Femoral shaft fractures: is rigid intramedullary nailing safe for adolescents?

Kathleen S. Beebe, Sanjeev Sabharwal, Fred Behrens

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Abstract

Despite recent reports of avascular necrosis of the femoral head after intramedullary nailing in children, this fixation method is still being advocated for the treatment of femoral shaft fractures. In this article, we report a case of early-onset, severe, symptomatic avascular necrosis of the femoral head after intramedullary nailing in a 13-year-old boy. Given the possibility of this devastating complication, surgeons should consider the risk-benefit ratios of various techniques for managing femoral shaft fractures in adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-174
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.)
Volume35
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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