Title

Management of femur fractures in children ages 6 to 12 years old

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

9-1-2009

Journal

Techniques in Orthopaedics

Volume

24

Issue

3

DOI

10.1097/BTO.0b013e3181b58e93

Keywords

Femur fracture; Fracture fixation; Pediatric; Surgical technique

Abstract

Pediatric femur fractures are common injuries. A multitude of treatment options exist for fixation of these fractures in patients in the 6- to 12-year age range including traction and spica cast, flexible intramedullary nails, rigid antegrade locked nails, bridge plating, standard compression plating, and external fixation. Patient and fracture specific factors, such as patient weight, femur size, fracture pattern, and associated injuries must be considered when determining the optimal treatment of these injuries for each patient. Fortunately, when the injury is treated with the appropriate surgical technique, excellent fracture healing and functional outcome can be expected with little risk of adverse outcome. Copyright © 2009 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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