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The Use of Distraction Osteogenesis and a Taylor Spatial Frame in the Treatment of a Tibial Shaft Nonunion and Deformity in a Pediatric Patient with Osteopetrosis

A Case Report

Catanzano, Anthony A. Jr., MD1; Fitch, Robert D., MD1

doi: 10.2106/JBJS.CC.17.00322
Case Reports

Case: Osteopetrosis is a heritable disease that causes brittle bones that are prone to fracture. Furthermore, these brittle bones have a poor healing response and a high risk of subsequent refracture. Many treatment strategies have been described for initial fracture stabilization; however, there is a paucity of literature describing treatment of refractures and subsequent deformity. We present the long-term results of a unique case in which we used a circular external fixator, the TAYLOR SPATIAL FRAME (Smith & Nephew), to correct a deformity in a patient with osteopetrosis who suffered multiple refractures of the tibia.

Conclusion: We propose the potential use of distraction osteogenesis as an option for fracture and deformity treatment in patients with osteopetrosis.

1Department of Orthopaedics, Duke University Health System, Durham, North Carolina

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