Reconstruction of an elbow destroyed in gas explosion with total elbow replacement: a case report

Reconstruction of an elbow destroyed in gas explosion with total elbow replacement: a case report A 25-year-old man severely injured his left elbow and lost his right hand in a gas explosion. The left forearm fracture was plated, the elbow debrided, an external fixator was applied, and the skin defect closed using local flaps and a split skin graft. Six months later the elbow was immobile due to an intra-articular fibrosis; a fully constrained hinged elbow replacement (Protetim) was implanted. Five weeks later there was a wound breakdown due to infection; the prosthesis became exposed. To salvage the limb, a latissimus dorsi myocutaneous neurovascular island flap was used to cover the soft tissue defect. Postoperative progress was uneventful and 30–100° of elbow flexion was achieved. One year later, the elbow replacement loosened without evidence of infection and it was replaced with a semiconstrained Coonrad-Morrey joint (Zimmer). In addition, the enlarged medullary canal of the humerus and ulna was packed with a morsalized homologous bone graft. One year after the revision and 3 years after the initial injury, the elbow is fully stable and pain-free with 5–120° of flexion and 40° of rotation. The patient works as a tradesman and is satisfied with the preserved function of his left hand. European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

Reconstruction of an elbow destroyed in gas explosion with total elbow replacement: a case report

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