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The successful treatment of genu recurvatum as a complication following eight-Plate epiphysiodesis in a 10-year-old girl: a case report with a 3.5-year follow-up

Kievit, Arthur J.a; van Duijvenbode, Dennis C.b; Stavenuiter, Michel H.J.b

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B: July 2013 - Volume 22 - Issue 4 - p 318–321
doi: 10.1097/BPB.0b013e3283623b2c

We report a case of genu recurvatum following eight-Plate epiphysiodesis and the successful treatment of this complication. A 10-year-old patient underwent epiphysiodesis of the knee with eight-Plates. She was followed up and genu recurvatum developed as a complication. At the 12-month follow-up after epiphysiodesis, the treated knee showed a flexion of 135° and an extension of 35°. Lateral radiograph evaluation showed an extension change of the femur. During reoperation, the eight-Plates were repositioned more posterior, which resulted in successful treatment of the hyperextension. Eight-Plates can lead to (treatable) articular surface angle changes in the sagittal plane.

aDepartment of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Research Center Amsterdam (ORCA), Amsterdam Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam

bDepartment of Orthopaedic Surgery, Center for Orthopaedic Research Alkmaar (CORAL), Medical Center Alkmaar, Alkmaar, The Netherlands

Correspondence to Arthur J. Kievit, MD, MSc, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Research Center Amsterdam (ORCA), Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Room G4-242, Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands Tel: +31 205 667 736; fax: +31 205 669 117; e-mail:

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