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Over a 14-month period, 100 consecutive cases of intertrochanteric fracture were randomly allocated to be treated by either Pugh nail-plate or Dynamic Hip Screw (DHS) fixation. Although there were 11 cases of malreduction and/or suboptimal positioning of the fixation device in the femoral head, only two of these gave long-term problems. Despite the difference in configuration of the devices and a considerable disparity in price, patient satisfaction and the incidence of untoward radiological features at an average of 6 months after surgery were similar in the two groups. A trifin-ended device would thus appear to be a reliable alternative to the more commonly used hip screw systems for intertrochanteric fracture.
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Accepted: October 3, 1990
© 1991 Published by Elsevier Inc.