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Differential Lengthening of the Radius and Ulna Using the Ilizarov Method

Huang, Shier C. M.D.; Kuo, Ken N. M.D.*

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics: May/June 1998 - Volume 18 - Issue 3 - pp 370-373
Limb-Length Discrepancy

Three patients with relative length discrepancy between the radius and ulna and with wrist angular deformity are reported. The Ilizarov apparatus was used for correction of the deformity by differential lengthening of the radius and ulna. The total lengthening percentages ranged from 21 to 52%. All patients obtained a good functional result after surgery with full range of motion of fingers and moderate loss of wrist range of motion in two patients. All patients were able to achieve primary bone healing.

From National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; *Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Rush University, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Study conducted at National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, and Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. K. N. Kuo, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, 1725 W. Harrison St., Suite 1063, Chicago, IL 60612, U.S.A.

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