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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2013, Article ID 815460, 3 pages
Case Report

Posttraumatic Cortical Defect of Femur

1Department of Radiodiagnosis, All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi 110029, India
2Department of Orthopaedics, All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi 110029, India

Received 3 August 2013; Accepted 2 September 2013

Academic Editors: K. Erler and G. Maccauro

Copyright © 2013 Jeyaseelan Nadarajah 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.


Posttraumatic cortical defect of bone is a rare entity which occurs in a maturing skeleton following green stick or torus fracture. Most of the cases are asymptomatic and they are detected incidentally on radiograph. These lesions usually require no treatment. However, the appearance of these lesions can mimic various pathological conditions affecting bone. Knowledge about this entity is important as it avoids unnecessary investigations. We present this case as the occurrence of this entity in femur is very rare and the child was symptomatic.