The Open Orthopaedics Journal

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Saikat Sarkar, Ranadeb Bandyopadhyay, Arindam Mukherjee*
Department of Orthopaedics, B.S. Medical College, India



Femoral shaft fracture is the most common major paediatric orthopaedic. For generations traction and casting was the standard treatment for all femoral shaft fractures in children. Over the past two decades the advantages of fixation and rapid mobilisation have been increasingly recognised.


A prospective study was conducted in five private hospitals in the district of Bankura, West Bengal over a period of two years (April 2010 to March 2012) on 70 patients with closed shaft femur fractures between 6- 14 years age of either sex. The aim was to find out the short term complications of titanium elastic nailing in diaphyseal fracture of femur in children and compare the findings of this study with pre- existing studies in this field.


In our study the most common complication was pain at nail entry site (60%). 5.71% had local inflammatory reaction due to nails. Superficial infection occurred in 2.85%. At the end of 1 year, 2.85% had limb length discripancies. Proximal migration occurred in 2.85%. 2.85% encountered acute reactive synovitis, 5.71% developed angulation of fracture site and 2.85% developed per operative breakage of nail.


The treatment of paediatric shaft femur fracture has been drastically changed over the last two decades to internal fixation by elastically stable intra- medullary nail (ESIN). In our study, we encountered only a few complications most of them being minor. Most of the complications were surgical technique related and were seen at the initial phase of the learning curve.

Keywords: Femoral shaft fracture, hip spica, elastically stable intra-medullary nail, titanium elastic nails, limb length discrepancies.

Article Information

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Year: 2013
Volume: 7
First Page: 12
Last Page: 17
Publisher Id: TOORTHJ-7-12
DOI: 10.2174/1874325001307010012

Article History:

Received Date: 14/5/2012
Revision Received Date: 9/12/2012
Acceptance Date: 16/12/2012
Electronic publication date: 16/1/2013
Collection year: 2013

© Bandyopadhyay and Mukherjee; Licensee Bentham Open.

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* Address correspondence to this author at the c/o Arati Ortho Surgical, P.O. Kenduadihi, Gobindanagar, Bankura- 722102, WB, India; Tel: +918900338029/+918436118646; E-mail:

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