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Perkins traction for adult femoral shaft fractures: a report on 53 patients in Sierra Leone.


ABSTRACT: A retrospective study of 53 consecutive adult patients with 54 femoral shaft fractures treated with Perkins traction over a 25-month period was carried out. Mean length of stay was 52.1 days (range 25-108), and mean duration of traction was 45.0 days (range 23-66). At a mean follow-up of 4.6 months (range 3-9), 50 (92.6%) had healed and 5 (9.3%) had a malunion. There were 4 (7.4%) non-unions, 3 (5.5%) had shortening of more than 2.5 cm and 2 (3.7%) had a re-fracture. The rate of pin tract infection was very high at 42.6% (23 patients).

PROVIDER: S-EPMC2266653 | BioStudies | 2007-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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