Mal union

Mal union of a fracture is defined as healing of a fracture in an improper alignment. The mal union of the bone may be in the form of shortening, angulation etc.

How to diagnose malunion?

The mal union is diagnosed with a combination of clinical as well as radiological examination. The most common investigation to diagnose a mal union is a X ray.

How to manage a mal union?

The decision to correct a malunion is based on the surgeon’s and the patient’s perception of the amount of deformity and the correlated disability caused by the mal union.

After a decision to correct a symptomatic malunion has been taken, surgery is usually needed.