Physeal and Subphyseal Distraction Osteogenesis in Atrophic-type Congenital Pseudarthrosis of the Tibia: Efficacy and Safety

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Abstract

Purpose:

To examine the efficacy, safety, and clinical outcomes of distraction osteogenesis through the physis (PDO) or through subphyseal osteotomy (SPDO) in patients with atrophic-type congenital pseudarthrosis of tibia with proximal tibial dysplasia.

Methods:

To validate the efficacy and safety of PDO and SPDO, radiographic and clinical parameters were compared between 5 patients who underwent proximal tibial metaphyseal or metadiaphyseal lengthening as a control (group 1) and 7 patients who underwent PDO or SPDO (group 2). Postoperative complication was also compared between the groups.

Results:

A significant difference in terms of healing index (group 1, 83.3±24.7 d/cm; group 2, 35.0±11.1 d/cm; P=0.001) and percentage increase (11.0%±3.7% vs. 23.1%±10.5%, P=0.034) was observed between the 2 groups. According to the Paley classification, group 1 included 1 “problems” case and 3 “obstacles” cases, whereas group 2 included 2 “problems” cases and 1 “obstacles” case. According to the Lascombes classification, group 1 included 2 grade IIIb cases and 3 grade IV cases, whereas group 2 included 6 grade I cases and 1 grade IIa case. Severe complications were significantly higher in group 1 compared with the group 2 (P=0.007).

Conclusions:

This study demonstrated that PDO or SPDO can be effectively and safely performed for tibial lengthening in atrophic-type congenital pseudarthrosis of tibia patients with proximal tibial dysplasia.

Level of Evidence:

Level III.

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