False Femoral Neck Fracture Detected during Shaft Nailing: A Mach Band Effect
Kyu Hyun Yang ; Sungjun Kim ; Ji Do Jeong
Yonsei Medical Journal, Vol.54(3) : 803~805, 2013
Yonsei Medical Journal
Femoral neck fractures are associated with femoral shaft fractures in 1% to 9% of cases. Undisplaced neck fractures are susceptible to displacement during shaft nailing. We report the case of a 57-year-old male patient in whom we performed standard intramedullary nailing for a femoral shaft fracture. In doing so, we identified a vertical radiolucent line at the femoral neck, which was thought to be further displacement of a hidden silent fracture or an iatrogenic fracture that developed during nail insertion. Consequently, we decided to switch to reconstructive femoral nailing. Postoperative hip imaging failed to show the femoral neck fracture that we saw in the operating room. Here, we discuss the aforementioned case and review the literature concerning this artifact.