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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 142-148

Role of retrograde short nail in the treatment of supracondylar femoral fractures (extra-articular type A)

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Menoufiya University, Menoufiya, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Ahmed Mohamed Rushdy Nassar
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tala General Hospital, Tala, Menoufiya
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1110-2098.155970

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Objectives The aim of the study was to evaluate the results of retrograde short nailing in the treatment of supracondylar femoral fractures (type A, extra-articular fracture). Background The incidence of distal femur fractures is increasing in our country as traffic accidents increase. Problems with distal femur fractures may not be limited to the femur itself, but may extend to internal knee structures. Patients and methods This work was a prospective study of 30 patients with supracondylar femoral fractures (extra-articular type A) treated with a short retrograde femoral nail. All patients were evaluated both clinically and radiologically through routine follow-up visits and all information concerning each patient was collected and recorded using the patient information sheet and data were tabulated and evaluated. Results In our study of 30 patients with type A supracondylar fractures treated with a retrograde nail, we found excellent results in eight patients, good results in 16 patients, fair results in four patients, and poor results in two patients (P > 0.040). Conclusion Treatment of supracondylar femoral fractures (type A, extra-articular fracture) with a retrograde short nail yields satisfactory results in adults.

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