An latrogenic subtrochanteric fracture - a rare complication of pinning for subcapital fractures of the hip a case report and review of the literature

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Abstract

We present a case of a subtrochanteric fracture that occurred 1 week after the surgical treatment of a Garden 1 Type subcapital fracture by way of pinning in situ with multiple Knowles pins. The event took place in the patient's bed with no evidence of trauma of any kind. The fracture line went through the insertion site of the lower (distal) pin. This rare type of complication was successfully treated by revision surgery and fixation of both fractures by way of a Richard's dynamic hip screw. We review the literature with regard to the incidence, the possible etiological factors involved and the recommended modes or treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-153
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Trauma
Volume25
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1999

Keywords

  • Complication of pinning
  • Dynamic hip screw
  • Subcapital hip fractures
  • Subtrochanteric fracture

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