We would like to share with you the most recent publication from the MacOrtho team. This paper, titled "Tip to apex distance in femoral intertrochanteric fractures: a systematic review" has been published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Science.
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Rubio-Avila J, Madden K, Simunovic N, Bhandari M.Tip to apex distance in femoral intertrochanteric fractures: a systematic review.J Orthop Sci. 2013 May 2. [Epub ahead of print]
BACKGROUND: Hip fractures are associated with high morbidity, mortality, and cost. Implants used for hip fracture fixation can fail for many reasons including lag screw cut-out. Tip-apex distance (TAD) is indicative of the position and depth of a screw in the femoral head and has been shown to be associated with cut-out failure. We conducted a systematic review of the published literature to quantify the association between TAD and cut-out failure for patients undergoing hip fracture fixation surgery.
METHODS: We performed a search of the Medline, Embase, and Cochrane databases. We performed abstract and full text reviews independently and in duplicate. We used a random effects model to combine, in duplicate, the incidence of cut-out for patients who had TAD <25 mm and TAD >25 mm. We also combined mean TAD values for patients who had cut-out failure and those who did not.
RESULTS: Seventeen studies were eligible for this review, four of which were included in combined analysis of dichotomous outcomes and seven in combined analysis of continuous outcomes. Patients with TAD >25 mm had a significantly greater risk of cut-out than patients with TAD <25 mm (RR = 12.71). Patients who experienced implant cut-out had significantly higher TAD scores than those who did not (mean difference = 6.54 mm).
CONCLUSION: Tip-apex distance is an important concept in relation to cut-out failure of hip fracture fixation surgery. Surgeons should understand and apply the concept of TAD to improve outcomes for their patients.