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2020 May-Jun

J Orthop


Elastic nail fixation versus plate fixation of paediatric femoral fractures in school age patients – A retrospective observational study.


The management of paediatric femoral fractures continues to spark debate in published literature, with poor quality evidence guiding current guidelines on the optimum treatment in children. Many centres report excellent results for both elastic intramedullary nailing and plate fixation of diaphyseal femoral fractures. This study aimed to investigate the outcomes of femoral fractures treated with elastic nail fixation versus those treated with plate fixation in a tertiary children's trauma unit, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each technique.