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Subtrochanteric Femur Fracture in Neonates: A Rare Complication after Breech Presentation

Sahil Singla, Rohit Sharma, Rajan Sharma, Ranbir S Bawa, Arshpreet Singh, Navpreet S Sidhu, Satinderpal K Satti, Arshpreet S Dhillon

Citation Information : Singla S, Sharma R, Sharma R, Bawa RS, Singh A, Sidhu NS, Satti SK, Dhillon AS. Subtrochanteric Femur Fracture in Neonates: A Rare Complication after Breech Presentation. 2020; 2 (2):79-81.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10079-1028

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 16-04-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).


Fetus born in breech presentation are commonly delivered via cesarean section which is necessary to prevent trauma, and this extraction by operative maneuver can rarely lead to trauma and may result in femur fracture. But delivery of breech via vaginal route leads to various complications such as fractures. Femur fracture although being relatively a rare complication one of the most common fractures of the lower extremity presenting in newly born babies. In our case, 39-week mature fetus with weight 3,300 g breech presentation delivered by cesarean section presented with subtrochanteric femur fracture left side. A complete healing of the fracture, without any sequelae, was noted when the patient was simply immobilized with hip in flexion, abduction, and external rotation. The possibility of accidental injuries and traumatic complications are significantly reduced in cesarean section, especially in breech delivery when compared with vaginal delivery, but it does not completely eliminate the possible birth injuries and thus fractures of the newborn. So, clinicians must check for fractures even after cesarean section in breech presentation.

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