Metatarsal epiphyseal bracket: Treatment by central physiolysis

S. J. Mubarak, T. J. O'Brien, Jon Davids

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Longitudinal epiphyseal bracket (LEB) is a rare ossification anomaly in which an epiphysis brackets the diaphysis of a phalanx, metacarpal, or metatarsal. This abnormal epiphysis tethers longitudinal growth, resulting in a shortened and oval-shaped bone. Four patients with five LEBs were treated by central physiolysis and followed for a mean of 6 years. The patients had significant hallux varus deformity. Three patients had duplicated great toes, and two had tibia hemimelia significant enough to require epiphysiodesis as they neared adolescence. Resection of the LEB allowed the proximal and distal epiphysis to resume untethered growth. Silastic or methyl methacrylate was placed over the resected physis to prevent bony rebridging. The associated hallux varus deformity was corrected by capsulorrhaphy and K-wire fixation. In all patients, the metatarsal resumed longitudinal growth and correction of the hallux varus was maintained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-8
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery


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