Bilateral humeral lengthening in achondroplasia with unilateral external fixators: is it safe and does it improve daily life?

@article{Balci2015BilateralHL,
  title={Bilateral humeral lengthening in achondroplasia with unilateral external fixators: is it safe and does it improve daily life?},
  author={Halil Ibrahim Balci and Mehmet Kocaoğlu and Cengiz Şen and Levant Eralp and Sefa G Batibay and Kerem Bilsel},
  journal={The bone & joint journal},
  year={2015},
  volume={97-B 11},
  pages={1577-81}
}
A retrospective study was performed in 18 patients with achondroplasia, who underwent bilateral humeral lengthening between 2001 and 2013, using monorail external fixators. The mean age was ten years (six to 15) and the mean follow-up was 40 months (12 to 104). The mean disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand (DASH) score fell from 32.3 (20 to 40) pre-operatively to 9.4 (6 to 14) post-operatively (p = 0.037). A mean lengthening of 60% (40% to 95%) was required to reach the goal of… CONTINUE READING