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Intramedullary Migration of a Bone Plate and Screws: A Case Report

BENNETT, JAMES, T.*; DAMERON, THOMAS, B., JR.*

Section Editor(s): URIST, MARSHALL R. M.D.

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research: May 1983 - Volume 175 - Issue - p 216–217
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Intramedullary migration of an internal fixation device was noted in a 61-year-old woman, 56 years after treatment of a fractured femur. Gross, histologic, and metallurgic findings served to explain the disintegration of the metal plate and screws. The “migration” of the plate and screws is a manifestation of normal bone growth and demonstrates the remarkable potential for internal remodeling of bone.

* Department of Orthopaedics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 236 Burnett-Womack Building, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

**Orthopaedic Surgeon, Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, P.A., P.O. Box 10707, Raleigh, NC 27605.

Reprint requests to James T. Bennett, M.D.

Received: February 9, 1982.

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