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Femoral head avascular necrosis after interlocking nail of a femoral shaft fracture in a male adult: a case report



Femoral head avascular necrosis after interlocking nail of a femoral shaft fracture in a male adult: a case report



Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery 128(4): 399-402



Reamed interlocking nail through the piriformis fossa remains the golden standard for treatment of femoral shaft fracture. Fracture healing rates are 95-99%, and infection rates less than 1% (Clawson et al. in J Bone Joint Surg (Am) 53:681-692, 1971; Winquist et al. in J Bone Joint Surg (Am) 66:529-539, 1984; Brumback et al. in J Bone Joint Surg (Am) 70:1453-1462, 1988). Previous reports recognize avascular necrosis of the femoral head as a complication of antegrade interlocking nail in the adolescent (Beaty et al. in J Pediatr Orthop 14:178-183, 1994; Mileski et al. in J Bone Joint Surg (Am) 76:1706-1708, 1994; O'Malley et al. in J Pediatr Orthop 15:21-23, 1995; Buckaloo et al. in J Southern Orthop Assoc 6(2):97-100, 1997). This report describes a male adult who developed avascular necrosis of the femoral head after an open antegrade interlocking nail of a proximal third femoral shaft fracture. To our knowledge, there is no similar report in the English medical literature.

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DOI: 10.1007/s00402-007-0346-3


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