Huber, Michaela and Prantl, Lukas and Gehmert, Sebastian (2012) Successful treatment of nonunion in severe finger injury with low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS): a case report. Journal of Medical Case Reports 6, p. 209.
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Severe injuries of the hand or single fingers require immediate treatment but surgical fixation methods are limited depending on soft tissue damage. Thus, it is very common that severe soft tissue damage along with poor osteosynthetic bone fixation results in a delayed healing process or nonunion. Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) has been proven to stimulate bone formation in in vitro studies and also to significantly accelerate nonunion healing in animal studies and clinical trials but to date there are no data with respect to nonunion in phalanx fracture.
We report a case in which we successfully used LIPUS in a 19-year-old Caucasian man with a nonunion of his ring finger after injury and first treatment with K-wire osteosynthesis.
We recommend that LIPUS be considered as an option to treat nonunions in fractures of the hand, especially because it is a soft tissue conserving method with a good functional result.
|Institutions:||Medicine > Abteilung für Unfallchirurgie|
|Projects:||Open Access Publizieren (DFG)|
|Subjects:||600 Technology > 610 Medical sciences Medicine|
|Refereed:||Yes, this version has been refereed|
|Created at the University of Regensburg:||Yes|
|Deposited On:||07 Sep 2012 08:54|
|Last Modified:||20 Mar 2013 15:50|
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