Journal article

An intramedullary Echidna pin for fixation of comminuted clavicle fractures: a biomechanical study

David Ackland, Ian Griggs, Patrick Hislop, Wen Wu, Minoo Patel, Martin Richardson

JOURNAL OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY AND RESEARCH | BMC | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Intramedullary fixation of comminuted mid-shaft clavicle fractures has traditionally been employed with satisfactory clinical outcomes; however, pins with smooth surfaces may protrude from the bone and are prone to migration, while some threaded pins are difficult to remove post-operatively. The aim of this proof-of-concept study was to develop and evaluate the biomechanical strength of a novel intramedullary Echidna pin device designed to maintain fracture reduction, resist migration and facilitate ease of post-operative removal. METHODS: Thirty human clavicle specimens were harvested and fractured in a comminuted mid-shaft butterfly configuration. Each specimen was randomly all..

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