Application of 3-dimensional printing technology to kirschner wire fixation of adolescent condyle fracture

  • Dong Z
  • Li Q
  • Bai S
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Abstract

Condyle fractures are common in children and are increasingly treated with open reduction. Three-dimensional printing has developed into an important method of assisting surgical treatment. This report describes the case of a 14-year-old patient treated for a right condyle fracture at the authors' hospital. Preoperatively, the authors designed a surgical guide using 3-dimensional printing and virtual surgery. The 3-dimensional surgical guide allowed accurate alignment of the fracture using Kirschner wire without additional dissection and tissue injury. Kirschner wire fixation augmented by 3-dimensional printing technology produced a good outcome in this adolescent condyle fracture.

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Authors

  • Zhiwei Dong

  • Qihong Li

  • Shizhu Bai

  • Li Zhang

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