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Current Issue - November 2023, Volume 17, Issue No. 3

Official Journal of Malaysian Orthopaedic Association and ASEAN Orthopaedic Association

The Role of Computed Tomography and Radiographs in the Management of Intertrochanteric Fractures


Introduction: The Intertrochanteric fracture is a common hip trauma encountered in elderly patients. There is a lack of general agreement regarding its surgical management and choice of implant. Purpose of this study to conclude the final decision matrix regarding surgical management of intertrochanteric fractures based on parameters assessed on plain radiographs and CT scan.

Materials and methods: We have retrospectively evaluated 55 patients with intertrochanteric fractures presented to our institute after informed consent with radiographs and CT scans between July 2017 to July 2018. Assessment of various parameters regarding fracture geometry and classification as well as measurement was done.

Results: Mean lateral wall thickness in present study was 20.76mm. Incidence of coronal fragments was 90.9% and absence of coronal fragment in 5 patients. We noted the cases with anterior comminution had also a posterior comminution rendered the fracture unstable in almost 20 % cases.

Conclusion: Better understanding of fracture geometry by combined used of radiograph and CT scan enhanced preoperative planning, choice of suitable implant, helps in reduction manoeuvre and improving quality of osteosynthesis.

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