Experimental microvascular growth plate transfers. Part 2 - Investigation of feasibility

C. V A Bowen, B. M. O'Brien, G. J. Gumley

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We investigated the feasibility in the dog of using transfers of the distal ulna into the radius either as growth plate replacements or as accessory growth plates in the diaphysis. Preliminary work determined the most satisfactory method of skeletal fixation. The experimental study showed that transfers used as growth plate replacements grew at almost normal rates, uniting with the recipient bone in a mean of 7.1 weeks. Transfers into the diaphysis initially nearly doubled the growth rate of the radius, although in the long-term results were unsatisfactory, because of fracture of the graft after a mean period of 8.2 weeks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-314
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series B
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


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