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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

ISSN Print: 1050-6934
ISSN Online: 1940-4379

Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

DOI: 10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.2017019151
pages 337-340

Unusual Complication after Intramedullary Nailing of an Intertrochanteric Fracture

Sophie Merckaert
Department of Orthopedics, Inselspital Bern, Switzerland
Stefan Hefer
Department of Orthopedics, Hôpital Riviera Chablais, Monthey, Switzerland
Alain Akiki
Department of Orthopedics, Hôpital Riviera Chablais, Monthey, Switzerland

ABSTRACT

Intramedullary nails have gained popularity for the treatment of intertrochanteric fractures. Cephalic screw cutout, non-union, nail breakage, intraoperative fractures, and peri-implant fractures are complications of these implants and have been well described. This case report describes an unusual complication in an 89-year-old woman presenting with a femoral neck fracture with an intramedullary nail in place without implant failure or non-union after having been successfully treated three years previously for an intertrochanteric fracture.