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Year : 1994  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 7-9

External Fixation In Intertrochanteric Fractures Of Femur



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External fixation was used in 48 cases of intertrochanteric fractures of femur in geriatric age group (average age of patient being 70.2 years). Majority (75%) of cases were of unstable type (Tronzo’s type III & IV). Partial weight bearing was allowed in stable fractures within 1-2 weeks and by 4-6 weeks in unstable cases. Results were assessed by Clawson’s functional grading and grade IV results were achieved in all cases of stable type and 61.1% of unstable type. Rest of patients had grade III functional results. After a follow up of 20-46 months, there was 4-8o loss of neck shaft angle in only four unstable cases. Complications observed were minor and were adequately treated in all cases.


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