The fibula in congenital pseudoarthrosis of the tibia: the EPOS multicenter study. European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society (EPOS)

J Pediatr Orthop B. 2000 Apr;9(2):69-74. doi: 10.1097/01202412-200004000-00001.


Fibular involvement in congenital pseudoarthrosis of the tibia (CPT) can be either a rare isolated pathology or is in association with the tibial changes. Out of 282 patients with CPT who had complete radiographic work-up, 62% (almost two thirds) demonstrated fibular pathology: 36% had true fibular pseudoarthrosis and the rest, i.e., 26% had fibular hypoplasia or dysplastic fibula. Neurofibromatosis was found in 62% of the patients with fibular pathology. The typical radiological features of tibial pseudoarthrosis are often missing in patients with fibular pathology. It is most probably because fibular changes precede the tibial involvement. In 250 patients with tibial surgical treatment, the highest rate of fusion occurred in patients with fibular involvement compared with those with normal fibula.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Europe
  • Fibula / diagnostic imaging
  • Fibula / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Neurofibromatoses / diagnostic imaging
  • Neurofibromatoses / pathology
  • Pseudarthrosis / congenital
  • Pseudarthrosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Pseudarthrosis / pathology*
  • Radiography
  • Tibial Fractures / diagnostic imaging
  • Tibial Fractures / pathology