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The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 70-B, Issue 1 | Pages 29 - 33
1 Jan 1988
Weisl H Fairclough J Jones D

Patients with myelomeningocele who had had surgery to stabilise the hip were reviewed; the results of the 106 operations in 88 patients were assessed. In the earlier part of the series there were 55 children who had 64 iliopsoas transfers; later in the series 33 children had 42 varus-rotation osteotomies combined with adductor tenotomy, anterior obturator neurectomy and psoas division. The technical results of both operations were satisfactory: following iliopsoas transfer only 19% of the hips were either dislocated or subluxated; the corresponding figure for the osteotomy was 12%. Thus varus-rotation osteotomy with psoas division, adductor tenotomy and anterior obturator neurectomy was at least as effective in stabilising the hip as iliopsoas transfer. Nevertheless 80% of the latter and 61% of the osteotomy patients relied on wheelchairs for mobility.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 65-B, Issue 2 | Pages 128 - 133
1 Mar 1983
Weisl H

In spina bifida the femoral neck can develop either the well-known coxa valga or the hitherto unreported coxa vara. Twenty-three cases of coxa vara in spina bifida are reported. These result from spontaneous separation of the upper femoral epiphysis (10 cases), spontaneous fracture of the femoral neck (three cases) and iatrogenic avascular necrosis of the upper femoral epiphysis (10 cases).

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 62-B, Issue 1 | Pages 37 - 42
1 Feb 1980
Weisl H

The results of 757 intertorchanteric osteotomies for osteoarthritis of the hip carried out between 1958 and 1970 were reviewed. After osteotomy the joint space in two thirds of the hips was increased and a similar proportion experienced relief of pain lasting at least five years. However, the effect of the osteotomy declined after some ten years; only a quarter of the hips had a lasting "good result" as defined in this investigation. The best results were obtained in active patients under 70 years of age with unilateral hip disease in which a fair range of movement had been preserved despite some shortening and where the radiographs showed loss of joint space with a break in Shenton's line. In this study a displaced osteotomy fixed with a spline emerged as the most successful surgical technique.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 54-B, Issue 1 | Pages 143 - 145
1 Feb 1972
Weisl H

1. The insertion of skull calipers is not generally known to be associated with any morbidity or mortality.

2. In the past six years the details of three fatal complications have been collected: there was one case each of cerebral abscess, subdural abscess and extradural abscess.

3. Brief notes of eleven other similar cases, five of cerebral abscess and six of osteomyelitis of the skull, have been supplied by colleagues.

4. The implications of these findings are discussed.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 46-B, Issue 2 | Pages 297 - 306
1 May 1964
Weisl H Osborne GV

1. A method of constricting sciatic nerves of rats was devised which produced lesions resembling macroscopically and electromyographically those of carpal tunnel and related syndromes.

2. The nerves became swollen and hyperaemic proximal and distal to the constriction. The swellings were largely caused by an accumulation of fluid between the axons, but the axons themselves were also increased in size.

3. This accumulation of fluid was an oedema secondary to a partial obstruction of the vasa nervorum.