J Korean Orthop Assoc.  2019 Oct;54(5):457-462. 10.4055/jkoa.2019.54.5.457.

Distraction Osteogenesis Combined with a Plate to Treat Brachymetacarpia

  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, MS Jaegeon Hospital, Daegu, Korea. leegjosmd@daum.net


The treatment of a brachymetacarpia using conventional distraction osteogenesis requires holding an external fixator following distraction for stability, which causes prolonged discomfort that adversely affects the patient's daily activities. This paper reports a case of a 20-year-old male of brachymetacarpia treated with distraction osteogenesis combined with a plate reducing the period of an external fixator, allowing rapid return to the daily activities, and presenting good clinical results.


brachymetacarpia; distraction osteogenesis; external fixators; plate
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