Research Article| Volume 2, ISSUE 1, P22-25, July 1970

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The protective influence of compression used in internal fixation on recently osteotomized rabbit tibiae

Preliminary communication
  • N.St.J.P. Dwyer
    Requests for reprints should be addressed to:—N. St. J. P. Dwyer, Esq., M.B., Ch.B.(Edin.), F.R.C.S.(Eng. and Edin.), Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Northfield, Birmingham 31.
    Birmingham Accident Hospital, UK
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      In 36 New Zealand white rabbits tibial osteotomies have been immobilized by the application of stainless-steel plates and screws. Twenty of the animals had compression applied to this fixation. The remaining 16 had no compression. The results suggest that the mechanical stability in the compressed group was greater than in the uncompressed osteotomies.
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        The Effects of Axial Compression on the Healing of Experimental Fractures of the Rabbit Tibia.
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        Technique of Internal Fixation of Fractures.
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