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CASE REPORT
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 40-43

Management of knee ankylosis using ilizarov device


Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma, Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Delta State, Nigeria

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Dr. Roy T Efetoboh Enemudo
Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma, Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, Delta State
Nigeria
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/njot.njot_6_18

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Knee ankylosis is a common complication of knee trauma and infection that poses a serious challenge to orthopaedic surgeons regularly in their practice. This study highlights the success of the use of Ilizarov device in the management of fibrous ankylosis of the knee. A 37-year-old nurse with a fibrous ankylosed knee that had a range of movement (ROM) of 0°–40° was successfully treated with Ilizarov device, indomethacin (analgesics) and physiotherapy. Her ROM of the affected right knee improved to 0°–140° and after a follow-up period became 0°–90°. She was very happy with the outcome. There was no associated knee pains afterwards. Ilizarov device, together with adequate analgesia and physiotherapy, can successfully treat knee ankylosis.


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