Free vascularized fibular bone grafts were used in nineteen children, seen consecutively, who had congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia. The average age was 5.1 years (range, 1.4 to 11.4 years). Sixteen of the patients had been treated with electrical stimulation for at least one year, and the tibia had not united. All but four patients had had at least one previous oprative procedure. At an average follow-up of 6.3 years (range, 2.0 to 11.0 years), eighteen (95 per cent) of the nineteen pseudarthroses had healed. The leg-length discrepancy averaged 1.6 centimeters (range, 0 to 4.0 centimeters), but ten tibiae had residual or progressive valgus or antero-posterior malalignment despite bracing. There was minimum morbidity at the donor site.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine