Journal article

Treatment of shepherd's crook deformity in patients with polyostotic fibrous dysplasia using a new type of custom made retrograde intramedullary nail: a technical note.

F Hefti, L Donnan, AH Krieg

J Child Orthop | Published : 2017


AIMS: The severe form of coxa vara, the 'shepherd's crook deformity', is always a consequence of a locally extensive form of polyostotic fibrous dysplasia (or McCune-Albright syndrome). Treatment of this deformity is a challenge. The soft bone does not tolerate any implant that depends on the stability of the cortical bone (like plates or external fixators). Intramedullary nails are the most appropriate implants for stabilisation, but if they are inserted from the greater trochanter, they cannot correct the varus deformity enough. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We have developed a special intramedullary nail that can be inserted from the osteotomy site and can be driven retrograde into the femoral ne..

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