Total extrusion of the talus without recovery of the bone is a very unusual injury. The authors present a case of a 25-year-old man who sustained an open total enucleation of the talus in a motorcycle accident. The talus was not recovered at the scene of the accident. An immediate tibiocalcaneal stabilization was performed by using an external fixator. In the postoperative period, a polymicrobic infection was observed and treated with parenteral antibiotics. Nine months after injury, the patient developed an infection of both the empty space and the distal third of the tibia. A wound debridement with tibial sequestrectomy and insertion of gentamicin-impregnated polymethylmethacrylate beads was performed. Three months later, after multiple negative bacteriologic examinations, a tibiocalcaneal arthrodesis with staples and autogenous bone graft was performed. Because of a pseudoarthrosis, the patient underwent a revision of the arthrodesis by retrograde tibiocalcaneal nailing, achieving clinical and radiographic success. The definitive treatment of total enucleation of the talus is still controversial because of its rarity and the high rate of complications, such as avascular necrosis, osteomyelitis, and ankle stiffness. In this case, without recovery of the talus, retrograde nailing afforded good stability by bypassing the bone defects.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2004|
|Titolo:||Total extrusion of the talus: A case report|
|Rivista:||THE JOURNAL OF FOOT AND ANKLE SURGERY|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1053/j.jfas.2004.07.008|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-5044229934|
|Parole Chiave:||total talar extrusion; open fracture; retrograde nailing|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Articolo su Rivista|