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FRACTURES OF THE FEMUR IN PAGET'S DISEASE OF BONE

Michael Grundy

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1. Sixty-three fractures of the femur occurring in forty-eight patients with Paget's disease are presented. 2. In patients with Paget's disease the femur is the bone most often fractured, although the risk of fracture is probably not much greater than that of the normal population. 3. Many femoral fractures in Paget's disease are spontaneous and are preceded by pain. Extension of a stress fracture is the most likely cause. 4. All eleven femoral neck fractures in this series failed to unite; it is suggested that neither operation nor prolonged conservative treatment is indicated. 5. Subtrochanteric fractures, if severely displaced, are best treated by intramedullary nailing. 6. Most shaft fractures may be satisfactorily treated by conservative means. Deformity of the shaft can be corrected in fractures treated by external splintage. 7. The time required for union has been neither unduly short nor unduly prolonged. 8. The long-term results in this series have been acceptable. Sarcomatous change as a complication of fracture was not observed.