Non-union in osteogenesis imperfecta

Vineet Agarwal, Benjamin Joseph

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Abstract

A retrospective study of 44 patients with osteogenesis imperfecta treated over a 14-year period was undertaken to determine the frequency and pattern of non-unions of long bones in these patients. Nine non-unions were encountered in eight patients. Four of these non-unions developed at sites of osteotomies performed at the time of intramedullary rodding. These children have remained asymptomatic, however, without appreciable limitations in spite of the non-union. Five atrophic or gap non-unions that occurred in the humerus were following inadequately treated fractures. These children were disabled on account of the non-unions. In three patients all attempts at obtaining union failed. The other two patients were braced. We conclude that non-union in osteogenesis imperfecta is not a very rare phenomenon. We also recommend that all fractures in children with osteogenesis imperfecta must be treated with appropriate immobilization to prevent a gap non-union developing, since gap non-unions are exceedingly difficult to treat.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-455
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Part B
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2005
Externally publishedYes

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Osteogenesis Imperfecta
Disabled Children
Humerus
Osteotomy
Immobilization
Retrospective Studies
Bone and Bones

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Agarwal, Vineet ; Joseph, Benjamin. / Non-union in osteogenesis imperfecta. In: Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Part B. 2005 ; Vol. 14, No. 6. pp. 451-455.
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