Treatment of femoral shaft fractures in young children: Comparison between conservative treatment and retrograde flexible nailing

Hae Ryong Song, Chang Wug Oh, Hyun Dae Shin, Sung Jung Kim, Hee Soo Kyung, Seung Hoon Baek, Byung Chul Park, Joo Chul Ihn

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Outcomes of pediatric femoral fractures treated with traction followed by cast (conservative treatment) were compared with flexible nailing treatment. Fifty-one femoral fractures (24 conservative, 27 nail) from 46 patients were studied retrospectively. Four cases of angular deformities greater than 10° were observed from the conservative treatment and none from the nailing group. Conservative treatment showed a wider variance of leg length discrepancy (LLD) and four cases showed severe LLD greater than 10 mm. The nailing group had no discrepancy. Retrograde flexible nailing may result in more reliable outcomes than conservative treatment for femoral fractures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-280
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Part B
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jul 1



  • Cast
  • Femoral shaft fracture
  • Retrograde flexible nailing
  • Young children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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