When Should You Be Wary Of Hypertrophic Bone Formation?
- Volume 15 - Issue 6 - June 2002
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In conclusion, hypertrophic bone formation can lead to reulceration in diabetic neuropathic patients and can be the cause of complication in elective surgical procedures. Evidence shows that manual instrumentation for osteotomies in metaphyseal bone results in increased trauma to the periosteum and thus increases the risk of over-stimulation of fibroblasts to form hypertrophic bone. You should reserve treatment only for symptomatic cases and hold off on attempting further bone resection until the exostosis is fully matured in order to prevent reoccurrence and further revisional procedures.
Dr. Jensen is a first-year resident at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Dr. Steinberg (pictured) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics/Podiatry Service at the University of Texas Health Science Center.
Clarification: The Diabetes Watch column in the April issue was written by Chih Yen, DPM. Dr. Yen is a first-year resident at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
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