Document Type



Surgery; Orthopaedic Surgery


Abstract: Introduction: Bilateral long bone fractures are rare and usually are associated with increased risk of complications. These fractures are usually associated with poly traumatic injuries or high impact trauma resulting in shock. Commonest etiology is road traffic accident. Closed diaphyseal fractures are best managed by intramedullary nailing; management becomes difficult if there are open fractures and late arrival. In this study we intend to present our experience of managing these patients. Materials and Methods: Medical records of all adult patients (age more than 16 years of age) admitted at Aga Khan University and Hospital with bilateral femur fractures +/- other systemic injuries 2006-2014 were reviewed retrospectively. Adult patients with complete medical records were included and patients with missing data were excluded from the study. SPSS version 19 was used for data entering and Statistical analysis. Results: We retrieved 11 cases of bilateral femur fractures. Mean age of patients was 34.5 +/- 20.9, with male predominance constituting 72.7%. Common mode of injury was fall from height and road traffic accident (RTA) 45.5% each, with the exception of one gunshot. Mean Injury Severity Score was 26.9+/-7.79. Mean Revised Trauma Score was 7.39 +/-0.62; mean Trauma Injury and Severity Score was 92.4 +/- 6.6%. 2 patients had surgical site infections and 1 had non-union. We encountered no mortality. Increase ISS is associated with increased risk of morbidity and length of hospital stay (p= 0.02)

Publication (Name of Journal)

National Journal of Health Sciences

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Orthopedics Commons