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Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 95–101

First Online: 15 December 2013Received: 01 February 2013Accepted: 02 December 2013


BackgroundManagement of distal tibial tumours with limb salvage surgery poses a challenge for the orthopaedic surgeon. This study was done to evaluate the results of fibular centralisation as a technique to reconstruct defects that occurred after resection at this site.

Materials and methodsNine patients with a mean age of 23.2 years range 17–34 with diagnosis of osteosarcoma in four patients, Ewing’s sarcoma in two, giant cell tumour in two and chondrosarcoma in one patient underwent surgical treatment for tumour in the distal tibia. All patients had wide resection of the tumour and ankle arthrodesis with centralisation of the fibula. Patients were assessed clinico-radiologically for bone union, infection and complications. The final functional outcome was estimated according to Musculoskeletal Tumor Society MSTS scores.

ResultsThe mean age at the time of surgery was 23.2 years 17–34. There were five females and four males. The mean follow-up was 37 months range 28–54 months. One of the patients with osteosarcoma had a recurrence a year after limb salvage surgery, underwent above-knee amputation, and died 18 months later due to metastasis. One patient developed leg length discrepancy. The mean MSTS score was 22.75 range 17–27.

ConclusionFibular centralisation is a durable reconstruction tool for defects of the distal tibial metaphysis with an acceptable functional outcome. It is an inexpensive and simple procedure, with a low rate of late complications, and reproducible results.

Level of evidenceIV Retrospective case series.

KeywordsAnkle fusion Distal tibial tumours Centralisation of fibula Limb salvage surgery  Download fulltext PDF

Autor: Zile Singh Kundu - Paritosh Gogna - Vinay Gupta - Rohit Singla - Sukhbir Singh Sangwan - Mukul Mohindra - Amanpreet Singh


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