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Year : 1974  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 45-50

Stress Fractures Of The Femoral Neck


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S. S Yadav


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Military personnel especially during training are known to have stress fractures of metatarsal, calcaneus, tibia, fibula, neck and shaft of the femur, rib and ischiopubic ramus. Stress fractures of the neck of the femur to our knowledge has not been reported frequently, although its incidence has been noted during the last few years (Bargen, Tilson and Bridgeford 1971). As reported by Blickenstaff and Morris (1966) the first such fracture was reported by Blecher in 1905 and upto 1964 only 38 cases of stress fracture of the femoral neck had been reported. More common in army recruits, it can occur among adolescents and young athletes in good physical condition who have been undergoing recent unaccustomed intensive physical training. Stress fractures of the neck of the femur though un-common but not rare, deserve special mention due to greater difficulties in diagnosis and potential danger of disasterous sequelae. In absence of obvious trauma, radiographs may not be taken or it may fail to show the lesion. It is therefore, of utmost importance that the possibility of such a fracture as well as its signs and symptoms be recognized especially in military service. The present study was initiated at military Hospital, KIRKEE after detecting 3 such cases in young individuals. The purpose of reporting these cases is to call attention to the importance of an early diagnosis of such a fracture so that displacement which may lead to prolonged incapacitation or to the necessity for surgical intervention, may be prevented.


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