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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 159-161

Ipsilateral Fractures Of Femur & Tibia - A Clinical Study



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J. P Singh Chhina


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From August 1993 to September 1996, 74 patients with Ipsilateral fractures of femur & Tibia were evaluated. Majority were caused by roadside accidents & males in the 3rd decade of life were predominantly affected. Closed factures, both tibial and femoral were treated by DCP. Open fractures were initially stabilized with external fixators followed by ORIF with DCP later. Average healing time for femoral fractures was 16 weeks and that for tibial fractures 13.5 weeks. Excellent to good results were achieved in 85.7% of cases while acceptable to poor results in 14.3% cases. High velocity trauma sustained in road side accidents resulting in Floating Knee is more often seen (Angus et al 1974). There are no accepted guidelines for treating these fractures. But all relevant reports in the literature emphasize early mobilization of the patient to facilitate rapid recovery of the patient. The recommended methods of treatment vary widely (Ratliff 1965, Karistom et al, 1977, Hojer et al 1977, Winston 1972, DeLee 1978, Fraser et al, 1978, Anastopaulos et al, 1992). The purpose of this paper is to report our method of managing these fractures and the final functional result of this treatment in our series of patients.


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