Functional Outcome and MRI of Muscle Damage Following Nailing Procedure in Femur (Thigh) Fractures Using Different Entry Points

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 10, 2007
Last Update Posted : April 15, 2011
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University of British Columbia

Brief Summary:

Study focus is femoral shaft (thigh bone) fractures (break) that require surgical treatment under anaesthetic to stabilize the femur fracture. This is usually done by placing a metal nail and screws inside the femur (thigh) bone.

This study has been designed to allow us to learn more about the effect of using a different starting point to insert the nail into the body in order to access the fracture and fix it. This question is important because to date, all entry points currently used do result in some muscle damage. In order to minimize this damage a lateral (side) entry nail has been developed and is currently in use at many centres. This nail is new but, the lateral entry technique for these types of fractures has been used extensively in the past, and this nail has been developed in order to better accommodate the technique.

It is believed that entering laterally instead of going deeper into the tissue to access the bone to fix it is going to result in less muscle damage which in turn will improve functional outcome.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Femoral Shaft Fracture Device: Femoral Nailing with Different Entry Points Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Functional Outcome and MR Imaging of Abductor Damage Following Antegrade Femoral Nailing With Different Entry Points: A Prospective Randomized Trial
Study Start Date : April 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2011

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MedlinePlus related topics: Fractures
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Intervention Details:
    Device: Femoral Nailing with Different Entry Points
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Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. 12 month functional outcome and determination of muscle and tendon damage with MR Imaging [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 19 to 60 years of age
  • Isolated closed femoral shaft fracture
  • Ability to take part in follow-up and functional testing

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients under 19 and over 60 years of age
  • Non - traumatic/pathological fractures
  • Ipsilateral acetabulum/pelvis fracture
  • Open femoral shaft fracture
  • Previous lower extremity surgery
  • Pre-existing disability
  • Presents for revision surgery
  • Mentally incompetent to consent

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00471913

Canada, British Columbia
Vancouver General Hospital
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of British Columbia
Principal Investigator: Pierre Guy, MD University of British Columbia

Responsible Party: Dr. Pierre Guy, University of British Columbia Identifier: NCT00471913     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: H06-03242
First Posted: May 10, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 15, 2011
Last Verified: April 2011

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fractures, Bone
Wounds and Injuries