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Cortical bridging a union predictor: A prospective study after intramedullary nailing of the femoral shaft fractures

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posted on 2023-04-03, 05:59 authored by Arvin Najafi, Parmida Shahbazi, Salman Azarsina, Danoosh Zargar, Mohammad KahriziMohammad Kahrizi, Dorsa Hadavi, Reza Minaei-Noshahr
Early prediction of the union helps for timely intervention, reduction of hospitalization, treatment costs, and disability in cases of nonunion. With this in mind, we tried to find how long any cortical bridging predicts the union in femoral shaft fractures. A prospective study of 113 femoral shaft fractures treated with reamed, locked intramedullary nailing was performed. Radiographs were taken during months 2 to 4, 6, 9, and one-year follow-up. The cortical bridging (presence and number) was assessed by anterior-posterior and lateral views. The ROC curve provides the prediction of the union. The overall nonunion rate was 10.6% (12 of 113 fractures). Age and diabetes mellitus were statistically significant with nonunion (p value < 0.001). The final analysis demonstrated that any cortical bridging at four months postoperatively was the most accurate and earlier indicator (105 of 113, 92.9% accuracy), while it was 84.9% at six months in bicortical and 80.5% accuracy at nine months in tricortical bridging. Low-cost and simple radiographic imaging presents cortical bridging in any form 4 months after surgery that precisely predicts a union in femoral shaft fractures.

History

Journal

European Journal of Translational Myology

Volume

32

Article number

10835

Pagination

1-7

Location

Italy

ISSN

2037-7452

eISSN

2037-7460

Language

eng

Issue

4

Publisher

PAGEPress Publications