Osteosynthesis and Trauma Care 2002; 10(Suppl 1): S39-S40
DOI: 10.1055/s-2002-33833
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Pin Track Infection and Pin Loosening in Dynamic Axial External Fixation: Preliminary Results of Hydroxyapatite Coating

R. H. Meffert, H. Jansen, F. Schiedel, M. Langer, A. Joist
  • Klinik und Poliklinik für Unfall- und Handchirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Münster, Germany
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Publication Date:
11 September 2002 (online)


One of the most frequent and troublesome complications in the treatment using external fixation is the occurrence of pin track infections [1] [2] [7] [8]. There are experimental and clinical observations suggesting a superior bone-pin interface and a lower rate of pin track related infections using hydroxyapatite (HA) coated pins [3] [4] [5]. Since HA-coated pins are considerably more expensive in manufacture compared to steel pins, we look critically for clinical advantages to justify a general recommendation for their use. The goal of this study was to evaluate the severity and frequency of pin-related infections and the bonding of the bone pin interface using dynamic axial external fixation in the lower limb.


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PD Dr. R. H. Meffert

Klinik und Poliklinik für Unfall- und Handchirurgie

Universitätsklinikum Münster

Waldeyerstr. 1

48149 Münster


Email: rmeffert@uni-muenster.de