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Dital femoral traction pins need to be proximal to adductor tubricle

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By David Bennett Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon in the United States
Matthew McElvany, Brion Benninger, Sawyer Smith, Amer Mirza, Lynn Marshall, Darin Friess
OBJECTIVES: To examine the frequency of intra-articular placement of distal femoral traction pins and their proximity to the superficial femoral artery (SFA). METHODS: Wires were placed in the distal femurs of 28 cadaveric knees at the adductor tubercle (ADT), the superior pole of the patella (SPP), and 2 cm proximal to SPP (SPP+2). A lateral fluoroscopic image was obtained after injection of radiopaque contrast to assess for joint penetration. Dissection was performed to confirm or refute fluoroscopic findings...
November 2013: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
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