Failure of short versus long cephalomedullary nail after intertrochanteric fractures

Pernille Engell Bovbjerg*, Morten Schultz Larsen, Carsten Fladmose Madsen, Jesper Schønnemann

*Corresponding author for this work

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The aim of study is to examine the frequency of reoperation and difference in failures for short cephalomedullary nail (SN) and long cephalomedullary nail (LN).We included patients with an intertrochanteric fracture treated with Gamma nail (Stryker®). All radiographs were reviewed, TAD and diastasis were measured, and type of failure registered.216 patients were included, 95 short nails and 121 long nails. We found 12 reoperations, 5 in the SN group and 7 in the LN group. Most common failure was cut out. Our study showed no difference in frequency of reoperations or type of failures.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Orthopaedics
Pages (from-to)209-212
Publication statusPublished - 1. Mar 2020


  • Cephalomedullary nail
  • Complication
  • Gamma nail
  • Hip fracture
  • Intertrochanteric fracture
  • Intramedullary nail


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