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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35-38

Evaluation Of Flexible Intramedullary Nailing Of Tibial Shaft Fractures

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S. C Sharma

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Background: Interlocking nailing has become a standard treatment for tibial shaft fractures. Flexible intramedullary nail have not been well evaluated. Methods: We report the results of flexible, intramedullary nailing for 50 diaphyseal fractures of tibia (40 closed, 10 open-Gr. I and Gr.II) with a follow up ranging from 8-44 months. Most of the fractures were the result of high energy trauma. Results: All the fractures united clinically and radiologically with an average of 11.9 weeks and 14.4 weeks, respectively. There was delayed union in 4 cases, shortening more than 1cm in two cases, valgus at ankle (5-10o) in 5 cases and >10o in one case and proximal migration of nails in 4 cases. Conclusion: It was observed that it is an attractive option since it is cost effective, simple, versatile and provides a rapid procedure which is well tolerated.

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