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The Bone & Joint Journal
Vol. 106-B, Issue 6 | Pages 516 - 521
1 Jun 2024
Al-Hourani K Haddad FS

Bone & Joint Research
Vol. 10, Issue 12 | Pages 840 - 843
15 Dec 2021
Al-Hourani K Tsang SJ Simpson AHRW

The Bone & Joint Journal
Vol. 101-B, Issue 8 | Pages 1002 - 1008
1 Aug 2019
Al-Hourani K Stoddart M Khan U Riddick A Kelly M


Type IIIB open tibial fractures are devastating high-energy injuries. At initial debridement, the surgeon will often be faced with large bone fragments with tenuous, if any, soft-tissue attachments. Conventionally these are discarded to avoid infection. We aimed to determine if orthoplastic reconstruction using mechanically relevant devitalized bone (ORDB) was associated with an increased infection rate in type IIIB open tibial shaft fractures.

Patient and Methods

This was a consecutive cohort study of 113 patients, who had sustained type IIIB fractures of the tibia following blunt trauma, over a four-year period in a level 1 trauma centre. The median age was 44.3 years (interquartile range (IQR) 28.1 to 65.9) with a median follow-up of 1.7 years (IQR 1.2 to 2.1). There were 73 male patients and 40 female patients. The primary outcome measures were deep infection rate and number of operations. The secondary outcomes were nonunion and flap failure.