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Insufficiency Fracture Occurring 3 Years After Union of an Intertrochanteric Hip Fracture: A Case Report.

JBJS Case Connect. 2017 Jan-Mar;7(1):e1

Authors: Yoon BH, Park SB

Abstract
CASE: We present a rare case of insufficiency fracture at the level of the distal interlocking screw following union of an intertrochanteric hip fracture. A 74-year-old woman reported chronic thigh pain for 1 month. She had a history of an osteoporotic stable intertrochanteric fracture that was successfully treated with a short intramedullary nail 3.5 years prior. However, after union, the neck-shaft angle of the femur changed from 125° to 117°. She had been on alendronic acid therapy to prevent a secondary osteoporotic fracture. A recent radiograph and bone scan suggested an insufficiency fracture around the level of the distal interlocking screw. Revision surgery with a long intramedullary nail was performed, and complete union was observed 1 year postoperatively.
CONCLUSION: This case suggests that subsequent insufficiency fracture can occur after complete union of an intertrochanteric hip fracture. Physicians should be aware of the possibility of a stress fracture when a patient has thigh pain after an intertrochanteric fracture has healed following repair with a short intramedullary nail.

PMID: 29244683 [PubMed – in process]

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JBJS Case Connect. 2017 Jan-Mar;7(1):e1

Authors: Yoon BH, Park SB

Abstract
CASE: We present a rare case of insufficiency fracture at the level of the distal interlocking screw following union of an intertrochanteric hip fracture. A 74-year-old woman reported chronic thigh pain for 1 month. She had a history of an osteoporotic stable intertrochanteric fracture that was successfully treated with a short intramedullary nail 3.5 years prior. However, after union, the neck-shaft angle of the femur changed from 125° to 117°. She had been on alendronic acid therapy to prevent a secondary osteoporotic fracture. A recent radiograph and bone scan suggested an insufficiency fracture around the level of the distal interlocking screw. Revision surgery with a long intramedullary nail was performed, and complete union was observed 1 year postoperatively.
CONCLUSION: This case suggests that subsequent insufficiency fracture can occur after complete union of an intertrochanteric hip fracture. Physicians should be aware of the possibility of a stress fracture when a patient has thigh pain after an intertrochanteric fracture has healed following repair with a short intramedullary nail.

PMID: 29244683 [PubMed – in process]

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