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Femoral Lengthening by Ilizarov Technique: Results and Complications

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Author(s): Altaf A. Kawoosa, Suhail Majid, Manzoor A. Halwai, Mohd. Ramzan Mir, G.R. Mir

Journal: JK Science : Journal of Medical Education & Research
ISSN 0972-1177

Volume: 6;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 163;
Date: 2004;
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Keywords: Ilizarov Technique | Femoral lengthening

ABSTRACT
Femoral lengthening using Ilizarov technique was performed in ten patients comprising of 6 femalesand 4 males in an age group of 10-19 years with an average shortening of 6.8 cms. The etiology ofshortening was post-infective in 8 patients and post-traumatic in two patients. The desired lengthwas achieved in six patients and in four patients the final limb length discrepancy ranged between 1to 3 cms. The total duration of external fixation ranged from 24 weeks to 90 weeks with an averagehealing index of 6.23 weeks/cm. There were 10 problems and 2 true complications. Temporarydecrease in knee range of motion was a common difficulty encountered during lengthening. Resultswere rated as excellent in five, good in two, fair in two and poor in one patient.
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