Osteo trauma care 2007; 15(4): 187-189
DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1004789
Review

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Nailing of Femur Fractures - The Actual Results

B. Burkett1 , B. Prather1 , D. Seligson1
  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Louisville, School of Medicine, Louisville, KY, USA
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Publication Date:
11 June 2008 (online)

Abstract

This study was a retrospective review to determine the actual results of intramedullary nailing for femur shaft fractures in a trauma hospital. Of 178 consecutive femurs treated with intramedullary nails, 128 fractures could be evaluated at 6 mo. Most fractures were type A. All 128 cases were treated with static interlocking nail. There were 14 (11 %) fractures that did not heal. 50 % of the open fractures and 25 % of the type C fractures did not heal. Opening a fracture to improve reduction was performed 12 times, and all these cases healed without infection.