SA Orthopaedic Journal
On-line version ISSN 2309-8309
UKUNDA, UNF; FIRTH, GB and ROBERTSON, AJF. The contralateral hip in SCFE: prophylactic pinning complicated by a subtrochanteric fracture. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2012, vol.11, n.3, pp. 97-106. ISSN 2309-8309.
The management of the contralateral unaffected hip in the unilateral slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) remains controversial. This is a report of two cases of subtrochanteric femoral fracture following prophylactic pinning. These two cases illustrate that prophylactic pinning is not devoid of complications as the literature might suggest, and should be highlighted as a potential post-operative complication.
Keywords : SCFE; contralateral hip; subtrochanteric fracture; prophylactic pinning.