Also known as congenital absence of the fibula, congenital fibular deficiency, paraxial fibular hemimelia and aplasia/hypoplasia of the fibula, fibular hemimelia . Fibular hemimelia. Disease definition. Fibular hemimelia is a congenital longitudinal limb deficiency characterized by complete or partial absence of the fibula. consists of shortening or entire absence of the fibula; previously known as fibular hemimelia; the most common congenital long bone deficiency.

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Most patients with type 1 FH do not require any foot surgery; rather, treatment consists hemimelix lengthening the tibia and fibula with no foot fixation. Perhaps the largest series in the recent fibbular with the longest follow-up duration is that presented by Catagni and Guerreschi [ 43 ].

The fixed equino-valgus deformity is due to a malorientation of the ankle joint distal tibial epiphysis is in procurvatum-valgus; the LDTA is decreased and ADTA is increased. The talus in most of these patients has a very limited arc of curvature and a short talar neck. For more information, see Lengthening for Fibular Hemimelia.

Fibular hemimelia FH is a congenital deficiency where part or all of the fibular bone is hypoplastic, dysplastic or aplastic associated with hypoplasia and dysplasia of the tibia and hypoplasia, dysplasia and aplasia of parts of the foot. These guide wires are inserted at the angle of the plane of the osteotomy.

Fibular Hemimelia

A ifbular graph for leg-length discrepancies. Decompress this nerve proximal and distal to the level it exits the fascia Fig. This valgus is related both to the distal femur and the proximal tibia. If there is a diaphyseal procurvatum-valgus angulation the second osteotomy may be at or distal to the apex of this deformity.

Fibular hemimelia presents with foot deformity and leg length discrepancy. They leave the first consultation with a good understanding of what it would take to successfully correct the foot and leg deformities and to equalize the limb length discrepancy by skeletal maturity. Identify the intermuscular septum between the anterior and lateral compartments.

This procedure hmeimelia a stable plantigrade foot and ankle. Rarely, fibular hemimelia is associated with nonskeletal malformations eye abnormalities such as anterior chamber anomalies or anophthalmia, cardiac anomalies, renal dysplasia, thrombocytopenia, thoracoabdominal schisis, spina bifida and, rarely, intellectual deficit. Fibular hemimelia or longitudinal fibular deficiency is “the congenital absence of the fibula and it is the most common congenital absence of long bone of the extremities.

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This includes one anteromedial and anterolateral half pin proximally and two half pins and a wire in the tibia distally Fig.

Surgical reconstruction for fibular hemimelia

Plantar flexion is limited by impingement with the calcaneus posteriorly, due hemimrlia the subtalar coalition and the malposition of the calcaneus with the talus. A discussion of femoral lengthening is beyond the scope of this article, but for further information the reader is referred to published studies [ 32 — 34 ].

Use the elevator or scissors ffibular release part of the distal interosseous membrane between the tibia and fibula. If there is a fixed equino-varus foot deformity, then it is a type 4. Dorsiflexion is limited by the short neck of the talus and its impingement with the neck due to the lack of talar neck offset concavity.

This limb length discrepancy follows a Shapiro 1a curve, meaning its growth inhibition remains constant [ 5 ]. Although most of the patients could bike or swim, athletic pursuits were more limited than in the grade 1 and 2 patients.

Many patients with Finular have hypoplasia or aplasia of the anterior and or posterior cruciate ligaments. This is an important economic consideration. Conclusion In conclusion, the final result of lengthening for FH is dependent on the final foot position after reconstruction.

Fibular Deficiency (anteromedial bowing) – Pediatrics – Orthobullets

The total leg length discrepancy at skeletal maturity and the separate bone segment femur, tibia, foot height discrepancy at maturity can be calculated using the multiplier method for limb length discrepancy prediction [ 18 ]. Children with FH have five main problems with their affected limb: A baby with hemimelia can have problems that parents won’t see.

Fibulag the level of the overlap. The tibia and fibula should separate apart after these releases Fig. The etiology is unclear. Progressive genu valgum after lengthening is another cause of valgus in patients with fibular hemimelia.

We now know that the amount of bemimelia length discrepancy and foot deformity, which are the two biggest problems in FH, do not correlate to the amount of fibula that is missing. Experts who treat bone problems have several options to help kids with a hemimelia. Why are the results that are reported by many authors so poor [ 42 ]? This interaction is the reason why even small amounts of loss of length or position of the fibula after ankle fracture can lead to lateral subluxation of the talus in the mortise and eventually ankle arthritis [ 23 ].


The reason for the unsatisfactory outcomes was residual or recurrent foot and tibial deformities. These temporarily arthrodese the ankle joint in its neutral position.

Fibular Hemimelia (for Parents)

This coalition will block the correction of the subtalar osteotomy. Most midfoot deformities are most commonly related to coalition hemi,elia the cuboid and calcaneus. This malorientation points the foot towards the outside lateral and down posteriorcreating what is hemimeila an equinovalgus deformity.

Fracture of the proximal portion of the tibia in children followed by valgus deformity. For more information on the etiology and treatment of fibular hemimelia, please see our Fibular Hemimelia FAQ.

Dror Paley Paley Institute, 45th St. The logic of this does not follow since for a foot deformity the recommendation is to correct the foot yemimelia for a leg length discrepancy the recommendation is to lengthen the leg; therefore, should not the recommendation for a foot deformity with a leg length discrepancy be to correct the foot deformity and lengthen the leg?

J Foot Ankle Surg. During the surgery, one or two of the hemiimelia plates in the longer leg are scraped or compressed with surgical plate and screws. To objectively figular the level of the knee valgus, the lateral distal femoral angle LDFA and medial proximal tibia angle MPTA should both be measured off of the distal femoral joint line.

The goal of the SUPERankle procedure is to correct the alignment and stability of the ankle joint and foot.

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