Prophylactic fixation of an incomplete subtrochanteric femur fracture due to a low-velocity gunshot injury: A unique case

Sin Jhang Wang, Chih Chien Wang, Chian Her Lee, Yuan Ta Li, Jen Ta Shih, Leou Chyr Lin, Hsain Chung Shen

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We report on a 17-year-old man who underwent prophylactic fixation of the incomplete subtrochanteric femur fracture produced by a low-velocity gunshot. The subtrochanteric region is a high-stress site. Therefore, to avoid progression to complete fracture and displacement requiring secondary surgical stabilization, we used a proximal femoral nail for prophylactic fixation of the incomplete subtrochanteric femur fracture. The patient was able to walk and bear weight on the injured side immediately after surgery. At the 1-year follow-up, the patient was pain-free with a full range of motion of his right hip and had a bony union.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-260
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Medical Sciences (Taiwan)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2015



  • Gunshot
  • Proximal femoral nail
  • Subtrochanteric femur fracture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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