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Fracture of a Carbon Fiber Reinforced Intramedullary Femoral Nail

Vercio, Robert C., MD; Basmajian, Hrayr G., MD

JAAOS - Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: June 15, 2019 - Volume 27 - Issue 12 - p e585–e588
doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-17-00483
Case Report

Carbon fiber reinforced implants have emerged as an alternative to traditional stainless steel and titanium implants because of the improved visibility on advanced imaging and excellent biomechanical strength. This can be advantageous in patients with concern about fracture healing, tumor recurrence, or additional imaging requirements. However, limited long-term data are available to present complications from the use of these implants. We present the case of a failure of a carbon fiber reinforced intramedullary femoral nail used in a closed distal femur fracture.

From the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Loma Linda University Health, Loma Linda, CA (Dr. Vercio), and Department of Orthopaedic Trauma, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Pomona, CA (Dr. Basmajian).

Correspondence to Dr. Vercio: rvercio@llu.edu

Neither of the following authors nor any immediate family member has received anything of value from or has stock or stock options held in a commercial company or institution related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article: Dr. Vercio and Dr. Basmajian.

© 2019 by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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