Overgrowth after femoral shaft fractures in infants treated with a Pavlik harness

John Mahajan, William Hennrikus, Brian Piazza

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-10
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Part B
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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