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Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2014 Mar;134(3):343-9. doi: 10.1007/s00402-013-1902-7. Epub 2013 Dec 3.

Long-term results of the augmented PFNA: a prospective multicenter trial.

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Department of Trauma Surgery and Sports Medicine, Medical University of Innsbruck, Anichstrasse 35, 6020, Innsbruck, Austria,



Pertrochanteric fractures are increasing and their operative treatment remains under discussion. Failures needing reoperations such as a cut-out are reported to be high and are associated with multiple factors including poor bone quality, poor fracture reduction and improper implant placement. The PFNA(®) with perforated blade offers an option for standardized cement augmentation with a PMMA cement to provide more stability to the fracture fixation. It remains unclear if the augmentation of this implant does any harm in a longer time span. This prospective multicenter study shows clinical and radiological results with this implant with a mean follow-up time of 15 months.


In 5 European clinics, 62 patients (79 % female, mean age 85.3 years) suffering from an osteoporotic pertrochanteric fracture (AO 31) were treated with the augmented PFNA(®). The primary objectives were assessment of activities of daily living, pain and mobility. Furthermore, the X-rays were analyzed for the cortical thickness index, changes of the trabecular structure around the cement and the hip joint space.


The mean follow-up time was 15.3 months. We observed callus healing in all cases. The surgical complication rate was 3.2 % with no complication related to the cement augmentation. A mean volume of 3.8 ml of cement was injected and no complication was reported due to this procedure. 59.9 % reached their prefracture mobility level until follow-up. The mean hip joint space did not change significantly until follow-up and there were no signs of osteonecrosis in the follow-up X-rays. Furthermore, no blade migration was assessed.


This study makes us believe that the standardized augmentation of the PFNA with a perforated blade is a safe method to treat pertrochanteric femoral fractures. It leads to good functional results and is not associated with cartilage or bone necrosis.

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