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ISKD

ISKD – overview

The Intermedullary Skeletal Kinetic Distractor (ISKD) is, as it says, an intermedullary method for producing long bone lengthening without having an external fixator exterior to the limb.

Lengthening of a tibia or femur may be indicated as a method of treating  leg length discrepency after trauma, infection or other causes of growth arrest.  Previously managed by an external fixator which could be manually wound longer every day, these cases ran the risk of developing pin track infection from the percutaneous pins used to secure the device to the bone.

In this first article  for Cutting Edge Stuff Katie Ludwig describes the role of this innovative method of leg lengthening as seen at Stracathro Hospital Regional  Treatment Centre which avoids this complication.  I thought this interesting review of the ISKD highlighted a cutting edge approach to debate.

If you have any  thoughts about the role of ISKD or have seen one in  use  elsewhere then please send a comment to DundeeBones.

Anyone who would like to send an article on another innovations in orthopaedics or on an interesting case can do so by emailing a Word doc to j.a.dent@dundee.ac.uk

Follow the link below to the full article:

ISKD – overview

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