Comparison of Supination External Rotation Type IV Ankle Fractures in Geriatric Versus Nongeriatric Populations

Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, USA.
Foot & Ankle International (Impact Factor: 1.51). 02/2013; 34(4). DOI: 10.1177/1071100713477615
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Background: Geriatric patients’ (defined as those older than 65 years old) inherent comorbidities, functional limitations, and bone quality present obstacles to successful clinical outcomes for operatively treated supination external rotation (SER) ankle fractures. We retrospectively reviewed a prospectively collected series of SER injuries between 2004 and 2010. This is a comparison of the radiographic and clinical outcomes of our geriatric (27 patients) and nongeriatric (81 patients) populations. We hypothesized that geriatric patients would have worse outcomes when compared to nongeriatric patients.

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    • "Taken together, in elderly patients osteopenia and osteoporosis pose a challenge to achieve stable fixation. However, if stable fixation is achieved, these patients are likely to experience results similar to those without poor bone quality (Strauss et al. 2007, Lynde et al. 2012, Little et al. 2013, Olsen et al. 2013). "

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    ABSTRACT: Background: The incidence of ankle fractures is increasing in the geriatric population, and several studies suggest them to be the third most common extremity fracture in this age group. Previous work has reflected relatively low complication rates during operative treatment. Little is known, however, about the association between these injuries and overall mortality, nor whether operative intervention has any effect on mortality. We hypothesized that geriatric ankle fractures would be correlated with an elevated mortality rate and that operative intervention would be associated with a reduced mortality when compared to nonoperative management.
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    ABSTRACT: To compare radiographic and clinical outcomes of supination external rotation type IV equivalent (SER IV E) ankle fractures (AO/OTA classification 44-B2.1) treated with transsyndesmotic screw fixation with those treated with deltoid and posterior inferior tibiofibular ligament (PITFL) repair. Case series and single-surgeon retrospective analysis of a prospective database. Academic level I trauma center. Forty-five SER IV E ankle fractures fulfilled all inclusion/exclusion criteria with at least 12 months of radiographic follow-up. Deltoid and PITFL repair in addition to lateral malleolus fixation compared with transsyndesmotic screw fixation. Syndesmotic reduction compared with contralateral extremity on a postoperative computed tomography scan and maintenance of reduction based on final postoperative radiographs [medial clear space (MCS) and tibiofibular clear space (TCS)]. There was no significant difference in mean postoperative TCS, MCS, or change in TCS or MCS between the cohorts. The anatomic treatment group had significantly better postoperative syndesmotic reduction compared with the transsyndesmotic cohort (7.4% vs. 33.3%; P = 0.02). Fourteen patients in the transsyndesmotic screw cohort underwent removal compared with 3 patients in the anatomic cohort who required secondary procedures. The transsyndesmotic screw cohort had statistically significant better mean dorsiflexion of ankle (mean 20 vs. 17 degrees; P = 0.02). This comparison of treatment strategies for SER IV E ankle fractures has shown an improvement in immediate postoperative syndesmotic reduction and the elimination of reoperation for removal of transsyndesmotic screws in patients treated with PITFL repair. Previous research has shown a good correlation between functional outcomes and syndesmotic reduction; however, further investigation into the functional outcomes of these patients is necessary to determine the future clinical impact of this anatomic fixation strategy. Therapeutic Level III. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.
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