Comminuted femur fracture in a free fall jump: A case report

Rachel E. Bridwell, Joshua J. Oliver, Danielle Ziehl, Lloyd I. Tannenbaum, Patrick M. McCarthy

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Military free fall or high-altitude low-opening parachute jumps play a key role in special operations tactics, though injury patterns in these operators are not well characterized. In contrast to lower-altitude static line paratroopers, free fall operators require precise parachute deployment after a prolonged descent, with the potential for high-velocity trauma. This report describes a 33-year-old Marine Corps Reconnaissance operator who sustained left comminuted basicervical femoral neck fracture requiring cephalomedullary nail internal fixation with a full recovery. This femoral neck fracture highlights the high-energy injuries experienced by these invaluable operators, especially when conducting combat or night jumps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E1318-E1319
JournalMilitary medicine
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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