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Executive Editor: Peter Trafton

Authors: Martin Hessmann, Sean Nork, Christoph Sommer, Bruce Twaddle

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Distal tibia



Distal tibia fractures are primarily located within a square based on the width of the distal tibia.

Many fractures of the distal tibia have severe associated soft-tissue compromise.

Assess the soft-tissue condition, sensation and motor function in the foot. Watch for signs of a compartment syndrome, which may develop some time after injury.

Grossly displaced / dislocated fractures
must be reduced immediately and temporarily stabilized, preferably by a joint-bridging external fixator.


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v1.0 2008-12-03