Avascular necrosis of the femoral head after closed intramedullary shortening in an adolescent

R. A. Mileski, Kevin Lloyd Garvin, W. W. Huurman

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Closed intramedullary shortening has become a popular treatment method for limb-length inequality in adolescents. An important, potentially devastating complication of closed intramedullary fixation only recently described is avascular necrosis of the femoral head. We believe alternative treatment options must be considered to avoid this irreversible and catastrophic complication. A larger series may define the inherent risks of this complication and help determine the ideal treatment for femoral shortening and stabilization in the adolescent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-26
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995



  • Adolescent
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Closed shortening
  • Femur fracture
  • Intramedullary fixation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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