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Comparison of Plate versus Intramedullary Nail Fixation for Distal Tibia Shaft Fractures


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

Randomized, Prospective Comparison of Plate versus Intramedullary Nail Fixation for Distal Tibia Shaft Fractures

J Orthop Trauma; 2011; 25(12):736-741

Contributing Authors: Heather A Vallier Beth Ann Cureton Brendan M Patterson

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Synopsis

104 patients with extra-articular distal tibia fractures were randomized to receive either reamed intramedullary nail or a large fragment medial plate. Results from 12 month follow-up indicated that each group had 6 patients that developed deep infection. In addition, there was a trend towards greater rates of non-union in the nail group. Lastly, the rate of primary angular malalignment of 5 degre...

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