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Alternative reliable techniques in femoral torsion measurement

Delialioglu, M. Ondera; Tasbas, Bulent A.a; Bayrakci, Kenana; Daglar, Bulenta; Kurt, Muratb; Agar, Mustafaa; Gunel, Ugura

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B: January 2006 - Volume 15 - Issue 1 - p 28-33

The clinical and conventional bi-planar determinations of femoral torsion were compared with the tomographic technique, the reliability of which was confirmed. Femoral torsions were measured with the trochanteric prominence angle test, the sinus-wave bi-planar conventional radiographic technique, the modified Hermann bi-planar conventional radiographic technique and the limited three-dimensional volumetric tomography technique in 34 femora of 17 patients. There was a strong correlation between the modified Hermann and the limited tomography techniques for 14 intact and 20 fractured femora. If limited three-dimensional volumetric tomography cannot be obtained, the modified Hermann bi-planar conventional radiographic technique must be used in patients who have scarring about the proximal femur and obesity. Otherwise use of the trochanteric prominence angle test is much more cost-effective and is as accurate as the limited three-dimensional volumetric tomography technique.

aFourth Orthopaedics and Traumatology Clinic, Ankara Numune Training and Research Hospital

bAnkara Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

Correspondence and requests for reprints to Bulent Adil Tasbas, MD, Alacam Sokak 30-4, A. Ayranci, Ankara, Turkey

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