Hip Fractures pp 129-190 | Cite as

Intertrochanteric Fractures

  • Kenneth J. Koval
  • Joseph D. Zuckerman


Because they are located distal to the anatomic limits of the hip joint capsule, fractures in the region between the greater and lesser trochanters are characterized as extracapsular fractures (Figure 6.1). The cancellous bone in this intertrochanteric region is well vascularized. Therefore, one rarely encounters the problems of nonunion and osteonecrosis that can complicate intracapsular fractures.


Femoral Head Femoral Shaft Trochanteric Fracture Intertrochanteric Fracture Gamma Nail 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth J. Koval
    • 1
    • 2
  • Joseph D. Zuckerman
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryNYU — Hospital for Joint DiseasesUSA
  2. 2.Orthopaedic SurgeryNYU School of MedicineUSA

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