The tibia is the most commonly fractured long bone. Tibia fractures are simple, and most are amenable to immediate closed reduction. Reported cases of irreducibility resulting from entrapment of soft-tissue structures are rare. We report the case of a 23-year-old man who, in a high-speed motor vehicle crash, sustained a closed lower leg fracture that was later found to have a unique pattern in which the fibula was entrapped in the medullary cavity of the tibia. Limited open reduction was performed, and the entrapped distal fibula was removed with use of a bone hook. The tibia was reduced, and a nail placed in standard fashion. The postoperative course leading to full recovery was unremarkable. This irreducible fracture pattern, not previously reported, should be considered during difficult closed reductions in order to prevent unnecessary neurovascular or bony injury.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||American journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.)|
|State||Published - May 1 2017|
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