Main Subjects : Orthopedic Surgery
Annals of the College of Medicine, Mosul,
2021, Volume 43, Issue 1, Pages 16-20
Background: Intertrochanteric femoral fracture (ITFF) is common injury in old age group, there are many options of treatment. External fixation used in the high risk patients.
Objective: To present a case series of ITFFs treated by external fixators.
Patients and method: Twenty six patients with ITFF were treated by external fixation in Alzahrawy private hospital in Mosul, during the period from July 2017 through October 2019.
Results: The mean time of follow-up was 11 months. Twenty two patients showed full union of the fracture by the end of the 4th month and the external fixators were removed. Two patients died due to unrelated medical diseases, and one patient developed pathological fracture in the shaft of femur. The patients had good range of motion in both hip and knee joints. Pin tract infection was the commonest complication.
Conclusion: External fixation is simple, mini-invasive, cost-effective alternative method in the treatment of intertrochanteric femoral fractures.
Key word: Intertrochanteric, Femoral Neck, Fracture, External, Fixation.