Avascular necrosis of the femoral head as sequela of fracture of the greater trochanter. A case report and review of the literature

Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1993 Sep:(294):193-5.


After a fall from a tree, a 12-year-old boy sustained a fracture of the greater trochanter and was subsequently treated by open reduction. Twenty months after surgery, the hip developed to a flexion contracture, limb-length discrepancy, a collapsed, irregular-shaped femoral head with sclerotic areas, and a metaphyseal cyst. A growing child with avascular necrosis of the femoral head after fracture of the greater trochanter seems not to have been reported in the English language literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Femur Head Necrosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Femur Head Necrosis / etiology*
  • Hip Fractures / complications*
  • Hip Fractures / diagnostic imaging
  • Hip Fractures / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radiography