Twenty-two young adult patients with femoral-neck fractures fitting the
following criteria were evaluated. All patients (1) were between twenty and
forty years old, (2) had clinical and follow-up roentgenograms at least
twelve months after the injury, (3) incurred fracture of the neck of the
femur through normal bone, and (4) did not incur a stress fracture. The
incidence of non-union was 59 per cent (thirteen of twenty-two patients)
and of avascular necrosis, 86 per cent (nineteen of twenty-two patients).
Evaluation of patients and results are discussed.