Lower Leg Fracture Irreducibility Resulting From Entrapment of the Fibula Within the Tibial Shaft

Travis M. Hughes, Flynn A. Rowan, Lisa M. Truchan

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Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E160-E162
JournalAmerican journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.)
Volume46
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2017

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