰椎骨质疏松性骨折具有良好止痛和促进成骨作用,是一种安全、有效的方法.

  3. Influência do componente protéico na consolidação de fraturas: trabalho experimental em ratos Influence of the protein component upon fracture healing: an experimental study in rats

    Roberto Guarniero


    Full Text Available Os autores estudaram a influência da nutrição protéica na consolidação de fraturas em 40 ratos Lewis divididos em 4 grupos de 10. Durante 6 semanas os grupos 1, 2 e 3 receberam respectivamente dietas com 0, 19% e 36% de proteínas. O grupo 4 recebeu dieta sem proteínas durante as 2 primeiras semanas e com 36% de proteínas nas 4 semanas seguintes. Foram realizadas fraturas nas tíbias esquerdas ao final de 2 semanas e após 4 semanas das fraturas os animais foram sacrificados para estudo dos calos ósseos. Para a avaliação dos resultados foram utilizadas medidas clínicas, bioquímicas, radiográficas, densitométricas, e histomorfométricas. Concluiu-se que a dieta hiperprotéica alterou a consolidação óssea produzindo um calo maior e mais resistente, mas não alterou a qualidade em concentração de cálcio e em porcentagem a quantidade de tecido ósseo.The authors investigated the influence of a protein diet on fracture healing in 40 Lewis rats divided into four groups of ten. During 6 weeks, Groups 1, 2 and 3 were fed diets containing, respectively, 0.19% and 36% protein. Group 4 was fed a proteinless diet during the first two weeks and a 36%-protein diet during the next 4 weeks. At two weeks, fractures were performed in the left tibias; all animals were killed 4 weeks later so that the bone calluses could be investigated. Clinical, biochemical, radiographic, densitometry and histomorphometry measurements were performed to evaluate the findings. The conclusion was that the hyperprotein diet altered bone healing by producing a larger, more resistant callus, although it did not change quality as regards calcium levels and the percentage amount of bone tissue.

  4. The effect of PDGFmRNA and IGFmRNA in the platelet concentrated liquid on ulna fracture healing in rabbit%血小板浓缩液中血小板源性生长因子及胰岛素样生长因子对兔尺骨骨折愈合的影响


    Objective By hybridization in situ and biomechanical approach of platelet derived growth fator mRNA(PDGFmRNA) and insulin like growth factor mRNA(IGFmRNA),we discussed the influence of the platelet concentrated liquid on the healing of rabbit ulna fracture.Method We selected 24 New Zealand rabbits,divided them into 4 groups randomly (blank group, serum control group, group with platelet concentrated liquid and group with bone graft and platelet concentrated liquid), and then made the fracture model on the middle of ulna which was fixed by finger armor plate.Before the operation, we drew out 6 ml blood from femoral artery, performed anti coagulation with the Sodium Citrate and centrifugated by low and the followed high speed.We purified the white blood plate and injected it into the fracture position.The rabbits were killed at 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th week.Qualitative analysis by hybridization in situ of PDGFmRNA and IGFmRNA and biomechanical measurement on the 6th week sample were made.Result Bone callus could be seen on the radius specimen in various degrees when the rabbits were killed at 1st,2nd,4th and 6th week, particularly in the last week.The average maximum destructive load on the fracture tip is higher to the control, and there is significant difference(P< 0.01). Conclusion The local application of platelet concentration on the fracture tip can accelerate its healing.

  5. Effect of Jieguqili chip and simvastatin in promoting fracture Healing: An animal experiment%接骨七厘片、辛伐他汀对促进骨折愈合的动物实验研究

    张勇妹; 丁妍; 郭贵宾; 陈邦元


    目的 探讨接骨七厘片和辛伐他汀对促进骨折愈合的机制,并分析联合应用接骨七厘片和辛伐他汀与单独应用接骨七厘片或辛伐他汀对促进骨折愈合的差异.方法 用蒸馏水将接骨七厘片和辛伐他汀片分别溶解,配成一定浓度的溶解液.将实验大鼠随机分成4组,将双侧尺桡骨中1/3段徒手折断,造成闭合性完全性骨折,不给予外固定.术后接骨七厘片组给予接骨七厘片溶液,1次/d,连续28 d;辛伐他汀片组给予辛伐他汀溶液,1次/d,连续28d;联合应用组同时给予接骨七厘片溶液及辛伐他汀溶液,1次/d,连续28d;对照组灌胃给予生理盐水1 mL,1次/d,连续28d.结果 在一般行为表现、X线表现、组织形态学、骨痂干重等方面,接骨七厘片组和(或)辛伐他汀组与联合应用接骨七厘片和辛伐他汀组相比,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 本实验研究发现接骨七厘片及辛伐他汀在骨折愈合的过程中,均能增加成骨细胞的活性,使成骨细胞大量增生,促进骨痂的形成,提高骨痂的质量,而联合应用接骨七厘片及辛伐他汀比单纯使用接骨七厘片或辛伐他汀片作用更明显,骨折愈合较快.%Objective To analyze the mechanism of Jieguqili chip and simvastatin in promoting fracture healing, and to compare the difference between the combined use of the Jieguqili chip and simvastatin and single use of Jieguqili chip or simvastatin in promoting fracture healing. Methods The Jieguqili chip and simvastatin tablets were dissolved with distilled, dubbed a certain concentration of solvent. Rats were randomly divided into 4 groups, and their bilateral radius and ulna 1/3 of unarmed were broken, which created the closed complete bone fracture. No external fixation was done. After the technique, the 1st group was treated the Jieguqili chip solution, once a day, continually 28 days. The second group was treated with simvastatin solution, once a day

  6. Scaphoid fractures in children

    Gajdobranski Đorđe


    Full Text Available Introduction. Scaphoid fractures are rare in childhood. Diagnosis is very difficult to establish because carpal bones are not fully ossified. In suspected cases comparative or delayed radiography is used, as well as computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound and bone scintigraphy. Majority of scaphoid fractures are treated conservatively with good results. In case of delayed fracture healing various types of treatment are available. Objective. To determine the mechanism of injury, clinical healing process, types and outcome of treatment of scaphoid fractures in children. Methods. We retrospectively analyzed patients with traumatic closed fracture of the scaphoid bone over a ten-year period (2002-2011. The outcome of the treatment of “acute” scaphoid fracture was evaluated using the Mayo Wrist Score. Results. There were in total 34 patients, of mean age 13.8 years, with traumatic closed fracture of the scaphoid bone, whose bone growth was not finished yet. Most common injury mechanism was fall on outstretched arm - 76% of patients. During the examined period 31 children with “acute” fracture underwent conservative treatment, with average immobilization period of 51 days. Six patients were lost to follow-up. In the remaining 25 patients, after completed rehabilitation, functional results determined by the Mayo Wrist Score were excellent. Conclusion. Conservative therapy of “acute” scaphoid fractures is an acceptable treatment option for pediatric patients with excellent functional results.

  7. Broken Ankle/Broken Foot

    ... so that your doctor can examine your gait. Imaging tests Not all foot and ankle injuries require ... an orthopedic surgeon may need to use pins, plates or screws to maintain proper position of your ...

  8. Prevalence of chronic ankle instability and associated symptoms in university dance majors: an exploratory study.

    Simon, Janet; Hall, Emily; Docherty, Carrie


    Previous investigations have established that dancers suffer a large number of injuries to the lower leg, foot, and ankle, with a portion of these being significant time loss injuries or in some cases career ending. Lateral ankle sprain is a common injury in dancers and can often lead to recurrent instability and repetitive injuries. Research in other active populations has linked ankle sprains to the development of chronic ankle instability (CAI). Therefore, the purpose of this study was to identify the prevalence of CAI and related symptoms of ankle sprain in a student dance population. Individuals were included if they were currently a modern or ballet dance major at the investigators' university (exclusion criterion: a history of fracture or surgery in the lower extremities). A self-reported demographic questionnaire and the Identification of Functional Ankle Instability survey were used to identify the presence and characteristics of CAI. A total of 83 questionnaires were collected, and after exclusions, 77 participants remained: 43 modern dancers and 34 ballet dancers (10 males and 67 females, mean age 19.61 ± 2.53 years, mean dance experience 13.61 ± 3.16 years). Of all dancers surveyed, 41 (53.2%) had CAI, and of those 24 (58.5%) were modern dancers, and 17 (41.5%) were ballet dancers. When looking only at those dancers who had a previous lateral ankle sprain, 75.9% were identified as having CAI. Chronic Ankle Instability can create long-term problems for anyone but especially female dancers, who place extreme stress on their feet and ankles from being en pointe or demi-pointe. It is important to educate dancers, instructors, and medical staff of the importance of recognizing CAI and seeking medical care for ankle sprains and their residual symptoms.

  9. Management of the proximal tibia fractures by mini external fixation: A case series of 30 cases

    Samar K Biswas


    Full Text Available Background: Management of high velocity trauma is a challenging problem because of morbidity of trauma and sometime residual problems of failure of proper healing of fractures with the restriction of movements of knee, shortening, and added risk of compartment syndrome in the proximal tibia fracture. There is always risk of post-operative infection and infected non-union in extensive open surgical procedure and internal fixation. Hence, there is always look out for the middle path procedure for a solution to the above said problems with the added advantage of less hospital stay and early return to work by minimal invasive procedure and stabilization of fracture reduction by multiple K-wire fixation with a frame applied externally. Stabilization of fracture with reduced pain allows early movements of neighbouring joint knee and ankle; hence, reduces the chances of fracture diseases. With this we have been stimulated to take-up the study of managing the proximal tibia fracture by mini external fixator. Aim: The aim of this study was to manage proximal tibia fractures by mini external fixator and evaluate the results and efficacy of this method. Material and Method: A total of 30 patients having proximal tibial fractures admitted at our center between 2008 and 2010 were taken and the procedure carried out was closed manipulative reduction and stabilization with mini external fixator. All acute proximal tibia fractures including tibial plateau fractures above 17 years of age of either sex were included in the study. Fracture more than 3 weeks old were excluded from the study. Result: Out of 30 cases 13 were excellent, 14 cases good, and 3 showed fair. It was found that type 5 and 6 of Schatzker′s classification have lesser outcome type of fractures Conclusion: We have found that management of the proximal tibia fractures by mini external fixation method has a better outcome. Early mobilization of knee in the proximal tibia fractures after

  10. Healing Architecture

    Folmer, Mette Blicher; Mullins, Michael; Frandsen, Anne Kathrine


    The project examines how architecture and design of space in the intensive unit promotes or hinders interaction between relatives and patients. The primary starting point is the relatives. Relatives’ support and interaction with their loved ones is important in order to promote the patients healing...... process. Therefore knowledge on how space can support interaction is fundamental for the architect, in order to make the best design solutions. Several scientific studies document that the hospital's architecture and design are important for human healing processes, including how the physical environment...... architectural and design solutions in order to improve quality of interaction between relative and patient in the hospital's intensive unit....

  11. Effects of ankle balance taping with kinesiology tape for a patient with chronic ankle instability

    Kim, Byeong-Jo; Lee, Jung-Hoon; Kim, Chang-Tae; Lee, Sun-Min


    [Purpose] To report the effects of ankle balance taping for a patient with chronic ankle instability (CAI). [Subject] A 33-year-old man with a 10 year history of chronic ankle stability. [Methods] ABT with kinesiology tape was performed for 2 months (average, 16 h/day) around the right ankle. [Results] At the end of two months, no ankle instability was noted when ascending and descending the stairs, jumping, turning, operating the pedals while driving, and lifting heavy objects. [Conclusion] The repeated use of kinesiology tape in ankle balance taping may be an effective treatment for recovering the ankle stability of patients with chronic ankle instability. PMID:26311206

  12. Effects of ankle balance taping with kinesiology tape for a patient with chronic ankle instability.

    Kim, Byeong-Jo; Lee, Jung-Hoon; Kim, Chang-Tae; Lee, Sun-Min


    [Purpose] To report the effects of ankle balance taping for a patient with chronic ankle instability (CAI). [Subject] A 33-year-old man with a 10 year history of chronic ankle stability. [Methods] ABT with kinesiology tape was performed for 2 months (average, 16 h/day) around the right ankle. [Results] At the end of two months, no ankle instability was noted when ascending and descending the stairs, jumping, turning, operating the pedals while driving, and lifting heavy objects. [Conclusion] The repeated use of kinesiology tape in ankle balance taping may be an effective treatment for recovering the ankle stability of patients with chronic ankle instability.

  13. Total ankle replacement. Design evolution and results.

    van den Heuvel, Alexander; Van Bouwel, Saskia; Dereymaeker, Greta


    The ankle joint has unique anatomical, biomechanical and cartilaginous structural characteristics that allow the joint to withstand the very high mechanical stresses and strains over years. Any minor changes to any of these features predispose the joint to osteoarthritis. Total ankle replacement (TAR) is evolving as an alternative to ankle arthrodesis for the treatment of end-stage ankle osteoarthritis. Initial implant designs from the early 1970s had unacceptably high failure and complication rates. As a result many orthopaedic surgeons have restricted the use of TAR in favour of ankle arthrodesis. Long term follow-up studies following ankle arthrodesis show risks of developing adjacent joint osteoarthritis. Therefore research towards a successful ankle replacement continues. Newer designs and longer-term outcome studies have renewed the interest in ankle joint replacement. We present an overview of the evolution, results and current concepts of total ankle replacement.

  14. Osteomyelitis of the foot and ankle: diagnosis, epidemiology, and treatment.

    Lindbloom, Benjamin J; James, Eric R; McGarvey, William C


    Osteomyelitis of the foot and ankle is a common, potentially devastating condition with diagnostic and treatment challenges. Understanding the epidemiology and pathogenesis of osteomyelitis can raise clinical suspicion and guide testing and treatments. History and physical examination, laboratory studies, vascular studies, histologic and microbiologic analyses, and various imaging modalities contribute to diagnosis and treatment. Treatment including empiric broad-spectrum antibiotics and surgery should take a multidisciplinary approach to optimize patient factors, ensure eradication of the infection, and restore function. Optimization of vascular status, soft tissues, limb biomechanics, and physiologic state of the patient must be considered to accelerate and ensure healing.

  15. Distal fibula fracture diagnosed with ultrasound imaging.

    Kardouni, Joseph R


    The patient was a 31-year-old man serving in a military special forces unit at a remote location. He presented to a physical therapist with a chief complaint of worsening right lateral ankle pain that limited his ability to bear weight. Because the patient met the Ottawa ankle rules and there was concern for a fracture, radiographs were indicated. However, the nearest facility with radiographic capabilities was only available through air medical evacuation. Therefore, the physical therapist assessed the patient's ankle with an onsite portable ultrasound imaging unit, which demonstrated cortical irregularity along the distal fibula.

  16. Semiextending Nailing for Combined Shaft and Ankle Injuries of the Leg.

    Probe, Robert


    Over recent years, orthopaedic traumatologists have been gaining experience with tibial nailing in the extended position. Originally developed to address the complexities of alignment in proximal tibial fractures, this technique has also proven valuable in the treatment of tibial shaft fractures combined with ankle injuries. Depicted in this video presentation is the surgical techniques used to simultaneously address a spiral fracture of the distal tibia associated with a large coronal plane fracture of the tibial articular surface. Discussed are leg positioning, technical aspects of the medial approach, strategies for preliminary ankle stabilization, and fine details of aligning the tibial component of the injury. With a growing body of evidence suggesting similar knee outcomes with semiextended and conventional infrapatellar approaches, it is anticipated that this technique will become increasingly popular in coming years.

  17. Ankle Brachial Index

    Wikstroem, J.; Hansen, T.; Johansson, L.; Lind, L.; Ahlstroem, H. (Dept. of Radiology and Dept. of Medical Sciences, Uppsala Univ. Hospital, Uppsala (SE))


    Background: Whole-body magnetic resonance angiography (WBMRA) permits noninvasive vascular assessment, which can be utilized in epidemiological studies. Purpose: To assess the relation between a low ankle brachial index (ABI) and high-grade stenoses in the pelvic and leg arteries in the elderly. Material and Methods: WBMRA was performed in a population sample of 306 subjects aged 70 years. The arteries below the aortic bifurcation were graded after the most severe stenosis according to one of three grades: 0-49% stenosis, 50-99% stenosis, or occlusion. ABI was calculated for each side. Results: There were assessable WBMRA and ABI examinations in 268 (right side), 265 (left side), and 258 cases (both sides). At least one >=50% stenosis was found in 19% (right side), 23% (left side), and 28% (on at least one side) of the cases. The corresponding prevalences for ABI <0.9 were 4.5%, 4.2%, and 6.6%. An ABI cut-off value of 0.9 resulted in a sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive value of 20%, 99%, 83%, and 84% on the right side, and 15%, 99%, 82%, and 80% on the left side, respectively, for the presence of a >= 50% stenosis in the pelvic or leg arteries. Conclusion: An ABI <0.9 underestimates the prevalence of peripheral arterial occlusive disease in the general elderly population

  18. 鲑鱼降钙素促进老年转子间骨折愈合的疗效观察%Efficacy Observation of Salmon Calcitonin for Femoral Intertrochanteric Fractures Healing in Elderly Patients

    谭美云; 郭杏; 税巍; 王远辉; 张忠杰


    目的:观察鲑鱼降钙素促进老年转子问骨折愈合的疗效.方法:将40例老年患者随机分为2组:治疗组20例,肌肉注射鲑鱼降钙素;对照组20例,在相同的部位肌肉注射等量注射用生理盐水.自术后第1天开始,2组均连续用药3个月.用药后的第1、3个月复查X线片,观察骨痂生长情况.治疗前和治疗后3个月检测患者腰椎(L4)骨密度(BMD)及血清钙、磷、碱性磷酸酶等浓度.结果:所有患者均得到随访.术后第1、3个月x线评估发现,治疗组比同时期对照组的骨痂生成量多.治疗后3个月,治疗组腰椎(L4)BMD明显高于对照组(P0.05),治疗组碱性磷酸酶明显高于对照组(P<0.05).治疗组1例出现恶心、呕吐等胃肠道症状,2例出现面颈部潮红.结论:鲑鱼降钙素能显著促进老年转子间骨折的愈合.%OBJECTIVE: To observe the therapeutic efficacy of salmon calcitonin for femoral intertrochanteric fractures healing in elderly patients. METHODS: A total of 40 elderly patients with femoral intertrochanteric fractures were randomly divided into 2 groups. 20 cases in treatment group received intramuscular injection of salmon calcitonin and 20 cases in control group received equal dose of normal saline at the same site. Both groups were given medicine after operation for 3 months. The X-ray plate of 2 groups was examined at 1 and 3 months after treatment to investigate the condition of bony callus. The BMD of the lumbar spine at LA, the concentration of serum calcium, serum phosphorus and alkaline phosphate were measured before treament and 3 months after treatment. RESULTS: All patients were followed up. The X-ray plate showed that the bony callus in treatment group was more abundant than in control group at 1 and 3 months after treatment. 3 months after treatment, the BMD of the lumbar spine at L4 in treatment group was significantly higher than in control group (P<0.05). The concentration of serum calcium in treatment group was

  19. Biomechanics Significance of Femoral Head and Neck of Grafting-bone Group After Femoral Neck Fracture-healing%股骨颈骨折愈合后钉道植骨的生物力学意义

    唐洪涛; 仝允辉; 杨茹萍; 朱太永; 张美超; 赵卫东


    Objective To study biomechanical performance of fracture-healing femoral head and neck after the hollow compressionb screws are taken out in ungrafting-bone group, grafting-bone group, normal group, and provide theoretical basis for the treatment of necrosis of the femoral head by bone grafting in the channel of screws. Methods Nine femurs fixed and preserved by formalin were used in this test. They were randomly divided into three groups: normal group, ungrafting-bone group, grafting-bone group. According to inversed-triangle, at the range of physiological load, it tested the defixed bias-value of three group femoral head at different load. The data were collected and analyzed. The three-dimension finite element model of the femoral head and neck was calculated. Nodal solution of stress value and max-offset was calculated at area of femoral head and neck, then the data were compared and analyzed.Results Compared with the mean of load-offset about the femoral head and neck, biomechanical capability of ungrafting-bone group was lowest with regard to other two groups , the influence was very hard, P <0.05. But there was no singnificant difference between normal group and graflng-bone group, P >0.05. Analysis of the three-dimension finite element model showed that the massive stress was concentrated at weight loading region of ungrafting-bone group's femoral head, it was an dangerous chance to lead to femoral head collapse. Conclusion For the treatment of femur neck fractures with cannulated compression screws, bone grafting in the channel of screw should be used to improve biomechanical integrity after fracture healed and cannulated compression screws are taken out. This is of benefit to loading in early stage and to preventing the collapse of femoral head, etc.%目的 探讨股骨颈骨折愈合后取出空心加压螺钉遗留钉道不植骨、植骨及正常的股骨头颈部的生物力学特性,为临床提供实验依据.方法 收集9付股骨标本测量

  20. Displaced patella fractures.

    Della Rocca, Gregory J


    Displaced patella fractures often result in disruption of the extensor mechanism of the knee. An intact extensor mechanism is a requirement for unassisted gait. Therefore, operative treatment of the displaced patella fracture is generally recommended. The evaluation of the patella fracture patient includes examination of extensor mechanism integrity. Operative management of patella fractures normally includes open reduction with internal fixation, although partial patellectomy is occasionally performed, with advancement of quadriceps tendon or patellar ligament to the fracture bed. Open reduction with internal fixation has historically been performed utilizing anterior tension band wiring, although comminution of the fracture occasionally makes this fixation construct inadequate. Supplementation or replacement of the tension band wire construct with interfragmentary screws, cerclage wire or suture, and/or plate-and-screw constructs may add to the stability of the fixation construct. Arthrosis of the patellofemoral joint is very common after healing of patella fractures, and substantial functional deficits may persist long after fracture healing has occurred. Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

  1. Total ankle replacement in 35 cases%人工全踝关节置换35例

    廖翔; 高志增; 黄山虎; 杨述华


    华中科技大学附属协和医院与南昌大学第一附属医院于1999-03/2006-11采用STAR非限制活动负重型假体对35例患者行全踝关节置换.年龄27~68岁,平均50.5岁.其中左侧20例,右侧15例;创伤性关节炎12例,骨性关节炎8例,类风湿性关节炎15例.患者均有踝关节疼痛,不同程度的肿胀及关节活动受限.术中出现内踝骨折2例,踝关节内翻不稳定2例,踝关节背伸范围不足1例,均对症处理.术后足背中部及3~5趾相对缘皮肤感觉减退1例,无明显运动功能障碍,未作特殊处理.术后2例切口感染经换药后延迟愈合,33例切口I期愈合.28例获随访3~80个月,平均43.5个月.28例患者踝关节Kofoed总评分58~95分,平均85.5分;疼痛评分35~50分,平均48.3分;功能评分18~30分,平均20.7分;活动度评分16~20分,平均17.2分,均高于术前(P < 0.01).X射线片检查均未见假体松动或下沉.提示标准化、规范化操作技术,采用与假体紧密配套的手术工具防治术后感染、脱位、假体松动等材料与宿主的组织相容性反应是提高假体置换成功率的必要条件.%Thirty-five patients who underwent Scandinavian total ankle replacement (STAR) in the Union Hospital, Huazhong University of Science and Technology & First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University between March 1999 and November 2006 were recruited for this study. The patients averaged 50.5 years old ranging from 27 to 68 years old. STAR was performed on the left side in 20 cases and on the right side in 15 cases. Among these patients, 12 suffered from posttraumatic arthritis, 8 osteoarthritis, and 15 rheumatic arthritis. All patients complained of ankle joint pain and different degrees of swelling as well as limited motion of joint. During the operation, some complications appeared, including medial malleolus fractures 2 patients, unstable ankle joint introversion 2 patients, limited ankle joint dorsiflextion 1 pateint. Symptomatic

  2. Comparison of the effect of semi-rigid ankle bracing on performance ...

    without bracing (right anterior posterior index (RAPI) 2.8 (standard deviation (SD) 0.9); right ... injuries during the return of previously injured hockey players into ... risk of high ankle sprains at the distal tibofibular joint, as well as fractures.

  3. Study on the Effects of Differrent Compatibility of Traditonal Chinese Medicine on VEGF Expression at Fracture Site and Healing of Early Radius Fracture of Rats%桃仁、木香、黄芪分别与红花配伍对大鼠早期桡骨骨折愈合及VEGF表达的影响

    王轩; 李引刚


    Objective:To observe the effect of different compatibility of herbs on VEGF expression at fracture site and thickness of callus of early radius fracture rat models. Methods:256 SD rats were divided into four groups randomly,model group,Semen Persicae and Flos Carthami group,Radix Aucklandiae and Flos Carthami group,Radix Astragali and Flos Carthami group.Left radius fracture rat models were established. Conventional haematoxylin and eosin staining and im-munostaining for bone section were carried out on clays 3,7,10 and 14 after model establishment. Results:On days 7,10 and 14 after model establishment, compared with model group, VEGF positive cells at fracture site and thickness of callus were significantly increased in all the treatment groups;compared with Radix Aucklandiae and Flos Carthami group,VEGF positive cells at fracture site and thickness of callus were significantly decreased in Semen Persicae and Flos Carthami group,Radix Astragali and Flos Carthami group. Conclusions:Radix Aucklandiae and Flos Carthami can increase obvi-ously VEGF expression at fracture site and thickness of callus in the healing of early radius fracture rats.We can get a con-clusion that the therapy of regulating the flow of qi and promoting the circulation of blood is an effective therapy on early extremities closed fracture from this experiment.%目的:观察桃仁、木香、黄芪分别与红花配伍对成年SD大鼠早期桡骨骨折愈合过程中骨痂厚度及VEGF表达的影响,为理气活血法用于四肢闭合性骨折早期临床治疗提供实验支持.方法:256只SD大鼠随机分为模型组、桃仁红花组、木香红花组、黄芪红花组4组,每组各64只,各组大鼠均造成左侧桡骨骨折模型.于造模后第3天、第7天、第10天、第14天,各组大鼠分4次处死,每次每组处死16只,取材进行常规HE染色观察骨痂厚度,VEGF-DAB显色计数观察VEGF阳性细胞数.结果:造模后第3天,各给药组与模型组比较,标本VEGF

  4. Effects of different compatibility of TCM on BMP-2 expression at fracture site and healing of early radius fracture of rats%桃仁、木香、黄芪分别与红花配伍对大鼠早期桡骨骨折愈合过程中BMP-2表达的影响

    王轩; 潘琪; 张慧萍; 李引刚


    Carthami group, BMP-2 positive cells at fracture site and thickness of callus were significantly decreased in Semen Persicae and Flos Carthami group, Radix Astragali and Flos Carthami group.Conclusions: Radix Aueklandiae and Flos Carthami can increase obviously BMP-2 expression at fracture site and thickness of callus in the healing of early radius fracture rats. We can get a conclusion that the therapy of regulating the flow of qi and promoting the circulation of blood was an effective therapy on early extremities closed fracture from this experiment.

  5. Posterior tibial tendon displacement behind the tibia and its interposition in an irreducible isolated ankle dislocation: a case report and literature review



    Isolated posteromedial ankle dislocation is a rare condition thanks to the highly congruent anatomical configuration of the ankle mortise, in which the medial and lateral malleoli greatly reduce the rotational movement of the talus, and the strength of the ligaments higher than the malleoli affords protection against fractures. However, other factors, like medial malleolus hypoplasia, laxity of the ligaments, peroneal muscle weakness and previous ankle sprains, could predispose to pure dislocation. In the absence of such factors, only a complex high-energy trauma, with a rotational component, can lead to this event. Irreducibility of an ankle dislocation, which is rarely encountered, can be due to soft tissue interposition. Dislocation of the posterior tibial tendon can be the cause of an irreducible talar dislocation; interposition of this tendon, found to have slid posteriorly to the distal tibia and then passed through the tibioperoneal syndesmosis, is reported in just a few cases of ankle fracture-dislocation. PMID:27900312

  6. Tooth mobility changes subsequent to root fractures

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


    The purpose of this study was to analyze tooth mobility changes in root-fractured permanent teeth and relate this to type of interfragment healing (hard tissue healing (HT), interfragment healing with periodontal ligament (PDL) and nonhealing with interposition of granulation tissue (GT) because...... of pulp necrosis in the coronal fragment. Furthermore, the effect of age, location of the fracture on the root, and observation period on mobility values was analyzed. Mobility values were measured for 44 of 95 previous reported root-fractured permanent incisors. Mobility changes were measured...... after 3 months and 1 year, and a normalization of mobility value was usually found after 5 and 10 years. In 17 cases of PDL healing, generally a higher mobility was found in comparison with root fractures healing with hard tissue, and a consistent decrease in mobility value was found in the course...

  7. Interactions between MSCs and Immune Cells: Implications for Bone Healing

    Tracy K. Kovach


    Full Text Available It is estimated that, of the 7.9 million fractures sustained in the United States each year, 5% to 20% result in delayed or impaired healing requiring therapeutic intervention. Following fracture injury, there is an initial inflammatory response that plays a crucial role in bone healing; however, prolonged inflammation is inhibitory for fracture repair. The precise spatial and temporal impact of immune cells and their cytokines on fracture healing remains obscure. Some cytokines are reported to be proosteogenic while others inhibit bone healing. Cell-based therapy utilizing mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs is an attractive option for augmenting the fracture repair process. Osteoprogenitor MSCs not only differentiate into bone, but they also exert modulatory effects on immune cells via a variety of mechanisms. In this paper, we review the current literature on both in vitro and in vivo studies on the role of the immune system in fracture repair, the use of MSCs in the enhancement of fracture healing, and interactions between MSCs and immune cells. Insight into this paradigm can provide valuable clues in identifying cellular and noncellular targets that can potentially be modulated to enhance both natural bone healing and bone repair augmented by the exogenous addition of MSCs.

  8. Carbon Dots as Fillers Inducing Healing/Self-Healing and Anticorrosion Properties in Polymers.

    Zhu, Cheng; Fu, Yijun; Liu, Changan; Liu, Yang; Hu, Lulu; Liu, Juan; Bello, Igor; Li, Hao; Liu, Naiyun; Guo, Sijie; Huang, Hui; Lifshitz, Yeshayahu; Lee, Shuit-Tong; Kang, Zhenhui


    Self-healing is the way by which nature repairs damage and prolongs the life of bio entities. A variety of practical applications require self-healing materials in general and self-healing polymers in particular. Different (complex) methods provide the rebonding of broken bonds, suppressing crack, or local damage propagation. Here, a simple, versatile, and cost-effective methodology is reported for initiating healing in bulk polymers and self-healing and anticorrosion properties in polymer coatings: introduction of carbon dots (CDs), 5 nm sized carbon nanocrystallites, into the polymer matrix forming a composite. The CDs are blended into polymethacrylate, polyurethane, and other common polymers. The healing/self-healing process is initiated by interfacial bonding (covalent, hydrogen, and van der Waals bonding) between the CDs and the polymer matrix and can be optimized by modifying the functional groups which terminate the CDs. The healing properties of the bulk polymer-CD composites are evaluated by comparing the tensile strength of pristine (bulk and coatings) composites to those of fractured composites that are healed and by following the self-healing of scratches intentionally introduced to polymer-CD composite coatings. The composite coatings not only possess self-healing properties but also have superior anticorrosion properties compared to those of the pure polymer coatings. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Bilateral Distal Radius Fracture in Third Trimester of Pregnancy with Accelerated Union: A Rare Case Report


    Bilateral distal radius fracture is a rare entity. There is no literature reporting a bilateral distal radius fracture in pregnancy. Fracture healing is influenced by hormones. Hormonal changes of pregnancy will affect the healing of a fracture. A 28-year-old female at 34 wk of pregnancy sustained a bilateral distal radius fracture after a self fall. One side was managed conservatively and open reduction was done for the other side. Both fractures united at four weeks. This case is unique in ...

  10. Multifunctional composites: Healing, heating and electromagnetic integration

    Plaisted, Thomas Anthony John


    Multifunctional materials, in the context of this research, integrate other functions into materials that foremost have outstanding structural integrity. Details of the integration of electromagnetic, heating, and healing functionalities into fiber-reinforced polymer composites are presented. As a result of fiber/wire integration through textile braiding and weaving, the dielectric constant of a composite may be tuned from negative to positive values. These wires are further leveraged to uniformly heat the composite through resistive heating. A healing functionality is introduced by utilizing a polymer matrix with the ability to heal internal cracking through thermally-reversible covalent bonds based on Diels-Alder cycloaddition. The Double Cleavage Drilled Compression (DCDC) specimen is applied to study the fracture and healing characteristics of the neat polymer. This method allows for quantitative evaluation of incremental crack growth, and ensures that the cracked sample remains in one piece after the test, improving the ability to re-align the fracture surfaces prior to healing. Initially, the fracture strength of PMMA is studied with various DCDC geometries to develop a model of the propagation of a crack within this type of specimen. Applied to the healable polymer (2MEP4F), repeated fracture-healing cycles demonstrate that treatment at temperatures between 85 to 95°C results in full fracture toughness recovery and no dimensional changes due to creep. The fracture toughness after each fracturing and healing cycle has been calculated, using the model, to yield a fracture toughness of about 0.71 MPa·m1/2 for this material at room temperature. Glass and carbon fiber-reinforced composites have been fabricated with the 2MEP4F polymer, and the ability of this polymer to heal microcracks in fiber-reinforced composites is demonstrated. Microcracks have been introduced into the composites by cryogenic cycling in liquid nitrogen, causing a reduction in the storage

  11. Forearm Fractures in Children

    ... secure them in place. Your doctor may recommend surgery if: Casts support and protect broken bones while they heal. Reproduced from Pring M, Chambers H: Pediatric forearm fractures. Orthopaedic Knowledge Online Journal 2007; 5(5). Accessed October 2014. • The bone ...

  12. Effects of ankle eversion taping using kinesiology tape in a patient with ankle inversion sprain.

    Lee, Sun-Min; Lee, Jung-Hoon


    [Purpose] The aim of this study was to report the effects of ankle eversion taping using kinesiology tape on ankle inversion sprain. [Subject] The subject was a 21-year-old woman with Grade 2 ankle inversion sprain. [Methods] Ankle eversion taping was applied to the sprained left ankle using kinesiology tape for 4 weeks (average, 15 h/day). [Results] Ankle instability and pain were reduced, and functional dynamic balance was improved after ankle eversion taping for 4 weeks. The Cumberland Ankle Instability Tool score and reach distances in the Y-Balance and lunge tests were increased. [Conclusion] Repeated ankle eversion taping may be an effective treatment intervention for ankle inversion sprain.

  13. The Incidence of Ankle Sprains in Orienteering.

    Ekstrand, Jan; And Others


    Investigates relationship between ankle sprains and participation time in competitive orienteering. Examined 15,474 competitors in races in the Swedish O-ringen 5-day event in 1987. Injuries requiring medical attention were analyzed, showing 137 (23.9 percent) ankle sprains. Injury incidence was 8.4/10,000 hours. Incidence of ankle sprains was…

  14. Acute Ankle Sprains in Primary Care

    R.M. van Rijn (Rogier)


    textabstractOf all injuries of the musculoskeletal system, 25% are acute lateral ankle sprains.1 In the USA and the UK there are about 23,000 and 5000 ankle sprains, respectively, each day. In the Netherlands approximately 600,000 people sustain an ankle injury each year, of those 120,000 occur duri

  15. Navicular Stress Fracture Outcomes in Athletes: Analysis of 62 Injuries.

    Saxena, Amol; Behan, Shontal A; Valerio, Dallas L; Frosch, Dominick L

    The optimal treatment modalities for navicular stress fractures in athletes is currently unknown for this season-ending injury. The present study evaluated factors that might be significant and affect healing outcomes, specifically focusing on the return to activity (RTA) time and a decreased desired activity (DDA) after treatment in athletes. Such considerations included previous navicular stress fractures, patient demographic data and type of sport, and initiation time of treatment. The data from 59 patients with 62 fractures were prospectively analyzed from May 2005 through July 2016. The results showed a significant correlation between a previous navicular stress fracture and decreased desired activity. The average duration of symptoms before receiving definitive treatment was 8.8 months. Computed tomography as the initial imaging modality correlated positively with a correct diagnosis (1.00). In contrast, magnetic resonance imaging, when used initially, was only 71% accurate. Runners constituted most of the cohort at 38 (61.3%). Ten other athletes were involved in jumping sports. Of the 62 injuries, 21 (33.9%) were in elite or professional athletes, all of whom were able to RTA, with 1 patient, a 38-year-old world record holding runner, having a DDA. Seven refractures (11.2%) occurred an average >5 years after the initial injury, predominantly in those aged <21 years, none with previous surgery. Eight patients (12.9%) developed postinjury arthrosis, including 1 with DDA. Patients who underwent open reduction and internal fixation had a RTA of 4.56 months compared with those who had undergone nonoperative treatment, who had an average RTA of 3.97 months. Seven patients (11.2%) underwent screw removal and required a longer RTA. Overall, of the 62 injuries, the patients with 57 of the injuries (91.9%) were able to RTA at their preinjury level. Copyright © 2017 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Dating fractures in infants

    Halliday, K.E., E-mail: [Department of Radiology, Nottingham University Hospitals, Queen' s Medical Centre, Nottingham (United Kingdom); Broderick, N.J.; Somers, J.M. [Department of Radiology, Nottingham University Hospitals, Queen' s Medical Centre, Nottingham (United Kingdom); Hawkes, R. [Department of Radiology, Paul O' Gorman Building, Bristol (United Kingdom)


    Aim: To document the timing of the appearance of the radiological features of fracture healing in a group of infants in which the date of injury was known and to assess the degree of interobserver agreement. Materials and methods: Three paediatric radiologists independently assessed 161 images of 37 long bone fractures in 31 patients aged 0-44 months. The following features were assessed: soft-tissue swelling, subperiosteal new bone formation (SPNBF), definition of fracture line, presence or absence of callus, whether callus was well or ill defined, and the presence of endosteal callus. Results: Agreement between observers was only moderate for all discriminators except SPNBF. SPNBF was invariably seen after 11 days but was uncommon before this time even in the very young. In one case SPNBF was seen at 4 days. Conclusion: With the exception of SPNBF, the criteria relied on to date fractures are either not reproducible or are poor discriminators of fracture age.

  17. Prevalence of Sarcopenia and Its Relationship with Sites of Fragility Fractures in Elderly Chinese Men and Women.

    Wei Hong

    Full Text Available Sarcopenia might be associated with bone fragility in elderly individuals. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of sarcopenia and its association with fragility fracture sites in elderly Chinese patients.Patients (322 men and 435 women aged 65-94 years and with a history of fragility fractures in the ankle, wrist, vertebrae or hip, and healthy men (n = 1263 and women (n = 1057 aged 65-92 years without a history of fractures were enrolled. Whole-body dual energy X-ray absorptiometry was used to analyze skeletal muscle mass index (SMI, fat mass and bone mineral density. Sarcopenia was defined as SMI less than two standard deviations below the mean of a young reference group.Sarcopenia occurrence varied with fracture location. Sarcopenia was more common in females with vertebral and hip fractures and in men with hip and ankle fractures than in the non-fracture group. Sarcopenia was significantly more prevalent in men with wrist, hip and ankle fractures than in women. SMI was correlated with BMD in different fracture groups. Logistic regression analyses revealed that lower SMI was associated with an increased risk of hip fracture both in men and women and ankle fracture in men.Sarcopenia may be an independent risk factor for hip and ankle fractures in men, and for hip fractures in women.

  18. Growth hormone does not stimulate early healing in rat tendons


    Growth Hormone stimulates bone growth and fracture repair. It acts mainly by increasing the systemic levels of IGF-1. Local treatment with IGF-1 appears to stimulate tendon healing. We therefore hypothesized that systemic treatment with Growth Hormone would also stimulate tendon healing. Rat Achilles tendons were transected and left to heal. 4 groups were studied. Intramuscular injections of botulinum toxin A (Botox) were used to reduce loading in 2 groups. The animals were randomized to twic...

  19. 不同治疗方式在旋后外旋型Ⅲ、Ⅳ度踝关节骨折中的应用%Application of different treatments in grade Ⅲ、 Ⅳ supinaiton-eversion ankle fractures



    目的 探讨不同治疗方式在旋后外旋型Ⅲ、Ⅳ度踝关节骨折中的应用.方法 选择我院收治的旋后外旋型Ⅲ、Ⅳ度踝关节骨折患者56例,根据治疗方式不同分为切开复位内固定的手术组以及手法复位石膏托外固定的保守治疗组,每组28例.对比2组患者Mazur评分、Leed评分及并发症发生情况.结果 Ⅲ度踝关节骨折手术治疗优良率为93.8%,显著高于保守组77.8% (P <0.05),差异有统计学意义.手术组Ⅳ度优良率为75%与保守组Ⅳ度优良率70%比较,差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).手术组Ⅲ度踝关节骨折治疗优良率为93.8%,保守组为83.3%,2组对比差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).手术组Ⅳ度优良率为83.3%与保守组Ⅳ度优良率70%对比,差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).手术组患者住院天数显著高于保守治疗组,2组对比差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).2组患者都并发创伤性关节炎,但并发症差别对比无统计学意义.结论 手术治疗及保守治疗对旋后外旋型Ⅲ、Ⅳ度踝关节骨折均有治疗效果,在Ⅲ度踝关节骨折中手术治疗效果更佳,而保守治疗住院天数少,治疗安全系数高.%Objective To investigate the application of different treatments in grade Ⅲ 、Ⅳ supinaiton-eversion ankle fractures. Methods According to different treatments,56 patients in our hospital were divided into the operative group,28 patients with open reduction and internal fixation,and the conservative group,28 patients with manual reduction and plaster immobilization. The Mazur score, Leed score and complications of the two groups were compared. Results Compared Mazur score of the two groups, the excellent and good rate of grade Ⅲ in the operative group is 93. 8% which is significantly higher than that in conservative group (77. 8% ) , the result has statistically significant difference(P 0. 05 ). Compared Leed score of the two groups, the excellent and good rate of grade

  20. Patient-specific finite element analysis of chronic contact stress exposure after intraarticular fracture of the tibial plafond.

    Li, Wendy; Anderson, Donald D; Goldsworthy, Jane K; Marsh, J Lawrence; Brown, Thomas D


    The role of altered contact mechanics in the pathogenesis of posttraumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA) following intraarticular fracture remains poorly understood. One proposed etiology is that residual incongruities lead to altered joint contact stresses that, over time, predispose to PTOA. Prevailing joint contact stresses following surgical fracture reduction were quantified in this study using patient-specific contact finite element (FE) analysis. FE models were created for 11 ankle pairs from tibial plafond fracture patients. Both (reduced) fractured ankles and their intact contralaterals were modeled. A sequence of 13 loading instances was used to simulate the stance phase of gait. Contact stresses were summed across loadings in the simulation, weighted by resident time in the gait cycle. This chronic exposure measure, a metric of degeneration propensity, was then compared between intact and fractured ankle pairs. Intact ankles had lower peak contact stress exposures that were more uniform and centrally located. The series-average peak contact stress elevation for fractured ankles was 38% (p = 0.0015; peak elevation was 82%). Fractured ankles had less area with low contact stress exposure than intact ankles and a greater area with high exposure. Chronic contact stress overexposures (stresses exceeding a damage threshold) ranged from near zero to a high of 18 times the matched intact value. The patient-specific FE models represent substantial progress toward elucidating the relationship between altered contact stresses and the outcome of patients treated for intraarticular fractures.

  1. Risk Factors for Open Malleolar Fractures: An Analysis of the National Trauma Data Bank (2007 to 2011).

    Shibuya, Naohiro; Liu, George T; Davis, Matthew L; Grossman, Jordan P; Jupiter, Daniel C


    A limited number of studies have described the epidemiology of open fractures, and the epidemiology of open ankle fractures is not an exception. Therefore, the risk factors associated with open ankle fractures have not been extensively evaluated. The frequencies and proportions of open ankle fractures among all the recorded malleolar fractures in the US National Trauma Data Bank data set from January 2007 to December 2011 were analyzed. Clinically relevant variables captured in the data set were also used to evaluate the risk factors associated with open ankle fractures, adjusting for other covariates. The entire cohort was further subdivided into "lower" and "higher" energy trauma groups and the same analysis performed for each group separately. We found that a body mass index of >40 kg/m(2) and farm location were risk factors for open ankle fractures and impaired sensorium was protective against open ankle fractures. In the "lower energy" group, male gender, alcohol use, peripheral vascular disease, other injuries, and injury occurring at a farm location were risk factors for open fractures. In the "higher energy" group, female gender, work-related injury, and injury at a farm or industry location demonstrated statistically significantly associations with open fractures.

  2. Gravity versus manual external rotation stress view in evaluating ankle stability: a prospective study.

    LeBa, Thu-Ba; Gugala, Zbigniew; Morris, Randal P; Panchbhavi, Vinod K


    The purpose of this prospective study was to determine whether gravity versus manual external rotation stress testing effectively detects widening of the medial clear space in isolated ankle fractures when compared with the uninjured contralateral side. Manual external rotation stress and gravity stress tests were performed on injured and uninjured ankles of ankle fracture patients in a clinic setting. Medial clear space measurements were recorded and differences between gravity and manual stress views were determined. Twenty consecutive patients with ankle injury were enrolled in the study. When compared with the uninjured side, gravity stress views showed a statistically significant (P = .017) increase in medial clear space widening (1.85 ± 1.07 mm) compared with manual stress view widening (1.35 ± 1.04 mm). This study suggests that gravity stress views are as effective as manual external rotation stress views in detecting medial clear space widening in isolated fibular fractures. Diagnostic, Level II: Prospective, comparative trial. © 2014 The Author(s).

  3. Concomitant Contracture of the Knee and Ankle Joint After Gastrocnemius Muscle Rupture: A Case Report.

    Ryu, Dong Jin; Kim, Joon Mee; Kim, Bom Soo

    Injury of the medial head of the gastrocnemius, also called "tennis leg," is known to heal uneventfully in most cases with compression and immobilization therapy. Failure to heal or long-term complications, including ongoing pain and pes equinus, have been documented in only a limited number of case reports. To the best of our knowledge, a severe concomitant contracture of the knee and ankle joint as a consequence of a maltreated gastrocnemius muscle rupture has not been previously reported in English-language reports. The purpose of the present study was to report a serious complication of neglected tennis leg with a review of the published data. Copyright © 2016 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Ankle inversion taping using kinesiology tape for treating medial ankle sprain in an amateur soccer player.

    Lee, Sun-Min; Lee, Jung-Hoon


    [Purpose] The purpose of this study was to report the effects of ankle inversion taping using kinesiology tape in a patient with a medial ankle sprain. [Subject] A 28-year-old amateur soccer player suffered a Grade 2 medial ankle sprain during a match. [Methods] Ankle inversion taping was applied to the sprained ankle every day for 2 months. [Results] His symptoms were reduced after ankle inversion taping application for 2 months. The self-reported function score, the reach distances in the Star Excursion Balance Test, and the weight-bearing ankle dorsiflexion were increased. [Conclusion] This study showed that ankle inversion taping using kinesiology tape may be an effective therapy for a patient with a medial ankle sprain.

  5. Pedicular stress fracture in the lumbar spine

    Chong, V.F.H.; Htoo, M.M. [Singapore General Hospital, Singapore, (Singapore). Department of Diagnostic Radiology


    Spondylolisthesis with or without spondylolysis is common in the lumbar spine. Associated fracture in the pedicle (`pediculolysis`) is unusual. The margins of pedicular stress fractures, like spondylolysis, usually appear sclerotic. A patient with a pedicular stress fracture with minimal marginal sclerosis suggesting an injury of recent onset is presented here. There was associated bilateral spondylolysis. The findings in this patient suggest that established pediculolysis probably represents a stress fracture that has failed to heal. (authors). 10 refs., 2 figs.

  6. Damage to the Superficial Peroneal Nerve in Operative Treatment of Fibula Fractures: Straight to the Bone? Case Report and Review of the Literature

    J.A. Halm (Jens); T. Schepers (Tim)


    textabstractAnkle fractures are a significant part of the lower extremity trauma seen in the emergency department. Neurologic complications of ankle fracture surgery are infrequently described but account for significant morbidity. The risk of nerve injury is increased for the Blair and Botte type B

  7. The distal blood pressure predicts healing of amputations on the feet

    Holstein, P


    The healing of digital and transmetatarsal forefoot amputations was compared with the systolic digital and ankle blood pressure, both measured with a strain-gauge, and with the skin perfusion pressure on the forefoot measured with the isotope washout technique. In 85 out of 134 legs (63 per cent)...... 20-29 mm Hg: 13 out of 22; SDBP greater than or equal to 30 mm Hg: 51 out of 65. Ankle pressures and skin perfusion pressures were less useful. Invasive infection was present in 40 out of 102 diabetic legs and, next to ischaemia, was the major determinant of the healing results....

  8. Osteotomies for the Management of Charcot Neuroarthropathy of the Foot and Ankle.

    Scott, Ryan T; DeCarbo, William T; Hyer, Christopher F


    Patients with diabetic neuropathy that develop unstable Charcot neuroarthropathy not only have an autoimmune disease that prolongs the healing process, they also often have an inability to maintain a non-weight bearing status. Charcot neuroarthopathy is often devastating to the structure and stability of the foot and ankle. This disease may require permanent bracing, reconstructive surgical stabilization, and in some cases lower leg amputation. Successful management of Charcot neuroarthopathy requires diligence and surveillance by physician and patient alike.

  9. The distal blood pressure predicts healing of amputations on the feet

    Holstein, P


    The healing of digital and transmetatarsal forefoot amputations was compared with the systolic digital and ankle blood pressure, both measured with a strain-gauge, and with the skin perfusion pressure on the forefoot measured with the isotope washout technique. In 85 out of 134 legs (63 per cent......) the amputation healed. The frequency of healing correlated statistically significantly with all three measures of distal blood pressures, the closest correlation being with the systolic digital blood pressure (SDBP). As measured in 110 cases the healing rates were: SDBP less than 20 mm Hg: four out of 23; SDBP...


    Neelu Prasad


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND The ankle joint is one of the most frequently injured joint. A sprained ankle results due to tear of anterior talofibular and calcaneofibular ligaments when the foot is twisted in lateral direction. In forcible eversion of the foot, the deltoid ligament may be torn. At times, the deltoid ligament pulls the medial malleolus thereby causing avulsion fracture of the malleolus. The strong eversion pull on the deltoid ligament causes transverse fracture of medial malleolus. If the tibia is carried anteriorly, the posterior margin of the distal end of the tibia is also broken by the talus producing a trimalleolar fracture. The talocrural joint is a major weight bearing joint of the body. The weight of the body is transmitted from the tibia and fibula to the talus which distributes the weight anteriorly and posteriorly within the foot. One sixth of the static load of the leg is carried by the fibula at the tibiofibular joint. These require a high degree of stability which is determined by the passive and dynamic factors. A sprained ankle results due to tear of anterior talofibular and calcaneofibular ligaments when the foot is twisted in lateral direction. In forcible eversion of the foot, the deltoid ligament may be torn. At times, the deltoid ligament pulls the medial malleolus thereby causing avulsion fracture of the malleolus. The strong eversion pull on the deltoid ligament causes transverse fracture of medial malleolus. If the tibia is carried anteriorly, the posterior margin of the distal end of the tibia is also broken by the talus producing a trimalleolar fracture. Conventionally, X-ray techniques have been used to diagnose ligament injuries. Magnetic resonance (MR imaging has opened new horizons in the diagnosis and treatment of many musculoskeletal diseases of the ankle and foot. It demonstrates abnormalities in the bones and soft tissues before they become evident at other imaging modalities. The anatomy of the deltoid ligament

  11. The Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement and the ideal biomechanical requirements of ankle replacements.

    Robati, Shibby; Salih, Alan; Ghosh, Koushik; Vinayakam, Parthiban


    The complex anatomy of the articular bone surfaces, ligaments, tendon attachments and muscles makes the ankle joint difficult to replicate in prosthetic replacements. Ever since the early 1970s, which saw the dawn of the first total ankle replacements, there have been numerous other attempts at replicating the joint, often with poor clinical outcomes. The anatomy of the ankle is discussed, followed by evidence of the normal ankle biomechanics and the ideal requirements of an ankle replacement. We focus on the Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement and evaluate whether these requirements have been met.

  12. A unified theory of bone healing and nonunion: BHN theory.

    Elliott, D S; Newman, K J H; Forward, D P; Hahn, D M; Ollivere, B; Kojima, K; Handley, R; Rossiter, N D; Wixted, J J; Smith, R M; Moran, C G


    This article presents a unified clinical theory that links established facts about the physiology of bone and homeostasis, with those involved in the healing of fractures and the development of nonunion. The key to this theory is the concept that the tissue that forms in and around a fracture should be considered a specific functional entity. This 'bone-healing unit' produces a physiological response to its biological and mechanical environment, which leads to the normal healing of bone. This tissue responds to mechanical forces and functions according to Wolff's law, Perren's strain theory and Frost's concept of the "mechanostat". In response to the local mechanical environment, the bone-healing unit normally changes with time, producing different tissues that can tolerate various levels of strain. The normal result is the formation of bone that bridges the fracture - healing by callus. Nonunion occurs when the bone-healing unit fails either due to mechanical or biological problems or a combination of both. In clinical practice, the majority of nonunions are due to mechanical problems with instability, resulting in too much strain at the fracture site. In most nonunions, there is an intact bone-healing unit. We suggest that this maintains its biological potential to heal, but fails to function due to the mechanical conditions. The theory predicts the healing pattern of multifragmentary fractures and the observed morphological characteristics of different nonunions. It suggests that the majority of nonunions will heal if the correct mechanical environment is produced by surgery, without the need for biological adjuncts such as autologous bone graft. Cite this article: Bone Joint J 2016;98-B:884-91.

  13. Subtrochanteric femur fracture after removal of screws for femoral neck fracture in a child.

    Song, Kwang Soon; Lee, Si Wook


    Displaced femoral neck fractures are rare in children and are associated with a high rate of complications. Subtrochanteric fractures after cannulated screw fixation of femoral neck fractures in adults are well recognized, and there are several reports on the topic. However, there ar