Bone and Joint Institute

Title

Intramedullary nail fixation of non-traditional fractures: Clavicle, forearm, fibula

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2017

Journal

Injury

Volume

48

First Page

S41

Last Page

S46

URL with Digital Object Identifier

10.1016/j.injury.2017.04.018

Abstract

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd Locked intramedullary fixation is a well-established technique for managing long-bone fractures. While intramedullary nail fixation of diaphyseal fractures in the femur, tibia, and humerus is well established, the same is not true for other fractures. Surgical fixations of clavicle, forearm and ankle are traditionally treated with plate and screw fixation. In some cases, fixation with an intramedullary device is possible, and may be advantageous. However, there is however a concern regarding a lack of rotational stability and fracture shortening. While new generation of locked intramedullary devices for fractures of clavicle, forearm and fibula are recently available, the outcomes are not as reliable as fixation with plates and screws. Further research in this area is warranted with high quality comparative studies, to investigate the outcomes and indication of these fractures treated with intramedullary nail devices compared to intramedullary nail fixation.

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