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Assessment of the integrity of the multifidus muscles and corresponding nerve roots, post-open (OSS) versus minimally invasive spinal surgery (MISS) for lumbar spine fractures. We investigated the first six patients undergoing MISS in our institution and age- and sex-matched them with 6 random patients who previously had OSS. All had a similar lumbar(More)
BACKGROUND Controversy exists with the use of the acromioclavicular hook plate for the treatment of lateral-third clavicle fractures (Neer type II). This is thought to stem from problems associated with the hook plate causing impingement symptoms, which can cause long-term limitation of movement and pain. Our aim was to evaluate the functional outcomes of(More)
The medial deltoid ligament is the primary stabilizing structure in the ankle joint following lateral malleolar fracture. However, medial deltoid ligament ruptures are difficult to diagnose using current imaging modalities. We hypothesized that ultrasonography can be used to accurately allow early clinical assessment of ankle fracture stability, thereby(More)
Femoral fractures resulting from birth injuries are rare. The authors undertook a study to assess their incidence and outcome. Seven patients from a total of 55,296 live births suffered 8 femoral fractures (incidence 0.13 per 1,000 live births). Twin pregnancies, breech presentations, prematurity, and disuse osteoporosis were associated with the occurrence(More)
PURPOSE To report outcomes in 10 patients who underwent dynamic "S" Quattro external fixation for complex fractures of the base of the thumb. METHODS Nine men and one woman aged 18 to 69 (mean, 31) years underwent "S" Quattro external fixation for complex fractures of the base of the thumb. The dominant hand was involved in 8 patients. Three patients had(More)
STUDY DESIGN Retrospective. OBJECTIVE To assess long-term adverse functional outcome following pyogenic spinal infection using standardized outcome measures, Oswestry disability index (ODI), and medical outcomes study short form-36 (SF-36). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA There is minimal published data regarding the long-term functional outcome in pyogenic(More)
Fracture of the distal radius from low energy trauma is a common presentation to orthopaedic trauma services. This fragility type fracture is associated with underlying osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a 'silent disease' where fragility fracture is a common presentation. Orthopaedic surgeons may be the only physician that these patients encounter. We found a(More)
BACKGROUND Successful outcome from acetabular fracture fixation is multi-factorial. Long-term results are not frequently reported. Pooling such data from high output centres will help progress acetabular fixation. This paper presents the first ten-year data from the Irish tertiary referral centre. AIM To audit the radiographic and clinical outcome of all(More)
Patients that sustain pelvic and/or acetabular trauma in Ireland and require surgical intervention are treated at the Adelaide and Meath National Children's Hospital (AMNCH). For this study an audit was conducted of all pelvic and acetabular fractures referred to the AMNCH over a 12 month period from July 2010 to June 2011. This study was conducted with the(More)
Methodological inadequacies cast doubt on previous investigations of the hypothesis that metronome-paced speech reduces stuttering by slowing the rate of speech. In the present study, 6 stutterers' fluent speech rates were calculated by excluding the time occupied by stutters and pauses. The fluency-enhancing effect of metronome pacing was independent of(More)