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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2005 Apr;87(4):463-4.

Femoral neck fractures following Birmingham hip resurfacing: a national review of 50 cases.

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Melbourne Orthopaedic Group, 33 The Avenue, Windsor, Victoria 3181, Australia.


Between April 1999 and April 2004, 3497 Birmingham hips were inserted by 89 surgeons. Fracture of the neck of the femur occurred in 50 patients, an incidence of 1.46%. Complete data were available for 45 patients in whom the incidence was 1.91% for women and 0.98% for men. The relative risk of fracture for women vs men was 1.94961 and this was statistically significant (p < 0.01). The mean time to fracture was 15.4 weeks. In women the fractures occurred at a mean of 18.5 weeks and were more likely to have been preceded by a prodromal phase of pain and limping. In men the mean time to fracture was 13.5 weeks. Significant varus placement of the femoral component, intra-operative notching of the femoral neck and technical problems were common factors in 85% of cases.

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