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Open Orthop J. 2013;7:12-7. doi: 10.2174/1874325001307010012. Epub 2013 Jan 16.

Titanium elastic nail - Complications in the treatment of paediatric diaphyseal fracture of femur [corrected].

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedics, B.S. Medical College, India.

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  • Open Orthop J. 2013;7:641. Sarkar, Saikat [added].



Femoral shaft fracture is the most common major paediatric orthopaedic. For generations traction and casting was the standard treatment for all femoral shaft fractures in children. Over the past two decades the advantages of fixation and rapid mobilisation have been increasingly recognised.


A prospective study was conducted in five private hospitals in the district of Bankura, West Bengal over a period of two years (April 2010 to March 2012) on 70 patients with closed shaft femur fractures between 6- 14 years age of either sex. The aim was to find out the short term complications of titanium elastic nailing in diaphyseal fracture of femur in children and compare the findings of this study with pre- existing studies in this field.


In our study the most common complication was pain at nail entry site (60%). 5.71% had local inflammatory reaction due to nails. Superficial infection occurred in 2.85%. At the end of 1 year, 2.85% had limb length discripancies. Proximal migration occurred in 2.85%. 2.85% encountered acute reactive synovitis, 5.71% developed angulation of fracture site and 2.85% developed per operative breakage of nail.


The treatment of paediatric shaft femur fracture has been drastically changed over the last two decades to internal fixation by elastically stable intra- medullary nail (ESIN). In our study, we encountered only a few complications most of them being minor. Most of the complications were surgical technique related and were seen at the initial phase of the learning curve.


Femoral shaft fracture; elastically stable intra-medullary nail; hip spica; limb length discrepancies.; titanium elastic nails

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