Indian Journal of Orthopaedics Surgery


Use of bone allografts in the management of upper limb fractures and their complications – A prospective study


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Author Details: Darshan Kumar A. Jain, Harish Kodi, Abhilash Palla

Volume : 3

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2395-1362

Print ISSN : 2395-1354

Article First Page : 23

Article End Page : 26


Abstract

Background: In comparison with the lower extremity, there is relative dearth of literature reporting clinical results of allograft in upper limb. Most studies have reported on use of allografts in upper limb reconstructions following tumour resection.
Aim: We conducted a prospective study to assess results of using bone allograft as an adjunct to internal fixation following trauma and its complications like Non-union, malunion etc. in Upper limb.
Material and Methods: We have analyzed use of allografts in upper limb in 11 patients from November 2014 to March 2016.
Results: A mean follow up of 12.3 months showed good functional results and radiological consolidation in 91% of cases. Radiological union was seen by 3 months in 8 patients and by 6 months in 2 patients. One case had non-union which required repeat bone grafting. There was no incidence of other complications or disease transmission.
Conclusion: Our study has shown promising results with allograft with radiologically good incorporation and good functional results.

Keywords:
Allografts; Bone Transplantation; Prospective Study