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Journal of the Korean Society for Surgery of the Hand 2007;16(1):6-13.
Published online May 31, 2007.
Vascularized Fibular Graft in the Treatment of Intractable Infected Nonunion of Femur: 3 Cases
Duke Whan Chung, M.D., Chung Soo Han, M.D., Bi O Jeong, M.D., Dong Hyuk So, M.D.
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea. CShan29@khmc.or.kr
생비골 이식술을 통한 대퇴골의 난치성 감염성 불유합의 치료 - 3예 보고 -
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Purpose: To report the clinical results of the vascularized fibular graft in the treatment of intractable infected nonunion of femur.
Materials and Methods: We reviewed 3 patients who were performed vascularized fibular graft in treated for intractable infected nonunion of femur. They had received an average of 5.6 times(4~8 times) surgical treatment at different hospitals. 1 case was of a infected nonunion in a fracture treated with internal fixation, the fracture having occurred after resection of a malignant tumor and transplantation of pasteurized autologous bone. 2 cases occurred after internal fixation in closed fractures. Surgical treatment was performed an average of 4 times(3~5 times) at our hospital and in all of the cases debridement of necrotic tissue and sequestrectomy. And vascularized fibular graft was performed. In all cases unilateral external fixation devices were used, of these, 1 case was changed into internal fixation. The final conclusion was made by assessment of functional outcomes and complications according to the standards of Paley.
Results: As a result, in all of the cases bone union was achieved, and in the last follow up the functional results were excellent in 2 cases and good in 1 case. There were not presented leg length discrepancy of more than 2 cm, and further loss of knee joint motion. After previous treatment, average 23.3 months(16~30 months) was taken to eliminate infection and achieve complete bone union via vascularized fibular graft in our hospital.
Conclusion: In treatment of intractable infected nonunion of femur, fairly good results can be expected after firm fixation, through debridement and vascularized fibular graft.
Key Words: Femur, Infected nonunion, Vascularized fibular graft

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