Refracture of adolescent femoral shaft fractures

A complication of external fixation. A report of two cases

R. Probe, Ronald Lindsey, N. A. Hadley, D. A. Barnes

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Abstract

Malunion is often a problem in adolescent femoral shaft fractures treated with traction and subsequent casting. We used external fixation as an alternative treatment method to control alignment and allow early mobilization. After fracture healing and fixator removal, two patients experienced refracture. This unusual complication is the basis of our report. Prolonged rigid or static fixation appears to be detrimental to sufficient callus formation and healing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-105
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Volume13
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

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Early Ambulation
Fracture Healing
Femoral Fractures
Bony Callus
Traction
Therapeutics

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

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Refracture of adolescent femoral shaft fractures : A complication of external fixation. A report of two cases. / Probe, R.; Lindsey, Ronald; Hadley, N. A.; Barnes, D. A.

In: Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, Vol. 13, No. 1, 1993, p. 102-105.

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