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MINERVA ORTOPEDICA E TRAUMATOLOGICA
A Journal on Orthopedics and Traumatology
BONE AND JOINT DEFORMITIES - SCIENTIFIC PAPERS 100° CONGRESS OF THE PIEMONTESE-LIGURIAN-LOMBARD SOCIETY OF ORTHOPAEDICS AND TRAUMATOLOGY (S.P.L.L.O.T.) - Pavia, June 20-21, 2003
Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2003 April;54(2):125-30
Correction of axial deformities of limbs in subjects in developmental age by means of hemichondrodiatasis
Biasibetti A., Muratore M., Santoro D., Oprandi G., Di Gregorio G.
Unità Dipartimentale di Traumatologia Muscolo-Scheletrica e di Fissazione Esterna, I Clinica Ortopedica e Traumatologica dell’Università degli Studi di Torino, CTO, Torino
De Bastiani was the first to introduce the term “hemichondrodiatasis” to describe a technique of closed, gradual, controlled, asymmetric distraction of the growth plate to correct angular deviations in the meta-epiphyseal region of limbs by the application of axial monolateral external fixator. From 1983 to 1999, we performed 19 hemichondrodiatasis in 15 patients (8 affected by post-traumatic deformities and 7 by congenital ones), obtaining 15 complete corrections of the deformities, 2 uncomplete corrections and 2 unsuccessful treatments. Nine patients (13 of 17 fully performed hemichondrodiatasis) were re-examined; the longest follow-up was 12 years, the shortest 22 months.