We used calcium-phosphate cement combined with minimal internal fixation to treat 49 fractures of the lateral tibial plateau. There were 25 split depression fractures, 22 pure depression fractures and two bicondylar fractures. Anatomical reduction was obtained in 38 fractures, satisfactory reduction in nine and imperfect reduction in two. Of 44 patients reviewed at one year, 33 were rated as having an excellent reduction. Functional outcome as measured by the Rasmussen score was good or excellent at six months in 92% (44/48) of patients and in 95% (42/44) at one year. Eight (16%) showed some loss of reduction of the plateau. In seven of these the loss of reduction was slight (<3 mm) and no action was taken. One patient with a deep infection had gross loss of reduction and a poor functional outcome. Calcium-phosphate cement is a useful alternative to bone grafting for the treatment of fractures of the tibial plateau.
- Received June 27, 2001.
- Accepted March 13, 2002.
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