The use of interlocked 'customised' blade plates in the treatment of metaphyseal fractures in patients with poor bone stock.
Palmer SH., Handley R., Willett K.
Balanced and stable fixation in metaphyseal fractures and nonunion can be difficult because of osteoporosis, disuse osteopenia, comminution, joint proximity or malignant infiltration. Five patients with nonunion and four with comminuted or pathological acute fractures of metaphyseal areas of the tibia or humerus were treated with a 'customized' interlocked blade plate. The plates are standard AO dynamic compression plates of a suitable length that are bent to an acute angle in an industrial vice and 'interlocked'. The nine patients with a mean age of 62.2 years (range 30-91) were followed up for a mean of 7.2 months. At follow-up all fractures had healed with a single complication of subacromial impingement in a patient with a proximal humeral fracture.