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Reduction of high dislocation of the hip using a distraction nail before arthroplasty

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We report the case of a 22-year-old woman who underwent plate and screw fixation for a traumatic left acetabular fracture and fixation with cancellous screws for an associated femoral neck fracture. Two months later, the internal fixation became infected and was removed. This resulted in a painful high dislocation of the hip. We solved the problem with continuous soft-tissue distraction using a fully implantable motorised distraction nail in order to reduce the proximal femur prior to total hip arthroplasty. To our knowledge, this is the first time that reduction of a high dislocation of the hip has been performed using such a system.

Correspondence should be sent to Dr R. Baumgart; e-mail: rainer.baumgart@med.uni-muenchen.de

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