Establishing the diagnosis of long bone fracture is rarely difficult. Treatment may vary widely however, depending on patient factors, fracture location, fracture pattern, and associated injuries. Non-unions of long bones are common due to the relatively poor blood supply of diaphyseal bone. In general, the trend in treatment of long bone fractures is away from open reduction and plating which achieves anatomic reduction at the expense of compromising the periosteal blood supply to the bone. Closed reduction and intramedullary nailing is now the preferred method for most lower extremity diaphyseal fractures.
KeywordsBone Fracture Open Reduction External Fixation Compartment Syndrome Intramedullary Nailing
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