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Bilateral femoral neck fractures in an adult male following minimal trauma after a simple mechanical fall: a case report

Title: Bilateral femoral neck fractures in an adult male following minimal trauma after a simple mechanical fall: a case report
Authors: Sood, A
Rao, C
Holloway, I
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Despite being rare there are several reports in the medical literature of bilateral femoral neck fractures in adult patients. They have been reported to have occurred following major trauma, or as a result of primary or secondary bone disease. In this case report we describe for the first time in the literature bilateral femoral neck fractures in a patient following minimal trauma after a simple mechanical fall. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe the case of an 84-year-old gentleman who sustained bilateral intracapsular fractures following a simple mechanical fall. Prompt diagnosis and early surgical intervention resulted in a satisfactory outcome. CONCLUSION: This case highlights that in the elderly, even in the absence of primary and secondary bone disease, bilateral neck of femur fractures can occur following relatively minor trauma. Consequently, the orthopaedic surgeon, emergency physician and general practitioner should be aware of this injury, particularly when managing traumatic injuries in confused patients.
Issue Date: 28-Jan-2009
Date of Acceptance: 28-Jan-2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/43973
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1757-1626-2-92
ISSN: 1757-1626
Publisher: BioMed Central
Journal / Book Title: Cases Journal
Volume: 2
Copyright Statement: © 2009 The Authors; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: 1199 Other Medical And Health Sciences
Publication Status: Published
Conference Place: England
Article Number: 92
Appears in Collections:Department of Surgery and Cancer