Management of pediatric open tibia fractures with supracutaneous locked plates

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We evaluated the novel application of supracutaneous locked plates in pediatric open tibia fractures. Pediatric open tibia fractures stabilized with a locked supracutaneous plate from January 2011 to December 2014 were reviewed. Twenty-eight children, mean age 8.9 years, with 29 open tibia fractures were included. Nine of these children who had metaphyseal or metadiaphyseal fractures did not require joint spanning. The mean follow-up duration was 13.5 months. The mean time to uneventful union was 11.46 weeks, with no unacceptable malunion. Supracutaneous locked plates showed early union and no refractures. They could favorably replace tubular external fixators in stabilizing pediatric open tibia fractures.

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