The successful treatment of genu recurvatum as a complication following eight-Plate epiphysiodesis in a 10-year-old girl: a case report with a 3.5-year follow-up

J Pediatr Orthop B. 2013 Jul;22(4):318-21. doi: 10.1097/BPB.0b013e3283623b2c.


We report a case of genu recurvatum following eight-Plate epiphysiodesis and the successful treatment of this complication. A 10-year-old patient underwent epiphysiodesis of the knee with eight-Plates. She was followed up and genu recurvatum developed as a complication. At the 12-month follow-up after epiphysiodesis, the treated knee showed a flexion of 135° and an extension of 35°. Lateral radiograph evaluation showed an extension change of the femur. During reoperation, the eight-Plates were repositioned more posterior, which resulted in successful treatment of the hyperextension. Eight-Plates can lead to (treatable) articular surface angle changes in the sagittal plane.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Bone Plates
  • Child
  • Female
  • Femur / surgery
  • Growth Plate / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Knee Joint*
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / surgery*
  • Orthopedic Procedures / adverse effects*
  • Orthopedic Procedures / instrumentation
  • Tibia / surgery