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ACE Report #207
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No clinical benefit with the use of HA-coated pins in external fixation of the wrist


Study Type:Therapy
OE Level Evidence:2
Journal Level of Evidence:N/A

Hydroxyapatite-coated pins versus titanium alloy pins in external fixation at the wrist: A controlled cohort study

J Trauma. 2011 Apr;70(4):845-51.

Contributing Authors: O Pieske L Pichlmaier F Kaltenhauser N Schramm B Rubenbauer A Greiner S Piltz

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Synopsis

40 patients with unstable wrist fracture to be treated with external fixators were randomized for the use of titanium pins (TI) or Hydroxyapatite-coated titanium pins (HA). Clinical evaluation of pin site with regard to erythema, drainage, pain value and radiological assessment for loosening at T1 (mean, 9 days), T2 (mean, 43 days), and T3 (mean, 56 days) was conducted. In the case of infection, a...

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