Use of an Industrial Tungsten Carbide Drill in the Treatment of a Complex Fracture in a Patient with Severe Osteopetrosis: A Case Report
The treatment of fractures in osteopetrosis can be complicated and difficult. We describe the use of an industrial grade tungsten carbide drill bit in the treatment of one of these complex fractures. An industrial grade tungsten carbide drill bit was used to fashion a medullary canal in the surgical treatment of a left peri-implant fracture of the neck of femur in a patient with osteopetrosis. The patient was successfully treated with a hemiarthroplasty with good functional outcomes. A tungsten carbide drill bit serves as an effective and safe option in the treatment of osteopetrotic femoral neck fractures.
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