Manufacturing imperfection of a locking plate screw hole: a case report.


Journal Article

Plate and screw fixation devices are essential in the orthopaedic surgical management of various fractures. Production of these devices has been nearly perfected, with few manufacturing defects reported. Assuming that all implants have been machined properly may cause a surgeon to overlook a manufacturing defect and may potentially result in a poor patient outcome. We report a case of the imperfect manufacturing of a less invasive stabilization system (LISS) plate screw hole. This resulted in a loss of fixation of a single locking screw to the plate in the treatment of a distal femoral fracture. Prompt recognition of the defect helped avoid a potential adverse outcome for the patient. When these issues arise, open dialogue with industry is crucial to promptly identify a solution and enhance patient care. This case highlights the manufacturing company's outstanding quality control and prompt solution of such an occurrence. It is the purpose of this report to raise surgeons' awareness of potential manufacturing problems with implants and prevent negative consequences as a result.

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Cited Authors

  • Zura, RD; Simovitch, RW; Radkowski, CA

Published Date

  • January 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 179 - 183

PubMed ID

  • 16700658

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16700658

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1940-4379

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1050-6934

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1615/jlongtermeffmedimplants.v16.i2.70


  • eng