The management of combined loss of skin coverage and bone substance in the lower third of the leg is problematic. A recommended sequential strategy associates removal of infected tissue and coverage followed by treatment of the bone defect. We report a technique without microsurgery, using Masquelet’s induced membrane technique to manage the bone loss, associated to bone transport and coverage by a fasciocutaneous flap with distal pedicle. In a patient presenting with a 10cm defect with bone exposure, this 2-step procedure allowed consolidation at 7 months without functional sequelae; the fixator was kept in place for 9 months. Neither microsurgery nor cancellous bone graft was required. Using a spacer to induce a membrane facilitated bone transport and distal consolidation.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Open fracture, Bone defect, Fasciocutaneous flap, Bone transport, Induced membrane