This study was performed to determine whether overgrowth occurs when treating infantile femoral shaft fractures with a Pavlik harness. Twenty-three patients, aged less than 1 year, treated with a Pavlik harness for a femoral shaft fracture were included. Shortening at the time of injury was recorded on radiographs and compared with those obtained at the follow-up visit 18 months or later. Average overgrowth was 5mm (1-18 mm). Overgrowth occurs in infants following treatment of femoral fractures with a Pavlik harness. Initial shortening of up to 18mm was acceptable and resulted in a leg-length discrepancy of less than 5mm due to overgrowth in our population.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine