Research Article| Volume 18, ISSUE 1, P24-27, January 1987

The Pugh nail-plate—a low incidence of device failure

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      A consecutive series of 118 patients with fracture of the proximal end of the femur treated by the Pugh nail-plate, is reported. The contribution of failure of the device to failure of fixation is analysed. Fifteen subjects had a failure of fixation either requiring removal of the implant or resulting in malunion of the fracture. In only 2 of the fractures for which the nail-plate was designed could failure be directly attributed to the device alone. In the remaining failures of fixation the device was inappropriately used or inserted.
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