Author(s): Rser B, Hansson P
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Abstract In five patients with ipsilateral femoral and tibial shaft fractures the Hoffmann apparatus was used to stabilize the fractures of both the femur and tibia. The patients walked early and there were no disturbances of fracture healing. The pin track became infected in three patients. It is suggested that in patients with ipsilateral fractures of the femur and tibia external fixation is indicated for the tibia and that the fracture of the femur should be stabilized by closed medullary nailing. If the patient is critically ill or if there is gross comminution of the femur external fixation is indicated for this fracture as well.
This article was published in Injury
and referenced in Orthopedic & Muscular System: Current Research