Background: In this case report, we describe a left-arm both-bone forearm fracture in a 15-year-old girl who fell off a swing. Conservative treatment with an above-elbow cast failed, resulting in a malunion with functional impairment. The pro- and supination were 90/0/10, respectively. The patient complained of difficulties performing daily activities. For this pediatric case, a corrective osteotomy was proposed using a CT-guided technique aiming for maximum anatomical and functional outcome. It was the first time this technique was used in our hospital.
Methods: A corrective osteotomy of the patient's left arm was performed using 3D printed templates to guide the osteotomy orientation. These templates were produced using specialized software in which CT images of her malunited left forearm were overlaid with the mirrored images of her healthy right forearm.
Results: The postoperative CT-scan showed a near-anatomical reduction with close to 1 correction in all three planes, as compared to the preoperative planning. Three months after surgery, the patient had regained full function of her left forearm.
Conclusion: Although this was the first time this technique was used in our hospital, it resulted in excellent anatomical and functional outcomes making it a safe, reliable and precise treatment option that may be useful for even more complex corrections. (C) 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.
- 3D printed
- Forearm fracture
- Corrective osteotomy