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J Orthop Trauma. 2012 Aug;26(8):488-98. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0b013e31822fbdbe.

Decisions and staging leading to definitive open management of pilon fractures: where have we come from and where are we now?

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  • 1Division of Orthopaedic Trauma, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ 07103, USA. liporace33@gmail.com

Abstract

Historically, the treatment and outcomes related to pilon fractures have been variable despite anatomical reduction and fixation. However, with the advent of newer implant technologies, improved surgical techniques, and the management via a staged protocol, results have indicated encouraging clinical outcomes with minimization of postoperative complications. This review focuses and outlines the current strategies, decision-making processes, and definitive treatment options regarding the notoriously difficult to treat pilon fracture.

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Therapeutic Level V. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

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22357091
DOI:
10.1097/BOT.0b013e31822fbdbe
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