Proximal femoral neck penetration after flexible intramedullary nailing for pediatric femur fractures: A rare complication

Kelly D. Carmichael, Frank A. Schroeder

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Flexible intramedullary nailing is a common method used to treat pediatric femur fractures. Complication rates can be high, but most complications are considered minor and do not result in additional unplanned surgeries. Proximal nail penetration is a complication that has only been described once before. The penetration may be asymptomatic, but is still best to be avoided. Two cases of proximal nail penetration of the femoral neck region during nail insertion are presented. A review of the literature with regard to complications and suggestions for avoidance of proximal nail penetration is offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-247
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Children's Orthopaedics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2007



  • Complications
  • Femur fracture
  • Intramedullary nailing
  • Pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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