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Type: Journal article
Title: Comparison of stable and unstable pertrochanteric femur fractures managed with 2- and 4-hole side plates
Author: Baird, R.
O'Brien, P.
Cruickshank, D.
Citation: Canadian Journal of Surgery, 2014; 57(5):327-330
Publisher: Canadian Medical Association
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 0008-428X
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Robert Peter Baird, Peter O’Brien, David Cruickshank
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Sliding hip screw (SHS) fixation traditionally involves the use of 4-hole side plates; however, 4-hole plates have disadvantages, including longer surgery and greater postoperative pain, and there is little evidence that they provide increased stability. We compared 2- and 4-hole side plates in stable and unstable pertrochanteric fractures. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled consecutive patients with pertrochanteric femoral fractures treated between Jan. 1, 2004, and Apr. 30, 2009, with a 135° SHS using either a 2- or 4-hole side plate, based on surgeon preference. RESULTS: A total of 327 patients were managed with an SHS device (252 women, 75 men). There were 208 stable fracture patterns (AO/OTA 31 A1, A2.1) and 119 unstable (AO/OTA 31 A2.2, A2.3, A3). We managed 172 patients with 2-hole plates and 155 with 4-hole plates. The average duration of surgery (30.44 v. 51.45 min), blood loss (26.0 v. 31.3 g/L) and transfusion requirements (43% v. 31. 60% transfusion) were significantly lower with the 2-hole than the 4-hole plate. There was no significant difference in length of stay (19 v. 16 d). With stable fractures there was no significant difference in failure rate (6.3% v. 4.9%). In unstable fractures there was a significantly higher rate of failure using 2-hole side plates (24.4% v. 10.8%). CONCLUSION: In stable fractures, use of an SHS with a 2-hole side plate results in shorter surgery and less blood loss/transfusion than a 4-hole side plate, with equivalent survival. In unstable fractures, there is a greater than 2-fold rate of failure when a 2-hole side plate is used.
Keywords: Bone Screws
Rights: © 2014 Canadian Medical Association
RMID: 0030021957
DOI: 10.1503/cjs.026113
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