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The use of external fixators in femur fractures in children.

The use of external fixators in femur fractures in children. Between 1988 and 1993, 81 children with 82 femur fractures were treated with external fixators at the Santobono Children's Hospital of Naples. This technique was reserved for children older than 6 years with open fractures, multiple fractures, multiple trauma, and unstable fractures. The patients were placed in skin traction on admission, and after 24-48 h, the external fixator was applied under general anesthesia. Therefore, within 1 week the children were able to take care of themselves and to attend school. The fixator was very well tolerated and was removed 8-9 weeks later. The fractures healed with good alignment, no complications with few cases of superficial infections, and less overgrowth. The use of external fixation is recommended for its simplicity and lack of complications. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of pediatric orthopedics Pubmed

The use of external fixators in femur fractures in children.

Journal of pediatric orthopedics , Volume 16 (5): 8 – Jan 16, 1997

The use of external fixators in femur fractures in children.


Abstract

Between 1988 and 1993, 81 children with 82 femur fractures were treated with external fixators at the Santobono Children's Hospital of Naples. This technique was reserved for children older than 6 years with open fractures, multiple fractures, multiple trauma, and unstable fractures. The patients were placed in skin traction on admission, and after 24-48 h, the external fixator was applied under general anesthesia. Therefore, within 1 week the children were able to take care of themselves and to attend school. The fixator was very well tolerated and was removed 8-9 weeks later. The fractures healed with good alignment, no complications with few cases of superficial infections, and less overgrowth. The use of external fixation is recommended for its simplicity and lack of complications.

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ISSN
0271-6798
DOI
10.1097/00004694-199609000-00013
pmid
8865047

Abstract

Between 1988 and 1993, 81 children with 82 femur fractures were treated with external fixators at the Santobono Children's Hospital of Naples. This technique was reserved for children older than 6 years with open fractures, multiple fractures, multiple trauma, and unstable fractures. The patients were placed in skin traction on admission, and after 24-48 h, the external fixator was applied under general anesthesia. Therefore, within 1 week the children were able to take care of themselves and to attend school. The fixator was very well tolerated and was removed 8-9 weeks later. The fractures healed with good alignment, no complications with few cases of superficial infections, and less overgrowth. The use of external fixation is recommended for its simplicity and lack of complications.

Journal

Journal of pediatric orthopedicsPubmed

Published: Jan 16, 1997

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