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Vol:3 Issue:6 Number:96 ISSN#:2564-2537
ACE Report #6605
Ace Report Cover Trauma

COA/AOA: Locked plates versus retrograde nails in distal femur fracture treatment

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OrthoEvidence. COA/AOA: Locked plates versus retrograde nails in distal femur fracture treatment. ACE Report. 2014;3(6):96. Available from:

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

Locked plating vs retrograde nailing for distal femur fractures: a multicenter randomized trial

Contributing Authors: Tornetta P K Egol C Jones JP Ertl B Mullis E Perez C Collinge R Dunbar R Ostrum C Humphrey M Gardner W Ricci L Phieffer D Teague W Ertl

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126 patients, ranging from 16-90 years of age, with fracture of the distal femur were randomized to internal fixation through either locked plating or retrograde intramedullary nailing. Participants were followed-up for 12 months for radiographic, functional, and physical outcomes. Both methods of internal fixation demonstrated a comparable rate of malalignment, although plating was associated wit...

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