Rare mode of dynamic hip screw failure

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ABSTRACT:The sliding hip screw (SHS) has been the orthopaedic surgeon's implant of choice for repairing intertrochanteric femur fractures for nearly 30 years. Breakage of SHS is very rare and is seen mainly at the plate screw junction. Here we report a rare case of SHS failure; in this case the patient was asymptomatic after apparently uneventful fracture healing and the failure of SHS took place at the junction of barrel and screw. (Hip International 2008; 18: 239-41)

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