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Arnold Besselaar, Daniel Green, Andrew Howard

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James Hunter

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Fergal Monsell

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32-D/4.1 Complete transverse, simple

Definition

Simple transverse or oblique (≤30°) fractures of the femoral shaft are classified 32-D/4.1. They may occur in the proximal, middle, or distal third of the femoral shaft.

These fractures are often a result of high-energy trauma.

They are axially stable and do not tend to shorten under load.

Simple, complete transverse femoral shaft fracture

X-ray

X-ray of a simple, complete transverse femoral shaft fracture