Dead Space Management After Orthopaedic Trauma: Tips, Tricks, and Pitfalls.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

UNLABELLED: Dead space is defined as the residual tissue void after tissue loss. This may occur due to tissue necrosis after high-energy trauma, infection, or surgical debridement of nonviable tissue. This review provides an update on the state of the art and recent advances in the management of osseous and soft tissue defects. Specifically, our focus will be on the initial dead space assessment, provisional management of osseous and soft tissue defects, techniques for definitive reconstruction, and dead space management in the setting of infection. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Therapeutic Level V. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gage, MJ; Yoon, RS; Gaines, RJ; Dunbar, RP; Egol, KA; Liporace, FA

Published Date

  • February 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 64 - 70

PubMed ID

  • 26429404

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1531-2291

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/BOT.0000000000000454


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States