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The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 89-B, Issue 9 | Pages 1210 - 1217
1 Sep 2007
Peyser A Weil YA Brocke L Sela Y Mosheiff R Mattan Y Manor O Liebergall M

Limited access surgery is thought to reduce post-operative morbidity and provide faster recovery of function. The percutaneous compression plate (PCCP) is a recently introduced device for the fixation of intertrochanteric fractures with minimal exposure. It has several potential mechanical advantages over the conventional compression hip screw (CHS). Our aim in this prospective, randomised, controlled study was to compare the outcome of patients operated on using these two devices.

We randomised 104 patients with intertrochanteric fractures (AO/OTA 31.A1–A2) to surgical treatment with either the PCCP or CHS and followed them for one year postoperatively.

The mean operating blood loss was 161.0 ml (8 to 450) in the PCCP group and 374.0 ml (11 to 980) in the CHS group (Student’s t-test, p < 0.0001). The pain score and ability to bear weight were significantly better in the PCCP group at six weeks post-operatively. Analysis of the radiographs in a proportion of the patients revealed a reduced amount of medial displacement in the PCCP group (two patients, 4%) compared with the CHS group (10 patients, 18.9%); Fisher’s exact test, p < 0.02.

The PCCP device was associated with reduced intra-operative blood loss, less postoperative pain and a reduced incidence of collapse of the fracture.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 76-B, Issue 6 | Pages 887 - 890
1 Nov 1994
Floman Y Milgrom C Gomori J Kenan S Ezra Y Liebergall M

We report four patients with unilateral postpartum sacroiliitis presenting with agonising unilateral pain, an elevated ESR, elevated alkaline phosphatase levels, leucocytosis and positive bone scans. The diagnosis of a non-infectious inflammatory cause was supported by the postpartum onset, the response to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, negative aspiration cultures in two cases and the lack of changes in the sacroiliac joints on long-term follow-up radiographs.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 75-B, Issue 5 | Pages 731 - 733
1 Sep 1993
Rand N Mosheiff R Matan Y Porat S Shapiro M Liebergall M

Four cases of osteomyelitis of the pelvis are reported to demonstrate the several clinical syndromes to which this disease can give rise. Extensive surgical drainage and antibiotic treatment led to recovery in all cases.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 74-B, Issue 1 | Pages 93 - 100
1 Jan 1992
Liebergall M Lowe J Whitelaw G Wetzler M Segal D

A consecutive series is reported of 17 patients who underwent early surgical treatment for acetabular or unstable pelvic fractures associated with ipsilateral fractures of the femur. Treatment included external and internal fixation, and required careful consideration of the surgical approach and the positioning of the patient. The multiple injuries sustained by these patients required simultaneous procedures by several surgical teams. All the femoral fractures were internally fixed at the initial operation and eight patients had primary definitive treatment of all their other fractures as well. In nine patients the definitive treatment of their other fractures was delayed for an average of 11 days. There were no deaths, and no serious infections. The long-term morbidity resulted from the associated injuries and not from the pelvic or femoral fractures.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 71-B, Issue 2 | Pages 256 - 258
1 Mar 1989
Lowe J Kaplan L Liebergall M Floman Y

We report two cases of Serratia marcescens infection at the sites of spinal fractures and emphasise the fact that neurological deterioration soon after spinal fracture may be due to acute vertebral osteomyelitis.