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Comparison of locking plate and cephalomedullary nailing in unstable proximal femur fractures

Recep Öztürk, Sefik Murat Arikan

J Clin Anal Med 2018;9(1):18-22


Aim: The aim of this study is to compare the treatment results of unstable pertrochanteric femur fractures with proximal femur locking plates (PFLP) and cephalomedullary nailing (CMN).


Material and Methods: Between 2012 – 2016, 36 patients (with mean age 60.1 +/- 19.9 std) (between 18-90) of which 25 were male (%69) and 11 were female (%31) were retrospectively analyzed. Patients were divided into two groups. There were 12 patients in the first group who undergone CMN, and there were 24 patients in the second group who undergone PFLP. 


Results: The proximal lateral cortex fracture occurred in one patient of CMN group, fusion was achieved in 11 patients (91%). In PFLP group, mechanic failure occurred in one patient, pseudoarthrosis occurred in one patient, and fusion was achieved in 22 patients (91,6%). There was no infection in CMN group, and in PFLP group infection was seen in 3 patients (12,5%) of which 2 were deep and 1 was a superficial infection. DVT occurred in 2 patient in CMN (16,6%) and 1 patient in PFLP group (4,1%). 


Conclusions: CMN and PFLP treatment results in patients with unstable femur pertrochanteric fractures were both satisfactory; surgery time, peroperative blood transfusion need, postoperative hospitalization time, mechanical failure and reoperation rates were similar.

Keywords : Hip fracture, Intertrochanteric femur fracture, Locked plating, Intramedullary nailing, Internal fixation,

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Recep Öztürk, Sefik Murat Arikan, Comparison of locking plate and cephalomedullary nailing in unstable proximal femur fractures, J Clin Anal Med 2018;9.(1):18-22