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Prospective randomized comparison of gliding nail and gamma nail in the therapy of trochanteric fractures

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In a prospective randomized study, we compared the new intramedullary implant of the gliding nail to the gamma nail in the fixation of 80 unstable trochanteric fractures in elderly patients. The preconditions of both groups were comparable. We found no differences concerning the operation time, blood loss, period of stationary treatment or social situation. Also, the anatomic reconstruction and the long-term function according to the Merle d’Aubigne score were comparable. Regarding postoperative complications, the gliding nail showed a minor tendency of cutting out; this we attribute to the special design of the dynamic blade and regard it as the most favourable advantage of this new implant.

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Received: 19 May 1998

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Fritz, T., Hiersemann, K., Krieglstein, C. et al. Prospective randomized comparison of gliding nail and gamma nail in the therapy of trochanteric fractures. Arch Orth Traum Surg 119, 1–6 (1999). https://doi.org/10.1007/s004020050345

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