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VOLUME 18 , ISSUE 3 ( September-December, 2023 ) > List of Articles


Modified Masquelet Technique and Primary Tibial Metaphyseal Shortening for the Management of Proximal Tibial-infected Non-union in a Patient with Alcohol-induced Neuropathy: A Case Study

Ahmed Nageeb Mahmoud, John Tracy Watson, Daniel S Horwitz

Keywords : Alcohol, Infected non-union, Masquelet, Neuropathy, Tibia

Citation Information : Mahmoud AN, Watson JT, Horwitz DS. Modified Masquelet Technique and Primary Tibial Metaphyseal Shortening for the Management of Proximal Tibial-infected Non-union in a Patient with Alcohol-induced Neuropathy: A Case Study. 2023; 18 (3):181-185.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10080-1604

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 18-01-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Aim: To highlight the role of the Masquelet technique as a limb salvage procedure for a neuropathic patient presenting with infected non-union of proximal tibia. Background: The management of an infected non-union in neuropathic patients is most challenging; with various treatment options available, the prognosis is often guarded. Case description: A 37-year-old male with chronic polyneuropathy, also possessing a contralateral midfoot Charcot arthropathy secondary to a history of alcohol abuse, developed infection after a proximal tibial osteotomy for a preceding mal-non-union of a proximal tibia fracture. The management included hardware removal, excision of necrotic bone, interim insertion of antibiotic-loaded bone cement followed by an acute shortening and revision of the internal fixation utilising a second surgical incision. Successful bone union and eradication of infection was achieved and maintained after 13 months follow-up. Conclusion: A successful outcome was achieved for an infected non-union of a long bone in a neuropathic patient using the Masquelet technique which was then followed with a second-stage removal of the spacer and shortening. By performing the revision ORIF surgery utilising a different skin incision in the setting of complicated previous surgical scars proved to be a viable technique towards reducing risk of recurrence of infection and a good outcome. Clinical significance: Utilisation of the Masquelet technique and limb shortening in a staged manner for the management of long bone infections in neuropathic patients has not been reported before and may be valuable in such demanding clinical situations.

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