Revista Cubana de Ortopedia y Traumatología
versão On-line ISSN 1561-3100
A cross-sectional descriptive study was made on 61 patients diagnosed with and treated for open diaphyseal fractures of the tibia at "Manuel Ascunce Domenech" provincial teaching clinical-surgical hospital in Camaguey City from January 1998 to January 2002. Male sex was predominant in 78,6% of patients. The highest incidental age group was 26-35 years-old. Traffic accidents were the most frequent cause of these fractures. The medial third of the tibia was the most affected area in 63.9% of patients. Fracture type II from the Gustillo & Anderson classification predominated. RALCA external fixator was the most used therapeutical technique. Delayed consolidation and infection were the most common complications in 19.6% and 16.3% of cases respectively.
Palavras-chave : Open fractures of the tibia; external fixators.