Original Article

Subtrochanteric Fractures of the Femur Treated by Intramedullary Nail Fixation

Authors: PHILIP M. ARONOFF, MD, PAUL M. DAVIS JR., MD, JACK K. WICKSTROM, MD

Abstract

Subtrochanteric fracture of the femur is a shaft fracture through cortical bone. Treatment of this fracture by the method of nail plate fixation has resulted frequently in failure of the metal or displacement of bone fragments. Intramedullary fixation may be a safer and more reasonable approach to the initial treatment of this injury than the nail plate. The evidence presented by these authors demonstrates that intramedullary nail augmented by supplementary internal fixation and occasionally by external plaster is worth consideration.

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