Evaluation of osteoporotic trochanteric fractures treated with cement-augmented dynamic hip screw

Rahul Kumar Chandan, Dharampal Verma, R. C. Meena, Jakir Husain


Background: Dynamic hip screw (DHS) has been the standard treatment for stable trochanteric fracture patterns. However, primary stabilization with dynamic/sliding hip screw is not always successful, especially in osteoporotic fractures. Internal fixation in such a situation may achieve a satisfactory initial fracture site reduction, but late fracture collapse into varus during weight bearing, can lead to a high failure rate. Since 1975, polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) cement-augmented DHS have been used as a solution in unstable ITFs by adding an anchoring ability to the lag screw.

Methods: A series of 33 osteoporotic intertrochanteric fractures were operated with cement augmented dynamic hip screw. One patient lost to follow up. All patients were then allowed partial weight bearing walker aided ambulation under the guidance of physiotherapist on the second or third postoperative day. The patients were followed radio logically and clinically at regular intervals (1st month, than at 3rd month and then at 6th month interval after surgery). Results were graded as excellent (score >31), good (score 24-31), fair (score 16-23), and poor (score <16). Clinical result was given according to Salvati and Wilson scoring.

Results: Total 33 patients were taken for the study they were followed for minimum 6 months and at 6 months the clinical outcome was rated as per the Salvati and Wilson scoring system. One patient lost to follow-up. Final clinical results as evaluated by Salvati and Wilson scoring were; excellent in 24 cases (75%), good in 7 cases (21.88%), fair in 1 case (3.12%) and poor in 0 cases (0%). There were no non-union, AVN, implant failure and screw cut-out in our study.

Conclusions: The surgical management of intertrochanteric fractures with PMMA augmented DHS provide a stable fixation with moderate pain free early mobilisation and better outcome in osteoporotic patients without the complications of superior screw cut-out, sliding collapse, and with the appropriate placement of bone cement along with proper amount (4-5 ml) of cement we can also reduce the cement related complications such as delayed healing, nonunion, heat necrosis and avascular necrosis.


Dynamic hip screw, Osteoporosis, Screw cut out, Polymethylmethacrylate, Salvati and Wilson score

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