Dissociation of a Femoral Intramedullary Magnetic Lengthening Nail During Routine Hardware Removal: A Case Report

Mitchell A. Johnson, Alexa J. Karkenny, Alexandre Arkader, Richard S. Davidson

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Abstract

CASE: A 15-year-old boy with a right femur length discrepancy secondary to infection underwent hardware removal 1-year status-post right femur osteotomy with placement of an antegrade intramedullary magnetic lengthening nail after successful lengthening of 4.2 cm. During hardware removal, dissociation between the proximal (outer) and distal (inner) components of the device was observed. The distal component was removed using an endoscopic pituitary rongeur after considering multiple possible techniques. CONCLUSIONS: In the event of nail disconnection during removal of an intramedullary implant, we recommend use of a long pituitary rongeur to retrieve the distal nail component.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJBJS Case Connector
Volume11
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 8 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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