Dead Space Management After Orthopaedic Trauma: Tips, Tricks, and Pitfalls.
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.
Gage, MJ; Yoon, RS; Gaines, RJ; Dunbar, RP; Egol, KA; Liporace, FA
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