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Vol:2 Issue:9 Number:43 ISSN#:2564-2537
ACE Report #5613
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OTA 2013: Locked plates comparable to nails for treatment of distal femur fractures

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OrthoEvidence. OTA 2013: Locked plates comparable to nails for treatment of distal femur fractures. ACE Report. 2013;2(9):43. Available from:

Study Type:Randomized Trial
OE Level Evidence:N/A
Journal Level of Evidence:N/A

Locked Plating Versus Retrograde Nailing for Distal Femur Fractures: A Multicenter Randomized Trial

Contributing Authors: Paul Tornetta Kenneth A Egol Clifford B Jones Janos P Ertl Brian Mullis Edward Perez Cory A Collinge Robert Ostrum Catherine Humphrey Sean Nork Michael J Gardner William M Ricci Laura S Phieffer David Teague William Ertl Christopher

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156 patients, aged 16-90 years of age, with A1-3 or C1 distal femur fractures were randomly assigned into 1 of 2 groups to compare the effectiveness of treatment with retrograde nailing or locked plates. Results demonstrated no significant difference between either treatment options in any of the functional results, but a trend towards better outcomes in favour of retrograde nailing was noticed. A...

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