Coronal Fractures of the Femoral Condyle: A Brief Report of Five Cases : Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma

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Coronal Fractures of the Femoral Condyle

A Brief Report of Five Cases

Holmes, Stephanie M. MD; Bomback, David MD; Baumgaertner, Michael R. MD

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Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma 18(5):p 316-319, May 2004.



Coronal fractures of the femoral condyle (Hoffa fractures) are uncommon injuries that have a better outcome when treated surgically. We report a series of five Hoffa fractures (including one nonunion) treated at a Level 1 trauma center by one surgeon employing a protocol of open reduction and internal fixation with lag screws through a formal parapatellar approach. Postoperatively, all patients began immediate unrestricted range of motion. Initial weight bearing was limited, but all patients were permitted full weight bearing by 10 weeks. All fractures healed within 12 weeks without complications. The final range of motion for the patients with acute fractures was at least 0° to 115°. The patient with a nonunion had a preoperative flexion contracture of 20° and a final range of motion of 20° to 125°. Long-term follow-up (average 37 months, range 18–57 months) was available for 3 of the 5 patients, and Knee Society scores 1 were calculated for these patients (average 173 of 200 points, range 160–180 points). The literature regarding the management of Hoffa fractures is reviewed.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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