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Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation

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Hip Fractures; Fracture Fixation, Intramedullary; Bone Screws


Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences | Orthopedics


Hip fractures are a common injury among the elderly. Internal fixation with an intramedullary (IM) system has gained popularity for the treatment of intertrochanteric femur fractures. Multiple complications associated with IM fracture fixation have been described, however, we report a rare complication of medial pelvic migration of the lag screw of a short IM nail in a stable construct ten weeks post surgery. The patient was subsequently treated with Lag Screw removal and revision surgery with a shorter Lag Screw and an accessory cannulated screw acting as a de-rotational device. The patient did well with the revision surgery and was able to return to full activities.

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J Orthop Surg Res. 2010 Aug 27;5:62. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of orthopaedic surgery and research

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