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Femoral Neck Fracture

Femoral Neck Fracture

  • Full evaluation requires internal rotation of the femur on AP pelvic radiograph. If the femurs are neutrally positioned or externally rotated, the femoral neck will be foreshortened and a fracture may be missed.
  • Occur most commonly in the subcapital region.
  • Associated with postmenopausal osteoporosis.
  • Avascular necrosis of the femoral head is a complication that occurs in 10-30% of subcapital fractures secondary to disruption of the femoral circumflex arteries.
  • Nonunion may occur.
Look at the following radiograph and try to identify the fracture. Can you find it?
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AP view of pelvis


Now look at another radiograph from a different patient. Can you find the fracture?
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Frog-lateral view of hip




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