Fibular Hemimelia: A Case Report
Fibular hemimelia is the congenital absence of the fibula and it is the most common congenital absence of long bone of the extremities. Shortening of the extremity is obvious at birth with leg-length discrepancy. On plain radiograph of the leg and foot, significant fibular deficiency (hypoplasia) or absence of the fibula can be seen. In this case report, a 6-month-old baby boy with fibular hemimelia is presented. The radiological diagnosis and differential diagnosis are discussed. The treatments which include repeated corrective osteotomies and leg-lengthening surgery are costly and associated with residual deformity.
Keywords: Fibula, Hemimelia, Radiology, Diagnosis
Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice Vol. 10 (3) 2007 pp. 259-261