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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Distally, the frontal plane guide wire is parallel to the plantar aspect of the foot in its valgus position 1. If the valgus is from the femur, hemiepiphysiodesis of the distal femur can be carried out using a screw-plate device at the time of the ankle surgery. Arthrogryposis Larsen syndrome Rapadilino syndrome. Remove the trapezoidal segment of bone from the tibia Figs. Examine its shape to determine if it is round and whether its curvature will limit ankle motion.

Fibular hemimelia – Wikipedia

One of the other criticisms of lengthening fibula the psychologic impact on the child. In such cases, it is not unusual to perform the SUPERankle procedure with application of the external fixator for lengthening tibia and femur. Displace the osteotomy and disengage the bone fragments.

Insert a wire from the medial side perpendicular to the tibia at the shortening hemimeloa away from the distal tibial frontal plane wire at the lateral cortex. In summary, knowing the Paley classification type of FH determines very specifically the type of osteotomy that should be performed. In some cases it may actually be fused to the calcaneus. At the time of final follow-up, all limbs had regained full knee motion and all feet were plantigrade.

Both patients and parents completed psychosocial, quality of life QoL and hemimelai surveys. In the grade 3 FH group, two patients required six stages of reconstruction a stage referred to as a lengthening or a deformity correctionfour required five stages, six required four stages, three required three stages, four fibualr two fubular and one required hemimslia stage.

These are commonly referred to as postaxial deficiencies and are distinct in their pattern from preaxial deficiencies such as tibial hemimelia. If there is a diaphyseal procurvatum-valgus angulation the second osteotomy may be at or distal to the apex of this deformity. A 6-month-old boy presents with Paley type 3c FH. Therefore, because the worst-case analysis in stabilizing and correcting the foot deformity is ankle arthrodesis, there is no reason that the foot cannot be made stable in a plantigrade position.


Once the calcaneus is medialized, varusized and distalized, it should be pinned with two retrograde wires through the foot.

Neither the parents of the child with FH nor the child themselves have any increased risk of producing additional children with this or other birth defects. Catagni MA, Guerreschi F. FH has been reproduced in a mouse model [ 4 ], suggesting that in most cases it may be a somatic gene mutation, although this theory has not been confirmed. Fibulag anlage is resected. The exception to this is when FH is associated with deficiency in more than one limb; for example, bilateral FH is often an autosomal dominant hemiemlia.

The ankle joint is primarily made up of the lower end of the tibia, which is often severely deformed as well in patients with fibular hemimelia. Fibular hemimelia is a birth defect where part or all of the fibular bone is missing, as well as associated limb length discrepancy, foot deformities, and knee deformities. The child with a limb deficiency. Fix the osteotomy in place with two retrograde wires. A walking ring is added below the distal ring Fig. Bone growth following lengthening for congenital shortening of the lower limb.

Dorsiflexion is limited by the short neck of the talus and its impingement with the neck due to the lack of talar neck offset concavity.

Insert supramalleolar tibial guide wires in the frontal and sagittal planes parallel to the plantar aspect of the foot as distal as possible without crossing the distal tibial physis Fig. fibuoar

Surgical reconstruction for fibular hemimelia

Prognosis Fibular deficiency is usually a benign condition, although in severe cases it can be debilitating. It most often is unilateral present only on one side. The buttress of the fibula is replaced by the varusized fiublar plafond, since the lateral plafond is now more distal than the medial plafond. The lateral epiphysis of the proximal tibia may be delayed in its ossification compared to the normal opposite side.

This takes time and patience to fibulxr the calcaneus to move.


Proximally, the frontal plane guide wire is perpendicular to the tibia 2. Sometimes, there isn’t a lot of difference in leg length. The talus in most of these patients has a very fubular arc of curvature and a short talar neck. Treatment of genu valgus deformity in congenital absence of the fibula. Paley was the first to identify that the hemielia deformity was not caused by tight muscles or the anlage, fibuar rather, it is due to malorientation of the joint itself, which is invisible to x-ray since the joint is mostly made of cartilage at a young age.

After the cut is completed, carefully distract it to visualize the posterior tibial neurovascular bundle. Lengthening should not be an excruciatingly painful experience. As long as the foot is plantigrade, the foot in FH is very hemimeloa even with one, two, three or four rays. Therefore an osteotomy or chondrotomy of the coalition must be performed prior to displacing the subtalar coalition osteotomy.

The few cases that are too dysplastic or fail these procedures can fibularr salvaged successfully with ankle fusion. Open in a separate window. This identifies the knee joint line. Other studies have demonstrated that isolated mutations of genes in the forming limb bud can lead to fibular hemimelia. Children with fibular hemimelia are missing part or all of their fibula and this bump may be completely missing.

The talus too ranges in its articular shape from normal to ball shaped in the frontal plane and from round to nearly flat in the sagittal plane.

For type 3A the tibial osteotomy with shortening alone can be performed. If there is 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. It can be combined with lengthening, but it does not have to be.

The choice is therefore that of the parents as to which procedure they prefer for their child.