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Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 1999 August;50(4):159-68

Copyright © 1999 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

False aneurysm in posterior tibial artery as complication in external fixation technique. A case report

Peretti G. M., Razza F., Mac’as G., Lastroni G.


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Personal experience in one case of false aneurysm as complication of external fixation technique in the treatment of psedoarthrosis is reported. A 36-year-old man developed a psedoarthrosis in the posterior tibial artery after two months of treatment of type III psedoarthrosis with Ilizarov-like device. This study highlights the risk in developing this complication when external stabilizer is applied to a limb with a long surgical history, with alteration of the vascular anatomy of the district. The importance of arteriography is also stressed as a diagnostic exam and preventive tool for the study of that particular vascular district. Moreover, different treatment options are presented for this complication.

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