Talus Fractures

  • E. H. Kuner
  • H. L. Lindenmaier
  • P. Münst

Abstract

One of the first reports of an injury of the talus is by Herodot (490–420 B.C.) (cited in [8]). King Darius I (522–486 B.C.) is said to have fallen from his horse while hunting a lion, sustaining an open fracture-dislocation. The most important phrase in the original Greek is “the talus dislocated out of the joint”. The treatment by an Egyptian surgeon was successful and the king was able to walk without difficulty. In another report in 1608 Fabricius Hildanus [7] mentions a surgeon who, in 1582, successfully treated an open talar dislocation by talectomy. This method, rather than primary amputation, was also suggested by Cooper in 1818 [5]. James Syme in the mid-nineteenth century on the other hand, preferred primary amputation for the treatment of open fracture-dislocations of the talus [24]. He based his suggestion on the known mortality of 84% following such an injury at that time.

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Titanium Immobilization Kelly 

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  • E. H. Kuner
  • H. L. Lindenmaier
  • P. Münst

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