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Techniques in Orthopaedics:
doi: 10.1097/BTO.0000000000000049
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A Novel Percutaneous Technique for Reducing the Posterior Malleolar Fragment in Ankle Fractures

Metcalfe, David BSc, LLB, MRCS*,†; Isaac, Sherif FRCS(Orth); Krkovic, Matija MD

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Abstract

Large posterior malleolar fragments should be fixed in the context of complex ankle fractures. Although this is typically achieved using an open posterolateral approach to the ankle, our case illustrates a novel percutaneous technique for reducing the posterior malleolar fragment. A good reduction was achieved and the patient was satisfied with his clinical outcome. At 13 weeks follow-up, reduction was maintained and there was radiographic evidence of fracture union. In complex ankle fractures, the posterior malleolus can be satisfactorily reduced percutaneously without need for open reduction.

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