Functional Outcome of Forearm Rodding in Children With Osteogenesis Imperfecta

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The impact of corrective forearm surgery on functional ability in children with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) has not previously been reported. This study addresses this issue.


A retrospective chart review was conducted on 19 children with OI who underwent 22 corrective forearm procedures between 1996 and 2013. Functional ability was assessed preoperatively and every year postoperatively using the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI).


The mean PEDI self-care score increased by 6.8 (P=0.017) and the mean PEDI mobility score increased by 7.2 (P=0.020) at 1-year postsurgery. Functional gains were greater in moderate OI (types IV, V, and VI) than in severe OI (type III). Improved function was maintained in the majority of cases at a mean of 8.9 years postcorrection.


Corrective forearm surgery in children with OI leads to improved functional ability.

Level of Evidence:

Level IV.

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