Combined circular external fixation and flexible intramedullary nailing for pediatric bilateral open tibia fractures in blast injury

F Sala, M Domenicucci, A M Thabet, M A Agus, D Capitani, G M Peretti

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Abstract

Management of blast injuries with open fractures and extensive soft tissue damage in pediatric patients is a challenging task even in experienced hands. This article reports the case of an 8-year-old boy with bilateral open tibia fractures and soft tissue loss due to the accidental explosion of a skyrocket. After the emergency procedures with lavage, debridement and temporary bone stabilization, we performed the definitive reconstruction surgery using a combined circular external fixation and flexible intramedullary nailing technique on both legs. This technique allowed easy access to the wounds for plastic surgery procedures and early bilateral weight bearing. All implants were removed within 6 months, the fractures healed with good axial alignment and the patient returned to his preinjury activities one year after the trauma. In this case, the combined use of circular external fixation and flexible intramedullary nailing ensured optimal fractures stabilization, minimizing the damage to the soft tissues and the obstruction for plastic surgeons. We believe that this technique should be considered in pediatric patients with open fractures of the lower limbs and extensive soft tissue injuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-236. Congress of the Italian Orthopaedic Research Society
JournalJournal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Volume34
Issue number4 Suppl. 3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 3 2020

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