Critical-sized defect in the tibia: is it critical? Results from the SPRINT trial.

@article{Sanders2014CriticalsizedDI,
  title={Critical-sized defect in the tibia: is it critical? Results from the SPRINT trial.},
  author={David W Sanders and Mohit Bhandari and Gordon H. Guyatt and Diane M. Heels-Ansdell and Emil H. Schemitsch and Marc F. Swiontkowski and Paul Tornetta and Stephen D. Walter},
  journal={Journal of orthopaedic trauma},
  year={2014},
  volume={28 11},
  pages={632-5}
}
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to determine whether the SPRINT definition of a "critical-sized defect" (fracture gap at least 1 cm in length and involving over 50% of the cortical diameter) was accurate, to discern which factors predict reoperation in patients with these defects, and to compare the patient-based outcomes of these patients with patients without a critical defect. DESIGN Therapeutic Cohort Study. SETTING Level 1 and level 2 trauma centers. PATIENTS Thirty-seven… CONTINUE READING