Management of femoral shaft fractures in the adolescent

William A. Herndon, Robert F. Mahnken, David A. Yngve, J. Andy Sullivan

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Forty-four patients (45 fractures) with open physes (age range 11-16 years) underwent treatment for femoral shaft fractures. Seven malunions occurred in the 24 fractures in the nonoperative group; none occurred in the 21 fractures treated by intramedullary nailing. Hospital stay was significantly shorter in the operatively treated patients. There was no premature growth arrest in the surgical group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-32
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent femur fracture
  • Cast brace
  • Intramedullary nailing
  • Spica cast

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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