Decreasing Complications of Quadricepsplasty for Knee Contracture after Femoral Fracture Treatment with an External Fixator; Report of Four Cases – A Response

 Letter to Editor

Case Report: Volume 3 | Issue 2 | JOCR April – June 2013 | Page 38| Agrawal HK


Author: Hemendra K Agrawal [1]

[1] Central Institute Of Orthopaedics, V.M.M.C. & Safdarjung Hospital, Newdelhi-110029, INDIA.

Address of Correspondence:

Dr Hemendra K Agrawal : 1,Roop nagar first, Pushpanjali colony marg, Tonk Phatak, Jaipur, Rajasthan,INDIA-302015. E mail: dr.hemendra.agrawal@gmail.com


 Dear Editor,

 I have read the article “Decreasing Complications of Quadricepsplasty for Knee Contracture after Femoral Fracture Treatment with an  External Fixator: Report of Four Cases” [1]. I congratulate the authors for the description; however, I would like to make the following  points:

 1.The authors had mentioned nonunion of distal femur for the case discussed in article after CT- scan (figure 2), which seems to be united in x ray- AP view (figure 1). But the lateral view was not provided for the same case. As the CT scan – sagittal section resembles a lateral view of the distal femur and there was no need of CT scan. Routine antero-posterior view and lateral view are enough to assess the union and if needed oblique views can be taken. This saves the patient from unnecessary radiation hazard of CT-scan.
2.With the use of ilizarov external fixator for femoral reconstruction, the tensioned wires do not cause over-tightening of skin. Quadricepsplasty is an elective procedure, purposefully giving the scar of skin grafting is not a profitable decision as after skin grafting, active quadriceps exercises would be delayed leading to failure of surgery and shows lack of preoperative planning.
The letter intends to bring these important issues to the kind notice of readers.

References

1. Noda M, Saegusa Y, Takahashi M, Kashiwagi N, Seto Y. Decreasing Complications ofQuadricepsplasty for Knee Contracture after Femoral Fracture Treatment with an External Fixator- Report of Four Cases. Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports 2013 Jan March;3(1):3-6. citation_linking_graphic_18x80_trans


 

How to Cite This Article: Agrawal HK. Decreasing Complications of Quadricepsplasty for Knee Contracture after Femoral Fracture Treatment with an External Fixator; Report of Four Cases – A Response. Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports 2013 April-June;3(2):38. Available from: http://www.jocr.co.in/wp/2013/04/14/2250-0685-100-fulltext/

 


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