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There are many methods, both surgical and non-surgical, to treat pediatric femoral fractures. The spica cast is usually preferred for young patients. In adolescents, surgical treatment using intramedullary nails or bridge plating are more often preferred because they allow more movement.
For heavier children and adolescents, the more invasive bridge plating treatment has been preferred because it provides more stability. However, a new device – the lateral entry femoral nail – may offer a better solution. The Children’s Hospital of Michigan helped to develop the lateral entry femoral nail in an international clinical trial.
Investigators at Children’s are comparing fracture treatment using the lateral entry femoral nail with treatment using titanium elastic nails, to see which one provides faster healing time and fewer complications.
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Last reviewed: February 2010
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