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World J Orthop. 2013 Apr 18;4(2):90-3. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v4.i2.90. Print 2013 Apr 18.

Combined distal tibial rotational osteotomy and proximal growth plate modulation for treatment of infantile Blount's disease.

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Amr A Abdelgawad, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Science Center at El Paso, El Paso, TX 79905, United States.


Infantile Blount's disease is a condition that causes genu varum and internal tibial torsion. Treatment options include observation, orthotics, corrective osteotomy, elevation of the medial tibial plateau, resection of a physeal bar, lateral hemi-epiphysiodesis, and guided growth of the proximal tibial physis. Each of these treatment options has its disadvantages. Treating the coronal deformity alone (genu varum) will result in persistence of the internal tibial torsion (the axial deformity). In this report, we describe the combination of lateral growth modulation and distal tibial external rotation osteotomy to correct all the elements of the disease. This has not been described before for treatment of Blount's disease. Both coronal and axial deformities were corrected in this patient. We propose this combination (rather than the lateral growth modulation alone) as the method of treatment for early stages of Blount's disease as it corrects both elements of the disease and in the same time avoids the complications of proximal tibial osteotomy.


Distal tibial osteotomy; Eight plate; External rotation osteotomy; Genu varum; Growth modulation; Guided growth; Hemi-epiphysiodesis; Infantile Blount’s disease; Lateral tension plate; Rotational osteotomy; Tibia vara

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