Distal femoral periprosthetic fracture

Case contributed by Andrew Murphy


94 year old fell onto knees, tender to touch, unable to walk.

Patient Data

Age: 94 years
Gender: Female

There is a transverse fracture through the right distal femoral diaphysis.Extensive calcification in the suprapatellar and along the anterior aspect of the right distal femoral diaphysis.


Case Discussion

Periprosthetic fractures involving the distal femur are increasing in prevalence (most likely down to an aging population) they occur after trivial trauma such as the case above 1. Supracondylar periprosthetic femoral fractures are generally classified via the Rorabeck and Taylor system where 2.3:

  • type 1: undisplaced fracture with a well-fixed prosthesis
  • type 2: displaced fracture, prosthesis still well-fixed  
  • type 3: fracture is displaced or undisplaced, and the prosthesis is loose 
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Case information

rID: 47119
Published: 1st Aug 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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