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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Abstract Fibular hemimelia presents with foot deformity and leg length discrepancy. Progressive genu valgum after lengthening is another cause of valgus in patients with fibular hemimelia. The ankle joint, which is often a ball and socket type, cannot compensate for ffibular valgus knee since it usually has valgus instability dynamic valgus.

Springer, Heidelberg, pp — Make a second small longitudinal incision over the fibuular tibio-fibular syndesmosis. The other treatments which include repeated corrective osteotomies and leg-lengthening surgery Ilizarov apparatus are costly and associated with residual deformity.

This treatment covers the majority of cases with limb length discrepancy due to FH. Severe tibial growth retardation in total fibular hemimelia after limb lengthening. Paley D, Robbins C. Using the modified Dal Monte classification [ 12 ], these authors reported 32, 37 and 20 cases of grade 1, grade 2 and grade 3 FH, respectively, that fibluar treated with lengthenings, all of which led to completed reconstruction.

A bracket first metatarsal or a bracket conjoined first and second metatarsal with hallux varus is not uncommon. Use this additional exposure to further decompress the nerve Fig.

Toe and fibluar surgery Many patients with FH are missing one or more toes. Other studies have demonstrated that isolated mutations of genes in the forming limb bud can lead to fibular hemimelia.

Prevalence is estimated at 1 in 50, Retrieved from ” https: When the fibula is short distally, its distal physis is proximal to the ankle joint. As we all saw demonstrated in the London Olympics, amputees, and even bilateral below-the-knee amputees such as Oscar Pistorius, fitted with advanced prosthetics can even compete at the highest level.


While the results of this original SUPERankle procedure were excellent, the author noticed that in long-term followup there was weak push-off strength due to the lengthening of the Achilles tendon. Paley D, Guardo Hemimellia Lengthening reconstruction surgery for congenital femoral deficiency.

Fibular hemimelia – Wikipedia

Although most patients tolerate the lengthening process well, some patients do develop loss of appetite, weight loss and difficulty sleeping. Temporary k-wire fixation is used to hold it in place.

Published methods of surgical reconstruction have often failed due to residual or recurrent foot deformity. Heimelia of the knee can negatively impact the foot. The distal tibial physis is at the ankle joint level. It may also be related to the tendency for the proximal tibial epiphysis to ossify medially but not laterally, thereby creating an intra-articular component.

Fibular Hemimelia

Most patients with type 1 FH do not require any foot surgery; rather, treatment consists of lengthening the tibia and fibula with no foot fixation. You might need to bring your child for a series of visits over several months before the care team decides on a treatment. More on this topic for: The origin is unclear but follows a pattern similar to that seen with the Cozen phenomenon [ 27 ] after proximal tibial metaphyseal fractures.

If there fibjlar one conjoint tendon present, and it appears to be a brevis tendon attached to lateral calcaneus or to lateral side of foot but not extending to first metatarsalthen lengthen this tendon in a Z-fashion. Using a thin saw blade make the distal osteotomy parallel to the distal two wires along the jemimelia plane wire as its cutting surface Fig.


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.

Measure the distance between the distal fibular physis and the ankle joint. They are fixed and tensioned to a full ring which passes circumferentially around the foot Fig. Nigerian journal of clinical practice.


Each Paley classification type has a different surgical treatment; it is independent of the number of rays or the leg length discrepancy.

The cause of fibular hemimelia is unclear. A baby hemimeliz hemimelia can have problems that parents won’t see. This type can be misdiagnosed as a clubfoot.

These wires define the plane of the distal osteotomy Fig.

This characteristic makes the leg length discrepancy of FH predictable using the Anderson and Green [ 6 ], Moseley straight line graph [ 7 ], Amstutz method [ 8 ] or Paley Multiplier method [ fibulxr ].

Others have a large limb length difference and unstable joints. Mount external fixator to tibia and foot.

In many cases the ankle of type 1 cases appears completely normal, and the fibula is only slightly shorter at its upper end compared to the opposite side. J Bone Joint Surg Am. It should be noted that: This fixed equino-valgus can be divided into three groups:.

This fusion of function is gemimelia a subtalar coalition. It is important to correct this deformity either before or at the time of tibial lengthening. Example of reconstructive life plan A 6-month-old boy presents with Paley type gibular FH.

Surgical reconstruction for fibular hemimelia

Biomechanical principles related to FH reconstructive surgery The normal ground reaction force vector passes lateral to the center of the tibial plafond and talus because the point of contact of the calcaneus with the ground is lateral to the center of the ankle joint [ 22 ], resulting in a valgus moment arm on the ankle hemimslia.

Identify the lateral border of the soleus muscle and find its tendinous apponeurosis. These guide wires are inserted at the angle of the plane of the osteotomy. These show the foot is plantigrade, the diaphyseal angulation has been corrected, the ankle is hemimela and both talus and calcaneus can be seen on the lateral view.