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Timing of internal fixation in low-velocity extremity gunshot fractures

Timing of internal fixation in low-velocity extremity gunshot fractures

Contemporary Orthopaedics 29(5): 335-339

ISSN/ISBN: 0194-8458

PMID: 10150253

A ten-year retrospective review of extremity long bone gunshot fractures treated operatively at the Elmhurst City Hospital Center, New York, was performed to examine the operative outcomes with regard to immediate, intermediate, and delayed fixation. A total of 121 low-velocity gunshot fractures were evaluated in 107 patients. Cases were separated into three groups according to the actual timing of the internal fixation procedure. The results revealed a total deep infection rate of 2.6% (3/121) and a nonunion rate of 3.3% (4/121), with no significant differences among the three groups. Early internal fixation reduced comparative hospital stay length and overall costs for operative patients.

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