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Repurposing denosumab for recalcitrant bone healing

Abstract

Fracture healing has four phases: haematoma formation, soft callus, hard callus and remodelling. Often, non-healing fractures have an arrest of one of these phases, which need resurgery. We have repurposed denosumab for impaired fracture healing cases to avoid surgical intervention. Here, we report a series of three cases of impaired fracture healing where denosumab was given 120 mg subcutaneous dosages for 3 months to enhance healing. All the three cases have shown complete bone union at a mean follow-up of 6.7 months (5–9 months) as assessed clinically and radiologically, and have observed no adverse effect of the therapy. Denosumab given in this dose aids fracture healing by increasing callus volume, density and bridges the fracture gap in recalcitrant fracture healing cases where the callus fails to consolidate.

  • drug therapy related to surgery
  • trauma
  • medical management
  • orthopaedics

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