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Combination-type periprosthetic tibial fracture: Felix type (II+IV)A


Tibial periprosthetic fractures are rare but present a complicated problem for orthopaedic surgeons. Literature in relation to combination-type periprosthetic fractures is extremely scarce, and there is limited guidance available on its treatment. We report the case of a woman in her 60s, whose radiographs revealed a periprosthetic fracture of the tibia, which was a Felix type (II+IV)A fracture. The tibial tuberosity fragment was fixed with a cannulated cancellous screw. The fracture adjacent to the stem was managed conservatively as the prosthesis was stable. Follow-up radiographs revealed both fractures to have healed completely by 12 weeks. The patient returned to preinjury functional levels by 4 months. Our demonstrated treatment of a Felix type II+IV periprosthetic fracture could be a viable treatment option for such fractures.

  • orthopaedics
  • orthopaedic and trauma surgery

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