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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 61-63

Simultaneous bilateral femoral neck fractures following electroconvulsive therapy


1 Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
2 Department of Anaesthesia, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

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Ismail Lawal Dahiru
Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Nigeria
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1595-1103.194211

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Fracture neck of femur occurs commonly among elderly people with osteoporosis being the risk factor favoring its occurrence. Its occurrence among young adults, though uncommon, follows high-energy trauma with multisystem affectation. Fracture neck of femur poses a management challenge to the surgeon in deciding on the best option of treatment, in achieving accurate reduction and fixation, and in dealing with complications which may be inevitable. Fracture neck of femur following electroconvulsive therapy is rare. Simultaneous bilateral femoral neck fractures following electroconvulsive therapy are even rarer. Simultaneous bilateral femoral neck fractures management is technically demanding, requiring considerable experience, appropriate instrumentation, and equipment. It is also associated with high morbidity which includes nonunion and avascular necrosis. These fractures can be prevented by the use of modified electroconvulsive therapy. This case seeks to reemphasize the rarity of simultaneous bilateral femoral neck fractures following electroconvulsive therapy, highlight the challenges of managing this condition and proffer ways of avoiding its occurrence.


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