Femoral Shaft Fracture: Pavlik Harness

  • Jason Read
  • Eric D. Shirley
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A 6-week-old female infant presented with a leg pain after a witnessed fall. Radiographs demonstrated a nondisplaced femur fracture. A Pavlik harness was selected to treat the fracture. The harness was well tolerated by the patient and family. The femur fracture healed successfully within 4 weeks without any complications.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nemours Children‘s Speciality CareJacksonvilleUSA
  2. 2.Pediatric Orthopaedic AssociatesMariettaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Eric D. Shirley
    • 1
  1. 1.Pediatric Orthopaedic AssociatesMariettaUSA

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