Jennifer H Wood, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Maryland School of Medicine, University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, MD 21201, United States
Janet D Conway, International Center for Limb Lengthening, Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD 21215, United States
Author contributions: Wood JH and Conway JD contributed equally to this work by analyzing the available literature and developing concepts to be presented; Wood JH wrote and revised the manuscript; Conway JD provided a framework for this review, provided critical content and expert opinion, revised the manuscript, and contributed collective patient experience.
Conflict-of-interest: Janet D Conway has received fees from Biomet and Depuy Synthes for serving as a consultant, has received royalties from the University of Florida, and has received research funding from Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Kinetic Concepts, Inc., and CD Diagnostics; Jennifer H Wood does not have any conflicts of interest to report.
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Correspondence to: Janet D Conway, MD, Head of Bone and Joint Infection, International Center for Limb Lengthening, Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, 2401 West Belvedere Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215, United States. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Received: September 6, 2014
Peer-review started: September 6, 2014
First decision: October 14, 2014
Revised: November 7, 2014
Accepted: December 16, 2014
Article in press: December 17, 2014
Published online: March 18, 2015