Replantation of the lower extremity has controversial indications but nevertheless it may be considered in carefully selected patients who present early and are expected to show good functional recoveries. Here we present a successful replantation in a 3-year-old boy who has made excellent recovery with no functional deficit evident at 12 years of follow-up. He sustained a traumatic amputation at the level of distal tibia when he fell of a "Qing Qi" (motorcycle rickshaw). Replantation was attempted at 8 hours cold ischemia time with the tibia shortened 4cm and all tendons, vessels, and nerves repaired. Patient required a second procedure during the same hospital stay for skin coverage. Patient made good recovery with ambulation without support at 6 months, less than 3cm limb length discrepancy, plantar and dorsiflexion power 4/5, and recovery of sensation over the foot. Now at 12 years of follow-up patient has a normal gait and has integrated into society with no functional deficit. Considering the functional outcome of our case, replantation should be attempted whenever possible and feasible especially in children.
Case Reports in Orthopedics
Zubairi, A. J.,
Hashmi, P. M.
(2015). Long term follow-up of a successful lower limb replantation in a 3-year-old child. Case Reports in Orthopedics, 2015, 425376.
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