Juvenile Blount's disease: bilateral case with asynchronous onset.
ABSTRACT We encountered a rare case of bilateral juvenile Blount's disease diagnosed as unilateral at the onset. The patient was a 9-year-old girl who visited our outpatient clinic with pain and deformity in the left knee. Examination of the left knee showed severe varus deformity. Correction of the varus deformity and tibial shortness was carried out at the same time by the callotasis method using an Orthofix external fixator. During follow-up the varus deformity in her right knee gradually progressed. At 18 months after the initial surgery, the right varus deformity and tibial shortness were corrected at the same time by the callotasis method using an Orthofix external fixator; proximal epiphysiodesis was also performed. The coronal-plane alignment of both knees remains good. In cases with bilateral involvement of Blount's disease, the onset of the deformity is usually nearly synchronous. In some cases, however, it begins unilaterally, as with this patient, so it is essential to check both sides by means of tomography or magnetic resonance imaging and not just radiography. Moreover, we must be careful to plan the treatment in such a case so as to anticipate possible leg-length discrepancy problems.
Article: Brothers with genu recurvatum.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Genu recurvatum deformity is rare, usually resulting from injury to the anterior part of the proximal tibial growth plate. However, a small group of cases have no known cause. We describe brothers with the same type of this deformity on the same side. The degree of deformity differed between them, but deformities began at the same age in both (17 years) and progressed over a short period. There was no history of trauma, or other orthopaedic or genetic disorders. These features strongly suggested involvement of heritable risk factors.The Knee 01/2008; 14(6):500-1. · 1.74 Impact Factor