Training by Publishing

Vol 5 | Issue 1 | Jan – April 2019 | page:1-2 |  Dr. Ashok Shyam.

Author:  Dr. Ashok Shyam [1,2].

[1] Indian Orthopaedic Research Group, Thane, India
[2] Sancheti Institute for Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, Pune, India

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Dr. Ashok Shyam
IORG House, A-203, Manthan Apts, Shreesh, CHS, Hajuri Road, Thane, India. 400604

Editorial: Training by Publishing

This is a digital world we live in. In last 20 years technology has changed the face of this world especially the way in which the data is shared and interaction is improved. This has accelerated things especially scientific inquiry and distribution of scientific concepts. In field of orthopaedics this has led to better implants and more literature. Increased numbers of journals and articles have led to increased awareness about the results of particular surgery and implant. Also it has improved the propagation of awareness about a new technique / implant and its results. In last century, a new technique would simply remain with a single surgeon or country for a long time [Ilizarov ring fixator for example], but now with advent of the online tools and websites, distribution of knowledge is simply amazing.
One of the areas where technology can be successfully used is area of Training in surgical skills. We are currently having video websites like Vu-medi and many more videos on you tube etc, however I believe journals can play a very active part in this area. Surgical training of highest quality can reach each and every corner of the world simply by combining a format which will include text, pictures as well as videos. We all have basic surgical skill sets and to step up our training we would simply need to conceptualise and visualise different methods. This can easily be gained from the above format. Of course the learning curve for such training would be much longer and at times there will be unforeseen complications and difficulties. For this reason such articles should have a continued thread of comment and discussions which can be compiled over a period of time and better a list of frequently asked questions. This can provide answers to queries for a new trainee or even for an experienced surgeon. I believe the techniques should be open peer reviewed and not undergo a blinded peer review. The reviewers should be openly allowed to ask the surgeons questions and doubts that the reader will have. A post publication review of the technique is one of the most important part of this initiative where readers and peers can comment on the published technique. The goal of this entire exercise should be improvement of technique and to impart correct surgical principles to the trainees.
Trauma International wants to pioneer in this area of surgical training by publishing and will be inviting several surgeons on our special editorial board where techniques can be invited and published. I believe this will help surgeons from all across the world to learn new techniques and also improve older techniques. Innovations and tricks and tops in older techniques can easily be demonstrated by using the online tools. Open access will allow much better outreach and more audience for the author too. I sincerely hope that this idea will take firm root and will grow over a period of time. Although this will not be without challenges but with help of our editorial board and our authors we will definitely be able to achieve this goal
If you have any further opinions about this idea, please write to me. With this I leave you to enjoy this issue with symposium on distal femur fracture
Dr Ashok Shyam
Editor – Trauma International

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The New Age of Trauma Resuscitation – Introducing Tranexamic Acid in an Accident & Emergency Department in Karachi Pakistan

Vol 5 | Issue 1 | Jan-April 2019 | page: 10-13  |Muhammad Muzzammil, Muhammad Saeed Minhas, Jahanzeb Effendi, Syed Jahanzeb, Muhammad Ovais, Azeem Jamil, Ayesha Mughal, Abdul Qadir

Author: Muhammad Muzzammil[1], Muhammad Saeed Minhas[2], Jahanzeb Effendi[3],   Syed Jahanzeb[2], Muhammad Ovais[1], Azeem Jamil[2], Ayesha Mughal[2], Abdul Qadir[2]

1Department of Orthopedics, Dr. Ruth K M Pfau Civil Hospital , Karachi.
2Department of Orthopedics, Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre, Rafiqui Shaheed Road, Karachi.
3Department of surgery, MC 7742, San Antonio.

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Muhammad Muzamil,
Department of Orthopedics, Dr. Ruth K M Pfau Civil Hospital , Karachi.


Background: In traumatic patients there is increase loss of blood and requires excessive blood transfusion as compared to other diseases. Clinical efficacy and clinical safety of tranexamic acid in decreasing blood loss assess during this study in post traumatic patients.
Method: Prospectively conducted randomized doubleblind placebo controlled study carried out. Patients were blindly randomized into two groups to receive either intravenous 1gm tranexamic acid 20 min or similar volume of 0.9% saline as placebo (P). Inclusion criteria was based on pulse rate >110 per min or systolic pressure level <90mmHg, hemorrhage or in danger of serious hemorrhage.Patients’ total blood loss was measured, needs of transfusion and hospital stay recorded. The post traumatic hemoglobin, hematocrit values, serum creatinine, activated thromboplastin time, prothombin time, platelets count and pulmonary embolism symptoms were comparatively evaluated.
Results: The total measured blood loss in tranexamic acid group (276 ± 53 mL) when comparing to control group (523 ± 74 mL) was less significantly. The requirement of blood transfusion in comparison was high in the control group and post traumatic hematocrit values were higher with in the tranexamic acid group. After administration of tranexamic acid in traumatic patients there have been no clinically relevant differences within the vital signs and no thromboembolic complications were detected in either group.
Conclusion: In traumatic patients, the prophylactic usage of tranexamic acid has effectively decreased blood loss, transfusion needs and hospital stay without any complication or adverse effects of thrombosis. Thus, TXA can be used safely and effectively in trauma subjects.
Keywords: trauma, tranexamic acid, blood loss, transfusion, hospital stay.


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How to Cite this article:  Muzzammil M, Minhas M S, Effendi J, Jahanzeb S, Ovais M, Jamil A, Mughal A, Qadir A. The New Age of Trauma Resuscitation – Introducing Tranexamic Acid in an Accident & Emergency Department in Karachi Pakistan. Trauma International Jan-April 2019;5(1):10-13.


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A Comparative Study of Conservative and Surgical Management of Displaced Midshaft Clavicle Fracture

Vol 5 | Issue 1 | Jan-April 2019 | page: 23-27 | Niraj Ranjan, Arvind Agarwal, Atul Garg

Author: Niraj Ranjan [1], Arvind Agarwal [1], Atul Garg [1]

[1] Department of Orthopaedics , Maharaja Agrasen Hospital, New Delhi

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Niraj Ranjan,
Department of Orthopaedics , Maharaja Agrasen Hospital, New Delhi


Introduction: Since long, closed midshaft clavicle fractures, whether undisplaced or displaced, have been treated conservatively with figure of “8” bandage and sling. However, in the past few decades, management trends show an uprise in surgical management of displaced midshaft clavicle fracture with rigid internal fixation providing early pain relief and avoiding deformity, non-union (NU), and sequelae.
Materials and Methods: A total of 60 patients with displaced midshaft clavicle fracture were included in the study. Patients were randomly allocated to the non-operative and operative group with 30 patients in each group. Non-operative management was performed with clavicle brace (figure of 8 bandage) while open reduction internal fixation with plate fixation was the preferred operative treatment. Patients were followed up at 2, 4, and 6 weeks and then at 3, 6, and 12 months. Outcome analysis included standard clinical follow-up, the constant shoulder (CS) score and the disabilities of the arm, shoulder, and hand (DASH) score, and plain radiographs. Statistical analysis was done using Student’s “t” test and SPSS software. The results were considered to be significant at P < 0.05.
Results: There was a statistically significant difference in functional outcome between the two groups at 3-month follow-up (CS; P = 0.0469 and DASH; P = 0.0406), though no such difference was recorded at 1-year follow-up (CS; P = 0.2731 and DASH; P = 0.4915). It implies that the patients in operative group improved functionally and returned to normal activities earlier than the non-operative group. Even patient satisfaction regarding shoulder appearance (cosmesis) was more in the operative group (100%) than in non-operative group (60%). The complications were more in the non-operative group (23), such as symptomatic malunion in 2 cases (8%), NU in 5 cases (20%), shortening in 3 cases (12%), and muscle wasting in 2 cases (8%), whereas only four complications were recorded in the operative group, of which two were implant related.
Conclusion: Surgical management of displaced midshaft clavicle fracture has definite short-term benefits with respect to functional outcome, early return to preinjury activities, and a lower rate of malunion and NU. Furthermore, due to difficulties of non-operative treatment including pain and instability at fracture site, tightness of clavicle brace, difficulties in self-hygiene, and high percentage of NU, especially in high-energy fractures; operative treatment is a good option in displaced midshaft clavicle fracture, especially in active adult patients.
Keywords: Clavicle fracture, Conservative management, Surgical management.


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How to Cite this article: Ranjan N, Agarwal A, Garg A. A Comparative Study of Conservative and Surgical Management of Displaced Midshaft Clavicle Fracture. Trauma International Jan – Apr 2019;5(1):23-27

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Cannulated Cancellous Screw and Ender’s Nail Fixation in Stable Intertrochanteric Femur Fracture in Elderly Patient With Co-Morbid Condition

Vol 5 | Issue 1 | Jan-April 2019 | page: 17-22  |Rohan R Memon, Drashtant Patel

Author: Rohan R Memon[1], Drashtant Pate[l1]

1 Department of orthopaedics, VS General hospital,NHL Medical college. Ahmedabad

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Rohan Rafik Memon,
Department of orthopaedics, VS General hospital,NHL Medical college. Ahmedabad


Background: Intertrochanteric Femur fracture is common in elderly patient with co-morbidity.Ender and Simon Weidner popularized the concept of closed condylocephlic nailing for intertrochanteric fractures in 1970. The clinical experience of authors revealed that Ender nailing alone cannot provide secure fixation in elderly patients with osteoporosis.
Aims and objectives;  we conducted a study to evaluate the efficacy of a combined fixation procedure using Ender nails and a cannulated compression screw for intertrochanteric fractures.
Study Design: This is a prospective observational type of study
Place and duration of studyDepartment of orthopaedics, NHL medical college between January 2015 to June 2018
Methodology: 52 patients with intertrochanteric fractures were treated using intramedullary Ender nails and cannulated compression screw from January 2015 to june 2018. We included those patients having age ≥50 years, with multiple co- morbid conditions like diabetes, hypertension, COPD, Asthma, bleeding disorders and multiple fractures, and duration of the Intertrochanteric fracture ≤ two week. We exclude young active patients < 50 yrs age, fracture > 2 weeks duration, fracture with lateral wall comminution and open fractures. The two Ender nails of 4.5mm each were passed across the fracture site into the proximal neck. This was reinforced with a 6.5 mm cannulated compression screw passed from the sub trochanteric region, across the fracture into the head.
Results; All the fractures were united within an average period of 13 weeks with a range of 10 – 13 weeks. The functional assessment was done with modified Harris hip score(Table no 1,2) and the mean was 86.3 with a range from 73 to 95 , and 26 patients were excellent, 20 patients were good , 4 patients were fair and two patients were poor with respect to total score. The analysis of this study fulfils the objectives of good functional outcome
Conclusions: The Ender nailing combined with compression screw fixation in cases of intertrochanteric fractures in high risk elderly patients could achieve reliable fracture stability with minimal complications.
Keywords: Compression screw, Ender nails, osteoporosis, inter-trochanteric fracture


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How to Cite this article:  Memon R R, Patel D. Cannulated Cancellous Screw and Ender’s Nail Fixation in Stable Intertrochanteric Femur Fracture in Elderly Patient With Co-Morbid Condition. Journal of Bone and Joint Diseases Jan – Apr 2019;5(1):17-22.


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Cannulated Cancellous Screw and Ender’s Nail Fixation in
Stable Intertrochanteric Femur Fracture in Elderly Patient
With Co-Morbid Condition

Comparative study of operative treatment of distal femur fractures using retrograde intramedullary nail versus locking plate Retrospective study

Vol 5 | Issue 1 | Jan-April 2019 | page:3-6 – Raviraj Shinde, Tanvi Shinde, Ajit Shinde

Author: Raviraj Shinde[1], Tanvi Shinde[1], Ajit Shinde[2]

1Department of Orthopaedics, Grant Medical College and Sir.J.J. Group of Hospitals, Mumbai.
2Shree AnnasahebShindeMhaishalkar Charitable Trust, Post Graduate Institute, Ambedkar road, civil hospital chowk, sangli

Address of Correspondence
Dr Raviraj Ajit shinde
Department of Orthopaedics, Grant Medical College and Sir.J.J. Group of Hospitals, Mumbai
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Introduction: The overall incidence of distal femur fractures is approximately 37 per 100,000 person-years.1 These fractures are either caused by high energy trauma in younger group or low energy falls in elderly population typically older women. As these fractures can lead to long term disability managing them is challenging task. Operative treatment for fracture fixation is recommended for optimal outcome. Although different modes of fracture fixation has evolved and no single method is uniformly successful. In our study we have compared fixation of distal femur fracture using locking plate and intramedullary nail.
Materials and Methods: Retrospectively collected data of operated distal femur fracture of 60 patients was included. Out of these 30 patients were operated with retrograde distal femoral nail and 30 were operated with locking distal femur plate. Patients were assessed with plain radiographs and CT scan was done for complex and intra articular fractures.  AO ( Muller) classification was used to classify the fracture type. Postoperative functional results were evaluated using Schatzker and Lambert critera at 1 year follow up.
Results: Mean age of the patients in the study was 45 yrs. with 73.33 % male and 26.67 % female patients. There were 41 extra articular fractures (type A) while 19 were intrarticular fractures (type C). 22 type A and 8 type C fractures were treated with retrograde nailing while 19 type A fractures and 11 type C fractures were treated with locking plate. In LCP group 28.57% cases had excellent result while 42.86% cases had good result while in retrograde supracondylar nail 13.33% had excellent result and 23.33 % had good result. There were 2 cases of infection, one in each group and 3 cases of malunion, which were managed with nail. Delayed union was encountered in 3 patients, two of them were managed with LCP.
Conclusion: Open reduction and internal fixation of distal femur has achieved excellent to good functional results with locking plate construct in all types of fractures while retrograde supracondylar nail can achieve comparable results when used in simple extraarticular fractures.For other fractures it is difficult to maintain length, alignment and rotation with retrograde nail.
Keywords: distal femur fracture, Retrograde intramedullary nail, locking distal femur plate, minimally invasive plating technique, Schatzker and Lambert criteria


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How to Cite this article:  Shinde R, Shinde T, Shinde A. Comparative study of operative treatment of distal femur fractures using retrograde intramedullary nail versus locking plate; Retrospective study. Trauma International Jan-Apr 2019;5(1):3-6

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A Study about the Relationship between Vitamin D Level and Hip Fractures

Vol 5 | Issue 1 | Jan-April 2019 | page: 7-9  |Albert Naveen Anthony, Joe Joseph Cherian, M J Saji.

Author: Albert Naveen Anthony [1], Joe Joseph Cherian [1], M. J Saji [2].

[1] Department of Orthopaedics, St. John’s Medical College Hospital, Sarjapur Road Koramangala, Bangalore. India.
[2] Department of Orthopaedics, Narayana Hridalaya Hospital, H.S.R. Layout, Bangalore.

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Joe Joseph Cherian,
Dept. of Orthopaedics, St. John’s Medical College Hospital, Sarjapur Road, Koramangala,
Bangalore – 560034 Karnataka State. India.


Introduction: Hip fractures are devastating injuries that most often affect the elderly and have a tremendous impact on both the healthcare system and society in general. The role of calcium and Vitamin D deficiency in bone metabolism is known and hence the necessity for further evaluation and studies to check its influence in hip fractures.
Method: A descriptive type of study was conducted between October 2012 and July 2014 in St. John’s Medical College and Hospital. Patients who fulfilled the inclusion criteria were included in the study. Once the diagnosis of hip fractures was made then following tests were done on day 1 of admission – Vitamin D (CLIA method), calcium, phosphate, and alkaline phosphatase.
Results: The study also showed that the incidence of the neck of femur fracture was comparable with intertrochanteric fractures. While neck of femur fractures was more common in female patients, while intertrochanteric fracture was common in male patients. These fractures were mainly seen in the age group between 61 and 70 years of age. The overall Vitamin D deficiency was 76% among all patients, with more predominance (84.6%) in female patients. Increased grades of fracture injury were seen in both fracture neck of femur and intertrochanteric fractures, when Vitamin D level was below 20 ng/ml
Conclusion: The prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency among hip fractures necessitates correction of its serum value in the body. The treatment of Vitamin D deficiency may decrease the incidence of hip fractures and result in milder grades of fractures. This may help in better management of hip fractures and reduce the financial burden of healthcare costs.
Keywords: Vitamin D, Vitamin D deficiency, Hip fractures


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How to Cite this article:  Anthony A B, Cherian J J, Saji M J. A Study about the Relationship between Vitamin D Level and Hip Fractures. Trauma International JanAprl 2018;5(1):7-9


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Complicated Tibial Plateau Fractures in Young Patients: Functional Outcome with Dual Plating through two Incision Technique

Vol 5 | Issue 1 | Jan-April 2019 | page: 28-31 |Abdul Qadir, Muhammad Muzzammil, Muhammad Tahir Lakho, Maratib Ali.

Author: Abdul Qadir [1],Muhammad Muzzammil [1], Muhammad Tahir Lakho [1], Maratib Ali [2]

1 Dept. Of orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Ruth  K.M Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi – Pakistan.

2 Dept. Of orthopaedic surgery, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Karachi Pakistan.

Address of Correspondence

Dr. Abdul Qadir
Orthopedic surgeon
Dr. Ruth K.M Pfau civil hospital
Dow university of health sciences
Karachi pakistan


Objective: Motorbike accidents contribute one of the most important factors of tibial plateau fracture among young populations in Karachi Pakistan. Most surgeons feel challenging to treatment complicated bicondylar fractures of the tibial plateau.This prospective study was designed to evaluate the functional outcomes of dual plating through a two-incisions technique for the fixation of complicated bicondylar tibial plateau fractures in young patients in Karachi Pakistan.

Methods: This prospective study includes 94 cases of Type V and VI tibial plateau fractures of young patient’s age range from 15 to 45 years, operated between January 2014 and December 2016 conducted in two public sector hospital of Karachi Pakistan (Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center, Civil Hospital Karachi). Exclusion criteria include patients with multiple fractures on the same side or same bone, age >45 years, open contaminated fracture, open fracture,and patients with head injuries. All cases were operated either by lateral locking plate fixation by anterolateral approach or dual plating through double incisions. These all cases were followed for a minimum of 24 months radiologically and clinically. The statistical analysis was performed using software SPSS 20.0 to analyze the data.

Results: A total of 94 patients (45 Single Plating and 49 Dual Plating)were operated during the study period of 2 years. However, four patients (4 single plating and 0 dual plating) were lost during follow-up who could not be tracked. Both groups were somewhat similar in relation to the age, mechanism of injury, fracture pattern, and soft tissue injury. Preoperatively, there was a significant increase in surgical time with the dual plating group; however, the mean time of reduction between the two groups was not significant. The decision to put bone graft was at the choice of the operating surgeon and was an intra operative decision with 74 (78.7%) patients receiving the bone graft. Post-operatively, there was no immediate difference in between the groups considering thermal alignment and reduction. It took approximately 4–5 months for the fractures to get united. There was normal union,non union or implant failure seen among those patients. There were 10 cases with superficial infection in wounds of dual plating group which were treated with culture sensitive antibiotics for average 2 weeks, healed subsequently. There were three patients found having an incidence of deep infection in a double plating group, wherein 2 patients were positive with Staphylococcus aureus and 1 patient with Escherichia coli was isolated. Extensive wound irrigation and lavage with antibiotic cement beads were given. Repeated irrigation and lavage were done again after 2 weeks with the removal of beads followed by prolonged course of antibiotic therapy for 6 weeks after which the infection resolved.A total of 38 (77%) patients in a double plating group regained full flexion (135°) and full extension (0°) with a good alignment and no pain and instability as compared to single plating group, seen in 30 (66%) patients at follow-up.

Conclusion: Dual plating by two-incision method resulted in better functional outcome regarding limb alignment and range of movements at knee joint with an acceptable soft tissue complication rate in young patients.

Keywords: Complicated tibial plateau fracture, Young patients, Double incision, Dual plating.


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How to Cite this article:  Qadir A, Muzzammil M, Lakho M T, Ali M. Complicated Tibial Plateau Fractures in Young Patients: Functional Outcome with Dual Plating through two Incision Technique. Trauma International Jan-Aprl 2019;5(1):28-31.


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Chronic osteomyelitis in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina: Long-term health consequences of warfare

Vol 5 | Issue 1 | Jan-April 2019 | page:14 -16  |Katherine O. Ryken, Semin Becirbegovic, Ismet Gavrankopetanovic, J Lawrence Marsh, Marin Schweizer.

Author: Katherine O. Ryken [1], Semin Becirbegovic [2], Ismet Gavrankopetanovic [2], J Lawrence Marsh [1], Marin Schweizer [1]

1 Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
2 Department of Orthopedics&Traumatology, University of Sarajevo ClinicalCenter, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Address of Correspondence
Dr. Katherine O. Ryken,
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA


Introduction: Chronic osteomyelitis (COM) is a severely debilitating disease, causing both physical and psychological repercussions for patients. It is particularly common in austere environments and areas of armed conflict. 1,2,3 The most common cause across all age groups is neglected penetrating wounds.4 Often overlooked, COM is one of the many lasting health effects of warfare. Deep infections of the bone following penetrating and blast injuries are common in regions plagued by conflict and cause major physical and social disability.
Materials & Methods: Patient records at the University of Sarajevo Clinical Center Department of Orthopedics & Traumatology were analyzed retrospectively between 2003 and 2013 of patients hospitalized with diagnosed COM.
Results: 155 patients were hospitalized at UCCS for the treatment of chronic osteomyelitis between 2003-2013. Mean age of patients at the time of hospitalization was 56 years. The most common medical comorbidity of patients was diabetes mellitus type 2. Unemployment among patients was 46.1%. The most common cause of COM in this cohort was intentional injury associated with the war between the years of 1992-1995 (46.2%). These were caused by sniper or gunshot wounds (25.4%), landmines or unexploded ordnance (37.7%), and mortar shell explosions (28.8%). The mean hospital stay among patients with COM at UCCS was 31.10 days, although this varied widely depending upon the severity of symptoms and the type of treatment required.
Conclusion: The health burden of chronic osteomyelitis persists for many years beyond the original. Chronic pain and disability contribute to a lifetime of repeated treatments, hospital stays, and high rates of unemployment. This study describes the current burden of COM upon the population of Sarajevo, as well as serving as a foreboding prediction of what can be expected in war zones for many years in the future.
Keywords: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo, chronic osteomyelitis, war injuries, orthopedics, infectious disease, social medicine.


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How to Cite this article:  Ryken K O, Becirbegovic S, Gavrankopetanovic I, Marsh J L, Schweizer M. Chronic osteomyelitis in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina: Long-term health consequences of warfare. Trauma International May – Aug 2019;5(1):14-16.


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