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External fixation of pediatric femoral shaft fractures: a consecutive study based on 45 fractures

Wani, Mubashir M.; Dar, Reyaz A.; Latoo, Irfan A.; Malik, Tariq; Sultan, Asif; Halwai, Manzoor A.

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B: November 2013 - Volume 22 - Issue 6 - p 563–570
doi: 10.1097/BPB.0b013e32836421ce
HIP & FEMUR

Forty-five displaced femur fractures in children were treated with unilateral external fixation as a standard treatment from March 2007 to March 2009 and the last follow-up was completed in May 2012. The average age of the children at presentation was 9.93 years. Patients were followed up till union, at 1 year, and at an average of 3.5 years after fixation. The fixator was removed at an average of 12.23 weeks. Twenty-one (47%) patients had a minor complication of pin-site infection. One patient had a major complication of refracture. Treatment of uncomplicated femur fractures using an external fixator in children yields satisfactory results. Our series had a longer duration of follow-up and fewer refractures compared with other series.

Department of Orthopedics, Government Hospital for Bone and Joint Surgery, Srinagar, India

Correspondence to Mubashir M. Wani, MS, Department of Orthopedics, Government Hospital for Bone and Joint Surgery, Barzullah, Srinagar 190005, India Tel: +91 985 881 4700; fax: +91 019 424 91804; e-mail: mubashirmaqboolwani@yahoo.co.in

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