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Pilon Fractures eMedicine Orthopedics
Pilon fractures in the distal tibia result from axial forces that can range from low to high energy and produce a spectrum of articular and metaphyseal injuries. These can be challenging to manage, especially when associated with significant soft tissue injury. Although a variety of options are available to treat these fractures, timing of the definitive surgery is crucial with respect to the condition of the soft tissues. Despite the advances made to date in managing these fractures, new developments in the field continue to lead to better outcomes.
Synonyms and related keywords: tibial plafond fracture, pylon fracture, distal tibial fracture, explosion fractures of the distal tibia, axial compression fractures of the distal tibia, tibia, ankle, distal tibia, ankle joint
Author: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD
Type: Reference Material
Submitted by: admin
Added: Fri Mar 21 2008