Send to

Choose Destination
J Pediatr Orthop B. 1998 Jul;7(3):186-92.

One hundred pediatric femoral fractures: epidemiology, treatment attitudes, and early complications.

Author information

Pediatric Orthopaedics Unit, Children's Hospital, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, Switzerland.


Analysis of 100 consecutive femoral fractures admitted to our institution revealed an incidence of about 1 fracture per 2,000 children per year. Epidemiologic data may help to promote prevention. Initial treatment was performed by many doctors, thus rendering guidelines to safe and cost-effective management indispensable. In the last decade, growing concern to reduce hospital stays and costs led to new approaches that replaced traction as a therapeutic principle. Today, we consider immediate spica casting a good option for the group 0-5 years old, whereas in the age group 5-12 years old elastic stable intramedullary nailing (ESIN) produces reliably good results. Minor complications were common and could be avoided partially, but they did not affect the good final outcome.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Loading ...
Support Center