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CT based management of high energy tibial plateau fractures: A retrospective review of 53 cases

Publication Type : Journal Article

Source : J ClinOrthop Trauma. 2019 Jan-Feb;10(1):201-208

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Campus : Faridabad

Year : 2019

Abstract : Objectives: The management of high energy tibial plateau fractures is a surgical challenge. Recently described Luo's classification is based on CT scans and is more objective with a better inter-observer agreement as compare to Schatzker and AO/OTA classifications. We describe the functional results of a series of 53 cases classified and managed according to the Luo's column concept. Methods: A retrospective review of 53 high energy tibial plateau fractures, operated between January 2012 and March 2015 at a Level I trauma center, was performed. CT scans were used to classify these injuries based on the number of columns involved. Plating configuration and surgical approach were chosen based on the number of independent articular fragments on axial sections at the level of fibular head. Results: 1 one-column, 51 two-column and 1 three-column fractures were studied. Triple plating was done in 5 patients. Mean follow-up was 2.7 years and mean Insall Knee score was 95.42. Four patients had varus malalignment and 1 had joint depression in the post-operative period. These were due to imperfect reduction during the surgery itself, and no case of late collapse was detected. Conclusion: Utilizing Luo's classification for treating these complex injuries will assist in better understanding of fracture pattern and hence help in achieving a better functional outcome. Each fractured column needs to be independently addressed.

Cite this Research Publication : Trikha V, Gaba S, Agrawal P, Das S, Kumar A, Chowdhury B. CT based management of high energy tibial plateau fractures: A retrospective review of 53 cases. J ClinOrthop Trauma. 2019 Jan-Feb;10(1):201-208. doi: 10.1016/j.jcot.2017.11.005

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