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Use of hexapod frame in tibial nonunion linked with union, infection eradication

July 31, 2017

Use of a hexapod frame led to union and infection eradication among patients with an infected tibial nonunion with bone loss, according to results.

Researchers measured age, sex, diabetes, smoking, use of a free flap, bone defect size, time in the frame, external fixation index and direction of lengthening in 75 patients (76% were male) with infected post-traumatic nonunions of the tibia and underwent resection of nonunion with application of stacked hexapod frame for bone transport. Researchers also recorded removal of the frame, below-knee amputation and adjunctive stability, and evaluated location of nonunion, timing of adjunctive stabilization and type of fixation.

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