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Femoral Fractures Above Total Knee Arthroplasty

  • William L. Healy
  • Michael Schmitz
  • John M. Siliski
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Abstract

Fractures of the distal femur above total knee arthroplasty are uncommon, with a reported incidence ranging from 0.3 to 2.5%1–8; however, the combination of an aging population, broadening indications for total knee arthroplasty, and increased levels of activity of patients after knee replacement suggests the incidence of these fractures may increase in the 1990s. Reported risk factors for ipsilateral fracture of the distal femur after total knee arthroplasty include osteopenia, rheumatoid arthritis, steroid therapy, and revision arthroplasty of the knee.3,4,7,9 Neurologic disorders, most commonly seizure disorders and cerebral ataxia, are also risk factors.10

Keywords

Total Knee Arthroplasty Femoral Component Femoral Fracture Knee Replacement Distal Femur 
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  • William L. Healy
  • Michael Schmitz
  • John M. Siliski

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