Radiation Exposure During Skeletal Traction Treatment of Pediatric Femoral Fractures

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Radiation-exposure data during femoral fracture management has not been previously reported. We report a retrospective analysis of radiation exposure in 45 patients aged 5-12 years (average, 8.3) with isolated femoral shaft fractures treated by 90/90 ° femoral skeletal traction. Group I had 32 patients aged 5-9 years (average, 7.3), and group II had 13 patients of an average age of 10.7 years. Total average radiation dose before casting was 0.699 rads and was independent of age and gender. In addition to potential complications of tractions and increased hospital stay with attendant fiscal and psychosocial burdens, radiation exposure with this type of management, in this series, was significant.

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