The treatment of open distal tibia fractures remains challenging, particularly when the fracture involves severe soft tissue damage and segmental bone loss. We present the case of a 33-year-old woman who sustained an open distal tibia fracture type 43-A3.3, with segmental bone loss, and a closed bifocal fibular fracture. The fractures were initially fixed with a temporary external fixator. The open distal tibial fracture underwent an intramedullary nailing on day six post-trauma, while the segmental bone loss was refilled with a temporary cement spacer, in order to create a biologic chamber, according to the technique by Masquelet et al. At three months post-trauma, the temporary cement spacer was removed and the bone loss was filled with an autologous bone graft obtained with the Reaming Irrigation Aspiration (RIA) system. The fracture successfully healed at 13 months post-trauma. Masquelet technique, in association with the RIA system, represents a valid strategy in the treatment of non-infected open complex fracture of the distal tibia with severe bone and soft tissue loss.
|Titolo:||The Masquelet technique in the treatment of a non-infected open complex fracture of the distal tibia with severe bone and soft tissue loss: A case report.|
MORETTI, Biagio (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|