Non-union in osteogenesis imperfecta

Agarwal, Vineet and Joseph, Benjamin (2005) Non-union in osteogenesis imperfecta. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B , 14 (6). pp. 451-455.

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A retrospective study of 44 patients with osteogenesis imperfecta treated over a 14-year period was undertaken to determine the frequency and pattern of non-unions of long bones in these patients. Nine non-unions were encountered in eight patients. Four of these non-unions developed at sites of osteotomies performed at the time of intramedullary rodding. These children have remained asymptomatic, however, without appreciable limitations in spite of the non-union. Five atrophic or gap non-unions that occurred in the humerus were following inadequately treated fractures. These children were disabled on account of the non-unions. In three patients all attempts at obtaining union failed. The other two patients were braced. We conclude that non-union in osteogenesis imperfecta is not a very rare phenomenon. We also recommend that all fractures in children with osteogenesis imperfecta must be treated with appropriate immobilization to prevent a gap non-union developing, since gap non-unions are exceedingly difficult to treat.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: osteogenesis imperfecta, non-union, gap non-union, intramedullary implants
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Orthopaedics
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2012 09:08
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2012 09:08

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