Current Concepts in Paediatric Femoral Shaft Fractures

Rakesh John1, Siddhartha Sharma1, *, Gopinathan Nirmal Raj1, Jujhar Singh1, Varsha C.2, Arjun RHH1, Ankit Khurana1
1 Department of Orthopaedics, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
2 Department of Paediatrics, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Pediatric femoral shaft fractures account for less than 2% of all fractures in children. However, these are the most common pediatric fractures necessitating hospitalization and are associated with prolonged hospital stay, prolonged immobilization and impose a significant burden on the healthcare system as well as caregivers. In this paper, the authors present a comprehensive review of epidemiology, aetiology, classification and managemement options of pediatric femoral shaft fractures.

Keywords: Children, Elastic nailing, Femur, Fractures, Hip spica, Submuscular plating.