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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2011, Article ID 614509, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/614509
Case Report

Bent Intramedullary Femoral Nail: Surgical Technique of Removal and Reconstruction

11st Department of Orthopaedics, Athens University Medical School, University of Athens, ATTIKON University General Hospital, 1 Rimini Street, Chaidari, 12462 Attica, Greece
2Department of Orthopaedics, General Hospital of Levadia, 1 Agiou Vlassiou Street, 32100 Levadia, Greece

Received 21 June 2011; Accepted 2 August 2011

Academic Editors: R. A. Gosselin, T. J. Huang, and J. Mayr

Copyright © 2011 Vasileios I. Sakellariou et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A secondary high-velocity trauma to a previously stabilized femoral fracture with intramedullary nailing is rare. In this paper, we present the management of a 40-year-old man presented with a bent intramedullary nail due to secondary trauma. A lateral longitudinal femoral osteotomy was used for the resection of the distorted nail. The femur was reconstructed with a new nail, and the fixation of the osteotomy was achieved with plate and cerclage wires. Five months postrevision surgery, callus formation was evident and the patient regained a normal range of motion and gait, walking with a single cane.