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Foot Ankle Int. 1999 Sep;20(9):595-605.

Diagnosis and treatment of fractures of the talus: a comprehensive review of the literature.

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R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, USA.

Abstract

Fractures of the head, neck, and body of the talus present difficult treatment challenges. The vulnerable blood supply and abundant articular surfaces may lead to long-term problems with osteonecrosis and osteoarthrosis. Previous studies of these relatively rare injuries have been mostly small, inconsistent, or anecdotal, leading to confusion and controversy regarding the optimum treatment of various types of talus fractures. The surgeon who treats these injuries must be prepared to address meticulous reduction and fixation, maintain attentive follow-up, and manage the complications that may result despite appropriate treatment. This review summarizes the findings of the literature on each type of talus fracture to provide a clearer picture of their recommended management.

PMID:
10509689
DOI:
10.1177/107110079902000911
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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