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Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Traumatology and Orthopedics, Minsk,
The Republic of Belarus

Fractures of the talus are rare injuries (up to 2.5% from the foot fractures), but the consequences of incorrect treatment are catastrophic, leading to osteoarthritis and long-lasting function impairment. Fearing complication is avascular necrosis of the body of the talus with previously reported incidence up to 50-75%. The changes of surgical strategy during the last decades have led to significant improvement of results and decrease of complications. Urgent treatment is only indicated in open injuries, as well in cases of fracture-dislocations where the displaced bone fragment threatens with skin necrosis. If closed reduction is successful, internal fixation is better to perform in delayed manner after the resolution of soft-tissue swelling. According to the present-day literature data, such an approach does not lead to the increase of the rate of avascular necrosis, but reduces the rate of wound complications and improves long-term results by thorough pre-operative planning and execution of surgery. The use of double surgical approaches (antero-medial and antero-lateral) provides anatomic fracture reduction with maintenance of the tiny blood supply of talus bone.

Keywords: talus, fracture, treatment terms, osteosynthesis, complications
p. 337-343 of the original issue
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Sitnik Alexandre A., PhD, Associate Professor, Head of the Laboratory of Adult Traumatology, Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Traumatology and Orthopedics, Minsk, Republic of Belarus.
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