Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 161, Issue 1, pp 5–8 | Cite as

Interlocking intramedullary nailing for the treatment of tibial fractures

  • J. O’Beirne
  • P. Seigne
  • J. P. McElwain


Thirty-seven tibial shaft fractures in 34 patients were treated with the Grosse-Kempf interlocking intramedullary nail over a two year period.

Thirty-six tibiae were consolidated at a median of 17 weeks; one had re-fractured following nail removal in a separate injury, but was now uniting on conservative treatment. Using very detailed clinical and radiological analysis, and excluding the patient who had re-fractured, the results were excellent in 19, good in 8, fair in 6 and poor in 3.

The most significant complications were haematoma formation and additional comminution during nail insertion.

Overall, we found tibial nailing to be a satisfactory procedure, facilitating rapid rehabilitation with early weight bearing and resulting in predictable fracture healing in good alignment. Author responsible for correspondence:


Intramedullary Nailing Tibial Fracture Tibial Shaft Tibial Shaft Fracture Tibial Nailing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. O’Beirne
    • 1
  • P. Seigne
    • 1
  • J. P. McElwain
    • 1
  1. 1.Meath HospitalDublin 8

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