Scientific article

One hundred pediatric femoral fractures: epidemiology, treatment attitudes, and early complications

Published inJournal of pediatric orthopedics. Part B, vol. 7, no. 3, p. 186-192
Publication date1998

Analysis of 100 consecutive femoral fractures admitted to our institution revealed an incidence of about 1 fracture per 2,000 children per year. Epidemiologic data may help to promote prevention. Initial treatment was performed by many doctors, thus rendering guidelines to safe and cost-effective management indispensable. In the last decade, growing concern to reduce hospital stays and costs led to new approaches that replaced traction as a therapeutic principle. Today, we consider immediate spica casting a good option for the group 0-5 years old, whereas in the age group 5-12 years old elastic stable intramedullary nailing (ESIN) produces reliably good results. Minor complications were common and could be avoided partially, but they did not affect the good final outcome.

  • Adolescent
  • Age Distribution
  • Casts, Surgical
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Femoral Fractures/complications/epidemiology/radiography/therapy
  • Fracture Fixation, Internal/adverse effects/methods
  • Fracture Healing/physiology
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant
  • Length of Stay
  • Male
  • Sex Distribution
  • Switzerland/epidemiology
  • Treatment Outcome
Citation (ISO format)
BUESS, E, KAELIN, André. One hundred pediatric femoral fractures: epidemiology, treatment attitudes, and early complications. In: Journal of pediatric orthopedics. Part B, 1998, vol. 7, n° 3, p. 186–192. doi: 10.1097/01202412-199807000-00002
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ISSN of the journal1060-152X

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