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In femoral shaft fractures what is the incidence of femoral neck fractures and how often are they missed?

Incidence: 2-6%
Missed: 20-30%
They are often basicervical, vertical and nondisplaced


What presenting factors are increased in bilateral compared to unilateral femoral shaft fractures?

Increased rates of initial hypotension, mortality, open skull fractures, and pelvic fractures


Which classification system describes femoral shaft fractures?

Winquist and Hansen:
0- Non displaced
I- minimal comminution
II- >50% cortical contact
III- >25% cortical contact
IV- No cortical contact; segmental


In a high energy femoral shaft fracture what radiographs should be obtained?

1) AP/Lat femur
2) AP/Lat ipsilateral hip
3) AP/Lat ipsilateral knee
4) Trauma series: AP chest, AP pelvis, Lateral c-spine


IM nailing of femur shaft fractures within 24hrs of injury are a/w?

1) decreased pulmonary complications (ARDS)
2) decreased thromboembolic events
3) improved rehabilitation
4) decreased length of stay and cost of hospitalization

Except in closed head injuries; consider DCO


In a patient with a major head injury and a femoral shaft fracture, intraoperative hypotension during femoral fixation has been associated with?

Decreased (worse) Glascow coma score at discharge


What are indications for retrograde nailing of femoral shaft fractures?

1) ipsilateral femoral neck fracture
2) floating knee (ipsilateral tibial shaft fracture); use same incision for tibial nail
3) ipsilateral acetabular fracture; does not compromise surgical approach to acetabulum
4) multiple system trauma
5) bilateral femur fractures; avoids repositioning
6) morbid obesity


When would plating be an indication for a femoral shaft fracture?

1) ipsilateral neck fracture requiring screw fixation
2) fracture at distal metaphyseal-diaphyseal junction
3) inability to access medullary canal


What are the outcomes of ORIF of femoral shaft fractures with plates vs IM nailing?

Inferior d/t increased rates of:
1) infection
2) non-union
3) hardware failure


Antegrade femoral nailing has an increased rate of which of the following when compared to retrograde femoral nailing?

hip pain
retrograde has increased incidence of knee pain


What are the pros and cons of a piriformis entry nail for femoral neck fractures?

Colineal with femoral shaft
More abductor trauma
Can lead to AVN in peds
More difficult in obese pts


When using a trochanteric entry nail, placement of the starting point more lateral will lead to what deformity?



How does reamed compared to unreamed nailing of femoral shaft fractures?

Reamed a/w:
1) increased union rates
2) decreased time to union
3) no increase in pulmonary complications


When would unreamed nailing of femur fractures be considered?

Pt with bilateral pulmonary injuries


What is an advantage of computer-assisted navigation used to place medullary nail interlocking screws compared to a freehand technique?

Decreased fluoro time


When can pts with a comminuted femoral shaft fractures treated with statically locked intramedullary nails of appropriate diameter be WBAT?



In a patient with a femoral shaft fracture with ipsilateral femoral neck, what is the order that the fractures are stabilized?

1) Femoral neck
2) Femoral shaft
Fixation options:
screws for neck with retrograde nail for shaft
screws for neck and plate for shaft
compression hip screw for neck with retrograde nail for shaft


During external fixation of the femur what are the safest locations for pin placement?

Anterolateral and direct lateral


During retrograde IM nailing of femoral shaft fracture which screw position places branches of the femoral nerve and deep femoral artery at greatest risk during placement of the interlocking screw?

Proximal AP screw below the lesser trochanter


What are risk factors for rotational deformity when placing IM nail for femoral shaft fxs?

1) Fx table vs free leg
2) Comminution
3) Night-time surgery


What are intraoperative tricks to avoid rotational deformities during IM nailing of femoral shaft fractures?



What relationship does lengthening/shortening along the anatomical axis of the femur have to mechanical axis deviation (MAD)?

Lengthening: Lateral deviation of MAD
Shortening: Medial deviation of the MAD


In femoral shaft fractures how is fracture location related to risk of rotational deformity?

Proximal tends towards internal malrotation (relative as proximal fragment is externally rotated)
Distal fractures tend towards external malrotation (proximal fragment pulled medially and internal rotation)


In retrograde nailing of periprosthetic distal femur fractures what deformity is common?

Hyperextension (recurvatum)
Starting point tends to be more posterior


What is the common fracture characteristics of a the femoral neck fractures when a/w concomitant femoral shaft fxs?

nondisplaced, basicervical, vertically oriented fracture line