Author: Fred Kahn MD, FRCS (C)
Source: Meditech International Inc.
Extensive contusion injury right anterior tibia
63-year-old retired school teacher fell down a flight stairs on August 03, 2006 and subsequently developed an extensive hematoma and wound on the anterior aspect of the right tibia. Draining sinus and ulcer developed and packing of the deep tissues/dressings was applied every two days. Patient was treated with an extensive number of antibiotics and other medications without any significant improvement.
- right calf 1.5inches greater in diameter than left
- draining sinus and ulcer present
- marked tenderness and edema anterior tibia
Therapy at Meditech Centre
Initiated October 04, 2006:
- all medications discontinued
- dressing discarded and wound treated by open exposure
- saline compresses applied during night
- laser treatment utilized every second day
# of Treatments
- fourteen over a course of three weeks.
- patient asymptomatic
- no evidence of inflammation
- ambulating without difficulty
- mid-calf diameter equal bilaterally
- healing of ulcer and sinus
Condition on Discharge
- ulcer healed
- no medication or additional therapy required
- patient fully functional
Figure 1. Picture of anterior tibia (10 days post-trauma).
(August 19, 2006)
Figure 2. Initiation of laser treatment.
(October 4, 2006)
Figure 3. Intermediate stage.
(October 10, 2006)
Figure 4. Picture October 24, 2006, at discharge.
(October 24, 2006)