Primary total knee arthroplasty for a complex distal femur fracture in the elderly: A case report

Varatharaj Mounasamy, Quanjun Cui, Thomas E. Brown, Khaled J. Saleh, William M. Mihalko

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Abstract

Fractures of the distal femur in the elderly account for 4-5% of fractures in the geriatric population and are usually due to low energy ground level fall onto a flexed knee. A high incidence of postoperative complications and poor results are secondary to associated co-morbidities and osteopenia in this age group resulting in high levels of comminution and articular damage at the time of injury. Preservation of knee function and early weight bearing should be the objectives of management in the geriatric population. We present in this case report of an elderly patient with comminuted distal femoral fracture who had Primary total knee arthroplasty as an alternative to internal fixation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-494
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology
Volume17
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Femur
  • Fracture
  • Knee
  • Osteopenia
  • Total knee arthroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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