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Femoral Neck Frx: Acceptable Reduction Parameters


- See:
       - x-rays for femoral neck fractures
       - technique of closed reduction

- Acceptable Reduction:
    - poor reduction of femoral neck frx interferes w/ blood supply to femoral head & decreases apposition of bone between bone fragments;
    - reduction should leave neck-shaft angle between 130-150 degrees;
    - radiographic outline of femoral head & neck junction will have convex outline of femoral head meeting concave outline of femoral neck regardless on all views;
           - this outline produces image of S or reversed S curve;
           - hence, if outline reveals an unbroken C curve, then frx is not reduced;
    - posterior comminution: have higher occurance of non-union;
    - garden's alignment index
    - valgus reduction:
           - reduction should leave neck-shaft angle between 130-150 degrees;
           - acceptable reduction may have up to 15 deg of valgus angulation;
           - valgus reduction will increase bony stability, esp in pts w/ posterior comminution;
           - excessive valgus ( > 185 deg - Garden angle ) may increase rate of AVN (due to tethering of lateral epiphyseal vessels);
           - valgus position can be reduced by decreasing traction;
    - varus reduction:
           - results in an increased non-union rate;
           - if reduction is in varus, more traction must be applied, & greater trochanter is pushed medially w/ heel of hand to adduct shaft in relation to head;
                   - this will increase valgus position & impact frx at same time;
           - as noted by Weinrobe, et al (1998), major relative risk of redisplacement of femoral neck fractures correlates with initial inferior fracture offset and varus angulation;
                   - the take home message is that a non anatomic reduction will often lead to postoperative displacement;
                   - similar findings were published by Chua, et al (1998), who noted that varus angulation was the biggest predictor of early fixation failure;
    - angulation: (anteversion)
         - reduction should be between 0 - 15 degrees of anteversion;
         - anterior or posterior angulation of > than 10 degrees should not be accepted, particularly in osteoporotic bone;
    - apex anterior angulation: (retroversion)
         - internal rotation & adduction oppose fracture surfaces & correct apex anterior angulation on lateral view;
         - posterior angulation or retroversion can be corrected by posterior directed force applied to anterior aspect of femoral shaft



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