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June 28, 1965

Femoral Shaft Fracture With Ipsilateral Ankylosed Hip

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From the Fracture Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

JAMA. 1965;192(13):1153-1155. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080260041012

Dr. E. J. Morrissey:  A 75-year-old woman tripped going down a flight of stairs and injured her left leg. She suffered no other injury in her fall.Twenty years previously the patient had fractured the neck of her left femur. A closed reduction and nailing had been performed. After the removal of the nail one year following the injury, the patient claimed that there had been some drainage for a short time. However, review of the records from the hospital where she was then treated failed to confirm the suspicion of sepsis.Six years prior to the present injury, the patient had fallen and had injured the left leg. She was treated at the Massachusetts General Hospital for a spiral fracture of the mid shaft of the left femur. Fibrous ankylosis of the left hip with fixed flexion of 35° and external rotation of 25° was present. After

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