Total hip replacement in patient with residual poliomyelitis with neglected femoral neck fracture



BinHussain H, Elzwai E, Fox S, Langhi S.


BMJ Case Rep. 2021 May 21;14(5):e240221. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2020-240221.


A 71-year-old man with residual poliomyelitis was referred to the orthopaedic surgeons with a neglected left femoral neck fracture of the paralytic limb. He had presented at another hospital with left groin pain and inability to weight bear 4 weeks earlier after a fall from standing height, but had delayed treatment due to his insistence on waiting until he returned to his home country.Successful treatment of residual poliomyelitis fractures requires early union as well as early mobilisation and rehabilitation. This patient presented to the orthopaedic surgeons with a challenging case due to the delay in treatment and the fact that the fracture was basicervical which results in an unstable fracture. Surgical expertise was required to decide on the optimum surgical option and a total hip arthroplasty was performed. The patient made a good recovery following physiotherapy as evidenced clinically and radiologically. CI – © BMJ Publishing Group Limited 2021. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ.

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Link/DOI: 10.1136/bcr-2020-240221