Refracture of adolescent femoral shaft fractures: A complication of external fixation. a report of two cases

Robert Probe, Ronald W. Lindsey, Nancy A. Hadley, Douglas 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
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1993
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • External fixation
  • Femur fractures
  • Refracture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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